In response to the move to Lockdown Level 2, as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday, 12 September 2021, UCT Libraries will extend its hours with effect from Saturday 18 September - Tuesday 23 November 2021.
Mandy Noble, Principal Librarian in Special Collections, pays tribute to the Published Collections team who led an enormous amount of recovery work since the salvage after the fire in the Jagger Library.
For the second semester of 2021, the Digital Library Services (DLS) department of UCT Libraries will continue to live stream their Digital Scholar Series. Presenters from DLS will showcase some of the practices and tools available to enhance your research skills through Digital Scholarship, with a particular focus on managing your research data efficiently. See the full schedule and register.
UCT Libraries has won the LPC Publishing Practice Award for the Constitutional Law for Students textbook. "Their exemplary publishing process advanced their goal of contributing to the deconstruction of legislated inequalities in the system of apartheid." - Library Publishing Coalition.
Two months ago on 18 April 2021, UCT Libraries changed significantly with the devastating loss of the Jagger Reading Room caused by the unexpected Table Mountain fires. As I reflect upon the significance of this moment and the last two months, I would like to share the following observations.
Following the devastating loss of some special collections at the Jagger Library, our vendors have generously provided temporary access to their historical databases spanning multiple subject disciplines. These databases also contain materials relating to Africa and African history. Explore the list of databases and ebooks.
PNA, South Africa’s one-stop stationery shop, has gifted R50 000 to the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Jagger Reading Room. The funds will go towards the rebuilding project to restore the much-loved library to its former glory.
On 18 April 2021 our professional lives were changed so unexpectedly and drastically by the quirkiness of both fire and water. It's been a month of shock and deep-seated pain that witnessed the sad and joyous coming together of friends and colleagues to mourn the loss and celebrate the influence this elegant and splendid library had on many individuals, scholars and librarians; the selflessness and selfishness of human nature during a time of crisis; the generosity of spirit and goodwill to ease the burden of loss; and the commitment of time, effort and expertise to find the best solutions to salvage and recover that which was under threat.