UCT Libraries remains closed and continues as a comprehensive Virtual Library Service due to the continued lockdown status of UCT and completion of the 2020 academic year using remote teaching. With a few exceptions identified in support of the UCT Return to Research Plan, the physical reopening of UCT Libraries will now coincide on the academic calendar with the resumption of contact teaching and learning.
UCT values its graduates as active contributors to research and development and the growth of the country. UCT Libraries take pleasure in providing continued support to graduates of the University of Cape Town.
Become an Alumnus Member of UCT Libraries
Borrow print material or use physical Library spaces by becoming an alumnus member of UCT libraries.
R1000.00 for a year
R500.00 for 6 months
6 books may be borrowed at a time with a 7 day loan period - not renewable.
Please note that access extends to the print collection only.
You will be informed of the outcome of the application within 7 days, after which you can make an EFT payment for your subscription fees.
The library staff will provide you with a library subscriber number. Take this number to the Access Control Administration Office on the Ground Floor, Marine Geoscience Building (off Madiba Circle).The Office is open 08h00 -16h00, Monday to Friday.
Here, you will be issued with your Library Subscriber Card.
This is a multipurpose card which you can use to access the Libraries, take out books, and make photocopies.
You will be required to present your card at Library Reception and sign the guest register whenever you enter the Library.
Your card is not transferable and you are responsible for books issued on it.
Lost Subscriber Card: If you lose your card, please report the loss to the library immediately: telephone: (021) 650 3118/3120/3134. You can replace your card for a fee of R120.00, to be paid at the Cashier's office in the Kramer Law Building (Middle Campus). Take your receipt to the Access Control Administration Office to get your new card.
Bring your Subscriber's Card to the Loans Desk and we will register you on the library system.
Resources available to Alumni
As a UCT graduate, you now access some of our database resources. A large number of scholarly literature is now available for free, thanks to the ever growing Open Access movement, as well as various institutional digitisation projects.