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Information for Other Libraries


 Address for submission of requests

Via OCLC WorldShare ILL: Symbol OI@

By e-mail:
By post:     Interlibrary Loans Department 
                   Chancellor Oppenheimer Library
                   University of Cape Town
                   Private Bag  X3 Rondebosch
                    7701,  SOUTH AFRICA.


Materials that may be requested

Photocopies of journal articles, conference papers, and chapters of books. Books may be requested by South African libraries who belong to the South African Interlending Scheme.

Note: UCT does not lend books or theses to international requesters. For information about obtaining digitised UCT theses, see below.


Loan period

UCT Libraries' books are loaned to other South African libraries for 3 to 8 weeks, depending on the section of the Libraries supplying the book. No renewals are granted.


Costs and method of payment

South Africa

Requests filled for local requesters are charged according to the South African Interlending Scheme rates. 


Charges for international requests are $20 via OCLC IFM (or minimum of 2 IFLA vouchers) for photocopies of journal articles or conference papers (less than 20 pages).

How to obtain UCT theses and dissertations

Check OpenUCT for a digital copy of the thesis you need.

University of Cape Town theses and dissertations do not circulate internationally, however you may obtain a digital copy of UCT master's dissertation or doctoral thesis by emailing Digital Library Services.  

This service is available to libraries, other institutions, and individuals.