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’s main library, the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library, and its seven branch libraries offer a diverse array of study and research materials, as well as professional and expert assistance in finding information and carrying out research.
The Chancellor Oppenheimer Library offers a variety of study spaces, training and research facilities, and subject librarians specialising in the Commerce, Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) and Enterprise, Science, Humanities and Government Publications subject areas.
The Bolus Herbarium Library is located in the H. W. Pearson Building on Upper Campus. The library contains a great wealth of early botanical works, including the writings of early 17th century travellers who visited southern Africa and explored its flora.
Brand van Zyl Law Library has one of the best legal collections in Africa, with holdings of more than 85 000 volumes, including a rare antiquarian collection. This library serves the Faculty of Law on Middle Campus and includes a 24/7 study space.
Health Sciences Library, founded in 1912, was the first university medical library in South Africa. Thanks to renovation work in 2017/18, it’s now home to the Impilo Junction, a 24/7 study space for students.
Special Collections, located at Jagger Library, consists of printed and audio-visual materials on African studies and a wide array of other specialised subjects, as well as over 1,300 sub-collections of unique manuscripts and personal papers. The collection of books and pamphlets exceeds 85,000 items on African studies alone.
WH Bell Music Library is the first completely self-contained,functionally-designed music library in Africa and serves the South African College of Music and the Centre for Theatre,Dance & Performance Studies.