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 is the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library which forms a U-shape around Sarah Baartman Hall on the Upper Campus. If you are an undergraduate Science, Engineering, Commerce, or Humanities student, most of your learning material will be found in the main library.
History of Chancellor Oppenheimer Library
In the 1990s, funds were raised to redesign the existing Linear Library on central Upper Campus.
The Linear Library metamorphosed into a horseshoe-shaped structure embracing Jameson Hall, the omphalos of the Upper Campus, and linking the Jagger Building to its mirror-image on the north side of the Hall, the Otto Beit/Students' Union Building, where the new entrance to the University Library is now situated.
The new central complex of the University Libraries was re-named the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library, honouring its most generous benefactor, at an opening ceremony in October 2001.