Load shedding on Campus: UCT campuses will be affected this week, including Hiddingh campus and the Faculty of Health Sciences. Please check the City of Cape Town’s load shedding schedules. The Chancellor Oppenheimer Library, Brand Van Zyl Library and Hiddingh Hall Library are covered by generator backup.
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.
Explore our collection of Western Classical, Jazz and World Music.
The WH Bell Music Library at the University of Cape Town is named after William Henry Bell, English composer, conductor & lecturer who came to South Africa in 1912 to steer the South African College of Music. The Music Library was opened on 1st August 1943, "...the first completely self-contained, functionally-designed music library in Africa". It occupied the former dining room of an old Victorian mansion called Strubenholm, the home of the South African College of Music in Rosebank.