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Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 09:15

Hlanaganani Level 6 will open at 10h00 on Wednesday 20 Jan to accommodate a general staff meeting. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 10:30

Don't know the answer, ask a buddy! The “Roaming Library Buddy” campaign will see Library Buddies, iPad in hand, wearing their ‘ASK ME’ bibs roving the Library foyer, The Hub, bookshelves and the Undergraduate section of the library. Keep an eye ouf for the library buddies from 13 March - 31 March 2017.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 11:30

It's that time of year again... Orientation 2017 is upon us, and students will be touring through the library in the next few weeks. There will be an increase in noise levels in the hub area of the library during this time. Please use other study areas in the library if you want a quiet space to work. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 11:30

On Monday 9 January 2017, we started a major renovation on Jagger level 4. This is a 12 week project and during this time there will be increased noise levels in the library. Please make use of the Hlanganani area of the library as it is the farthest from the work being carried out. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Open Monographs
Monday, June 13, 2016 - 14:30

UCT Libraries has now published the second issue of UR@UCT, the undergraduate research journal, as well as two new monographs.

UCT's Open Access Policy has been revised
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 10:30

UCT’s Open Access Policy has been revised, with amendments approved by the Board for Graduate Studies and the University Research Committee. The amendments occur in Section 5.3: Students Theses and Dissertations.

All research findings should be in the public domain; that is, all of UCT’s theses and dissertations should be available in the OpenUCT repository. There are, however, exceptions to this default position. Dissertations or research reports that earn less than sixty credits, or research reports submitted for professional master’s degrees, are not uploaded to OpenUCT.  There is also the option to delay public access to theses and dissertations in OpenUCT. However, in these cases, the metadata and abstracts of the theses and dissertations  will be available through open access immediately after the conferment of the degree.


Monday, March 14, 2016 - 09:15

UCT Libraries Special Collections has launched a valuable digital archive on the ‡Khomani San of the southern Kalahari, which is made up of much of the material gathered for their successful land claim in 1999. It includes irreplaceable audio material of the N|uu language, once thought lost.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 09:15

Hlanganani level 6 will open at 9:30 on Friday 11 March 2016.Please make use of other areas of the library. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Monday, February 15, 2016 - 13:00

We would like to remind our users to carry your UCT ID card with you at all times. All library patrons are required to carry their UCT ID cards as the Libraries' regulations might require you to present it. Please help us to ensure our Libraries are used in a responsible manner. 

UCT libraries
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 08:45

UCT Libraries has been invited to join the Network of Data and Information Curation Communities (NeDICC). 

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Monday, December 21, 2015 - 09:30

From January 2016, UCT Libraries has decided to go cashless, and the reasons are three-fold:

to reduce the costs of handling cash across all the libraries (money will be saved on cash collection fees, bank charges and staff resources); to reduce the infrastructure requirements for cash handling and storage and; to reduce the potential physical risk to staff and students.

The move to a cashless environment will make our financial operations more efficient and cost effective.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 17:15

From 27 November 2015 - 12 February 2016 we will be carrying out major renovation work in the area next to the Research Commons and postgraduate areas of the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library.

During this time noise and disruption will make studying in these areas difficult so we would encourage you to find an alternative space in the library.