The main library foyer was a hive of activity as parents were greeted by enthusiastic "Ask Me" tour guides.
Library tours began on Saturday morning next to the Vincent Kolbe Knowledge Commons, an essential digital information space for undergraduate students. The space has study rooms and IT facilities for researching, writing and printing assignments. Fellow students called "Library Buddies" are also ready to assist - one parent noting this space as a key area for their daughter to find help.
Parents were taken up the foyer steps and along a stretch of passage where the breadth of the library expanded with easy access to the Loans Desk, Short Loans and Info Desk. Up another flight of stairs, they were greeted by a research wing and a terrace of rolling bookshelves with study areas and couches lined along windows, overlooking panoramic views below.
Parents asked Libraries answered
Parents get a tour of The Vincent Kolbe Knowledge Commons
Questions raised during the tours provided an interesting perspective about parents expectations of the library.
The Jagger Library Reading Room is open to external researchers on Saturdays from 09h00 - 13h00. Chancellor Oppenheimer Library is accessible to the public at R60 per day.
Does the library provide a breakaway area to relax?
Students can head upstairs to the Park and Read space. Relax on comfy couches while overlooking the Jammie steps below and the cityscapes beyond, or explore the leisure reading material to take your mind off studying for a while.
Do you have to be in the library to access resources?
No, access UCT Libraries online 24/7. Students can visit the UCT Libraries website and log in via the Off-campus login to access our database resources. Search Primo, the libraries discovery tool to find a wealth of academic and scholarly content, request a book and even renew one online.
Where can students get help?
The Knowledge Commons provides a one-stop shop for undergraduates. They can also pop in at the Info Desk. Not at the library? Ask a Librarian online.