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UCT Libraries response to the adjusted Level 3 COVID-19 regulations
30 Jul 2021 - 10:15
Dear students and staff
In response to the move to Lockdown Level 3, as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday, 25 July 2021, we chose to maintain the status quo for this week as the University is still in recess.
With the commencement of the 3rd quarter of the academic calendar on Monday 02 August, the following will apply:
Maximum capacity in an indoor space - 50
Curfew - 22h00 to 04h00
The network of UCT Libraries across campuses and faculties will be re-open as self-study spaces from Monday - Friday. Adjusted numbers of 50 max of self-study spaces and closing times 20h00 so that users and staff may return to their places of residence before the commencement of the daily curfew.
Note about Main Library (Chancellor Oppenheimer Library)
Students are requested to use the Hlanganani Study Area and to access it via the Hlanganani entrance, and not the Main Library entrance.
The 100 study spaces on Level 5 are temporarily unavailable as this area is now a designated construction site.
Phase 2 of the HVAC upgrade project in the Main Library has commenced and applies to the air-conditioning system in the Immelman Building, which includes L5 (Circulation Hub) and The Terrace.
Materials may be collected from the designated sites at agreed times (COLC, BMHSL, Law, Music, Hiddingh, ICH, Burnage) – collection will be done by appointment
Extended loan periods with automatic renewals will continue to apply
Request, scan and email will continue as part of the virtual services with greater access to physical materials and collections. This will also apply to ILL however there will be no posting of books
Returning library materials: All library materials may be returned at the central drop-off point at Burnage and/or book drop boxes located at all library sites. No borrowed material may be returned as an in-person transaction to the Libraries.
Quarantining of returned materials: All returned materials are collected from the book drop boxes and transferred to a central fumigation room where they undergo a decontamination process and held for 72 hours before being processed for return to the shelves
Staffing: The Libraries will continue to be staffed from 09:00 until 15:00 by small core teams rostered for the limited services currently on offer.
Registration for the vaccine – we recognise that the vaccine, as a deterrent, minimises the effects of COVID-19. Should you be doubtful or fearful of the side effects of the vaccine, please speak to a health professional so that you make an informed decision. All persons aged 35+ are now eligible to be vaccinated. Do the right thing!
Our joint responsibility to continue being aware of our movements (within and beyond campus), social/ personal engagements and use of spaces so that the spread of COVID-19 is minimised.
Wear a mask at all times
Maintain a physical distance of at least 1.5m from others
Wash and/or sanitise your hands regularly
Keep your distance from others, should you be displaying flu-like symptoms
Maintain a sanitised personal workplace as the CCS will only be responsible for common areas.
UCT Libraries will continue responding appropriately and responsibly to the prevailing conditions and circumstances to ensure the well-being of both our staff and users.