This is in response to the move to Lockdown Level 4 announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday, 27 June 2021. More information will follow shortly. Please read the latest VC Desk on the impact of the adjusted Level 4 COVID-19 regulations on the academic calendar.
Scan and email services
Our request, scan and email service continues as part of the virtual service with greater access to physical materials and collections, which were previously not accessed such as those located in off-site storage sites.
Please inform librarians via email or Ask-a-Librarian of research resource needs 24 hours in advance so that print materials may be scanned (within copyright legislation) and distributed (via email) to the researcher within 48 hours.
The scan and email service will be delivered by a small team working from all of the libraries except the Bolus Library. In the event there is a need for materials from the Bolus Library, staff have been rostered to deliver the service.
This will also apply to ILL however there will be no posting of books.
Scan and email requests from Special Collections
Scan and email requests for publications can be made via the following departments directly or Ask-a-Librarian:
Borrowing of library materials will continue to be facilitated by the online request-pick up-go method for patrons who are eligible to access the university. Request books via Primoand select one of the pick-up locations below.
Materials may be collected from the following designated sites at agreed times:
Chancellor Oppenheimer Library Complex
Bongani Mayosi Health Sciences Library
Brand van Zyl Law Library
WH Bell Music Library
Hiddingh Hall Library
Built Environment Library
Institute of Child Health Library
Extended loan periods with automatic renewals will continue to apply
All library materials may be returned at the central drop-off point at CPS Burnage House or book drop boxes located at all library sites. No borrowed material may be returned as an in-person transaction to the Libraries.
Health Sciences Campus
In addition, provision has been made to accommodate the return of health sciences students to the Health Sciences Campus. This includes:
Access to the Impilo Junction (student study space). This facility will be managed by CPS on the proviso that such a responsibility is accepted by CPS. The space will be opened from 08h00 to 22h00, Monday to Sunday.
Book requests via Primo from the Bongani Mayosi Health Sciences Library will be collected at the Health Sciences campus.
Book collection will be on a Wednesday and a Friday between 12h00 and 13h30.
Our Virtual Library Service continues
Since 27 March, UCTL successfully migrated to a comprehensive virtual service, which will continue as the primary service until such time we resume a full return to campus.
Yes, request and collect books from our onsite or offsite collection points. You may also borrow eBooks. General borrowing rules will apply eg. some eTextbooks may only be borrowed for a day.
All library materials may be returned at the central drop-off point at CPS Burnage or book drop boxes located at all library sites. No borrowed material may be returned as an in-person transaction to the Libraries. Library material currently out on loan will be renewed until further notice.
All fines on overdue materials will be waived. However, if you wish to return your books, a central UCT Libraries book drop has been installed at CPS Burnage as well as book drop boxes located at all library sites.
UCT Libraries extensive online resources are available from our website. These resources include:
NB: you must be logged in with your UCT ID and password to access the many resources available to you.
As your information and learning partner, UCT Libraries is offering a Virtual Library Service which enables library staff to support you and your studies/research online.
It is important for you to explore the various guides that have been developed to simplify your online learning. UCT Libraries has a Student Orientation Guide for Remote Learning, which shows you how to search for, find, collect, analyse, interpret and evaluate information relevant to the subject you are studying, as well as becoming familiar with the key research elements and processes for ethical academic writing.
What is COVID-19?
On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan City, China. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was confirmed as the causative agent of what we now know as Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Since then, the virus has spread to more than 100 countries, including South Africa.