Some of our libraries reopened as a self-study spaces from Wednesday 28 April 2021. More branch libraries reopen as self-study spaces from Monday 10 May 2021. These operating hours will apply across the network of UCT Libraries.
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.
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 Primo and select one of the pick-up locations below.
Offsite collection (CPS Burnage House)
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:
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.
Our network of UCT Libraries across campuses and faculties reopens as self-study spaces from 8 March 2021. To enter the library, please produce your student card and the result of your UCT Daily Health Screening App. Strict access controls and protocols have been put into place for access to limited self-study spaces available in designated area.
You have virtual access to the Libraries resources via the Libraries website. Our request, scan and email services are also available. Learn more about our library services during Remote Learning.
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.