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Limited reopening of UCT Libraries from Monday 8 March 2021
5 Mar 2021 - 17:15
Dear students and staff
The announcement on Sunday, February 28 by President Cyril Ramaphosa of the national move from Lockdown Level 3 to Level 1 has the following implications for UCT Libraries and its services. I wish to reassure you that every effort is made to adapt our thinking and efforts towards the way we access the Libraries as a study and workplace so that no person, service or place is compromised.
Materials may be collected from the designated sites at agreed times (COLC, BMHSL, Law, Music, Hiddingh, BEL, ICH, Burnage)
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, which were previously not accessed such as those located in off-site storage sites
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 CPS 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
The Libraries will continue to be staffed by small core teams according to a roster as determined for the services currently on offer
Working hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 09:00-15:00
Scan and email service to continue with reasonable access to materials from the African Studies collections and Primary collections for use in the COLC by prior arrangement via email (24-48 hours notice for materials held in the Jagger building but a longer lead time for materials held in off-site storage).
Staffing – a core group of Special Collections staff will locate and prepare requested materials for use on site and ensure the application of quarantine protocols for materials after use.
Short loan service is suspended at this stage, due to frequency of use, handling and quarantine considerations.
General browsing of the physical collections will not be permitted. Users are encouraged to virtually browse the catalogue online and/or work in consultation with a librarian.
UCT Daily Health Screening App
In addition to the above, may I remind you of the UCT Daily Health Screening App which runs in a browser on any smart mobile phone, laptop or desktop computer. The Higher Health app will cease to be accepted from 1 April 2021.