This resource can be accessed both on and off campus.
Chancellor Oppenheimer Library
The Chancellor Oppenheimer Library meets the specific needs of UCT’s undergraduate and research-oriented communities.
The southern wing of the library complex – the Research Wing – is reserved for postgraduate students and academic staff, and provides a quiet, comfortable haven for study, research, and writing.
The Research Commons, on Level 6 of the Research Wing, caters for the information and workspace needs of academics as well as doctoral and masters students.
The Undergraduate Wing provides a variety of workspace options, including
power and network points for laptops
group project areas
audio-visual viewing facilities.
The popular Knowledge Commons, with its high-end computing, printing, copying, and scanning facilities, is a one-stop-shop where undergraduates can research, write up, and print out their assignments and essays.
The branch libraries are situated on the various UCT campuses, close to the academic departments they serve. They include:
the Health Sciences Library, opposite Groote Schuur Hospital
the Brand van Zyl Law Library, on Middle Campus
the WH Bell Music Library, adjacent to the South African College of Music
the Hiddingh Hall Library, near the Michaelis School of Fine Art.
Research materials can be found in all the libraries, but particularly in the Special Collections division. Located in the JW Jagger building, this building has been restored to its original historic condition.
The Special Collections division houses:
unique collections of rare books
original materials relating to African history
the papers of prominent public figures
historical maps and architectural drawings
extensive government publications from Africa and abroad
Africana collections that attract scholars from around the world.
Access to Special Collections is via the entrance to the JW Jagger Building on University Avenue.
As part of the libraries’ recent building operations, a dedicated Digitisation Unit has been created in the Oppenheimer Institute Building. This institutional digital repository allows many of the library's unique collections to be more easily available to researchers, and ensures their preservation.