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Thu, 19 Mar 2020 - 10:15

The Jagger Reading Room will close physically from Wednesday, 18 March 2020 to restrict transmission of COVID-19 through social distancing and limiting physical contact with materials.

Cover of Howard Phillips' book
Shining a light on archival sources at UCT Special Collections
Fri, 14 Aug 2020 - 06:15

The 14th of August marks the anniversary of the 1968 UCT sit-in over the Mafeje Affair. To mark this occasion, archivist Clive Kirkwood  has written a blog post showcasing the wide range of primary sources used in Emeritus Professor Howard Phillips’ second volume of a history of the University of Cape Town. UCT under Apartheid Part I: From Onset to Sit-in covers the years 1948-1968 and draws on primary sources held in UCT Libraries’ Special Collections.

Africa Day 2020: Showcasing our ongoing work on African collections
Mon, 25 May 2020 - 15:45

UCT Libraries is working with African Tongue to develop a new showcase of the ǂKhomani San community. This will involve re-development of a showcase website in close collaboration with community members, African Tongue, Special Collections and Digital Library Services.

On 16 May, Dr Sanjin Muftic (DLS) and Dr Kerry Jones (African Tongue) co-presented at the  First Workshop on Resources for African Indigenous Languages  organised by the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR). This conference was originally meant to be held at the LREC 2020 conference in Marseille, France.

Learn more about the work being done to share the story of the ǂKhomani San community.

New edition: Guide to the Manuscripts in the UCT Libraries
Fri, 20 Mar 2020 - 12:30

An updated edition of the Guide to the Manuscripts in the UCT Libraries has been published and is accessible on the Special Collections website. The Guide provides a synoptic collection-level overview of the manuscript and archival holdings of UCT Libraries’ Special Collections.

Help save the digital world! Be part of UCT's solution
Fri, 01 Nov 2019 - 15:15

Its World Digital Preservation Day on the 7 November 2019 and UCT Libraries would like to invite you to join us for a lunchtime seminar on what Digital Preservation means. This year’s theme ‘At Risk Materials’ raises the question of what happens to those digital objects that we create every day and how can we keep them safe? Register Today!

Traces of the Ottoman Empire in UCT Libraries Special Collections
Fri, 25 Oct 2019 - 08:15

UCT Libraries Special Collections has launched a new exhibition of manuscripts and books in our holdings exploring traces of the Ottoman Empire in the Cape of Good Hope. The exhibition was launched at a special luncheon in the Jagger Library which aimed to commemorate and celebrate this rich untold history and its influence on the Muslim community of Cape Town.

New digitisation scanner, a first in Africa
Wed, 18 Sep 2019 - 15:00

The transition from conservation to preservation compounds the degrading of digitised materials. The introduction of the Zeutschel ScanStudio aims to revolutionise the Libraries digital preservation efforts while making UCT Special Collections holdings accessible for academic research.

In memory of Paul Grendon
Thu, 12 Sep 2019 - 08:30

Paul Grendon passed away on Saturday 7 September 2019. He was a prolific and profoundly talented photographer based in Cape Town and is remembered by his partner Tina Smith, his family, his friends and his community.

Remembering Nene
Tue, 03 Sep 2019 - 11:30

UCT Libraries staff gathered together to remember UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana and all those affected daily by gender-based violence in our society.

UCT Libraries Promotes a Culture of Literacy and Reading Through Its Special Collections
Mon, 02 Sep 2019 - 13:15

South African National Book Week is celebrated annually during the first week of September. It is an initiative of the South African Book Development Council (SABDC) in collaboration with the Department of Arts and Culture. In honour of this occasion, UCT Libraries will showcase a multilingual display of both its African Studies Collection and the Rare Books Children’s Collection in the Main Library foyer.

Thu, 29 Aug 2019 - 13:15

Please note that Special Collections will be closing at 15:30 on Friday, 30 August, and re-opening at 9:00 on Saturday, 31 August, due to planned electrical maintenance.

We apologise for any inconvenience

India Corner, a place to learn about India
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 - 14:15

India Independence Day is celebrated annually on the 15 August which marks India's independence from the United Kingdom in 1947. In the spirit of this day, UCT Libraries would like to share our own India Corner, generously donated by the Indian Consulate in Cape Town.