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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.

EARLY CLOSING
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.

Celebrating Mandela in the Archives
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 - 08:15

UCT Libraries has an incredibly diverse and multi-lingual collection on Nelson Mandela in its holdings. This includes a range of both South African and international publications, films and manuscripts. This year, Mandela Day falls on the same week as National Archives Awareness Week, so we have used the opportunity to highlight some of these papers.

Hamba kahle, Johnny Clegg
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 - 12:00

After a long sickness, South African music icon Johnny Clegg passed away on 16 July 2019. Clegg is remembered by his family, community and country as a gamechanger in the South African music world, having performed with two popular multi-racial bands, Juluka and Savuka, during apartheid.

GovPubs Reading Room Closed
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 - 10:00

In preparation for refurbishment, the Government Publications Reading Room will be closed from Tuesday 18 June until further notice.

Government Publications services will be available in the Special Collections Reading Room in the J. W. Jagger Library, entrance on University Avenue. Access for disabled persons will be through the libraries’ staff entrance, No. 15 Library Road.

For further information, please contact Laureen Rushby (021-650-4686) or Mandy Noble (021-650-3110).

We apologise for the inconvenience.

UCT Libraries remembers the Soweto Uprising
Fri, 14 Jun 2019 - 09:00

In memory of those who fought for equal access to education in the struggle against the Apartheid regime, UCT Libraries remembers the Soweto Uprising through displays on these events on 16 June 1976 in the Research Wing and the Main Library.  

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