Current News


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.  

International Archives Week
Tue, 04 Jun 2019 - 16:30

This week, UCT Libraries Special Collections is teaming up with the UCT Administrative Archive to mark this occasion and celebrate our archival heritage. Watch out for our displays in the Libraries and around campus.

Key map of the Union of South Africa, 1916.
Ending Africa Month
Fri, 31 May 2019 - 14:45

We're ending Africa Month's series of blog posts with one about the African Studies Collection, by Busi Khangala, one of the Librarians in Special Collections. The African Studies Collection is an internationally-renowned collection of research resources pertaining to Africa, particularly, but not limited to, Africa, South of the Sahara. It includes Africana, with extensive collections of monographs, periodicals, ephemera, pamphlets, videos, sound recordings, maps, conference papers, and newspapers.

Artefacts found at the site of the former Bushmen settlement near Twee Rivieren
Celebrating Africa Day
Fri, 24 May 2019 - 16:45

This year marks 20 years since the ǂKhomani San Land Claim Agreement was signed at Molopo. Hugh Brody, a British anthropologist, writer and director, worked during the 1990s to document the project. Read his blog post. The ǂKhomani San – Hugh Brody Archive Collection, is available for study in Special Collections. Brody also produced a series of short films based on the footage collected in Tracks Across Sand. A copy for viewing is available in our African Studies Film Collection.

Reading Room Closed SATURDAY 25 MAY 2019
Thu, 23 May 2019 - 15:45

The Reading Room will be closed on Saturday 25 May 2019 due to Municipal Maintenance. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Early Hebraica and Judaica at the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research at the University of Cape Town
Wed, 22 May 2019 - 16:15

With the recent renovation and upgrade of the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research at UCT, former Jewish Studies Librarian and Alumnus Veronica Belling reflects on the rare book collection of Hebraica and Judaica now housed and displayed in the Kaplan Centre. The books will be on display until June 2019. Read the blog post.

Unique exhibitions to mark Africa Month
Wed, 15 May 2019 - 11:30

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is hosting two separate and uniquely African exhibitions in the UCT Libraries and at the Irma Stern Museum as part of the institution’s Africa Month celebrations.

World Press Freedom Day
Fri, 03 May 2019 - 09:45

This exhibit coincides with World Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2019. World Press Freedom Day is intended to highlight issues of censorship, restraint, and oppression, as well as paying tribute to those journalists that have lost their lives simply for doing their jobs. While the exhibit includes displays of material more broadly related to press freedom in South Africa, this blog post focuses on the Unbanned series.