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Jagger Reading Room

Jagger Reading Room

The J.W. Jagger Library (now the Jagger Reading Room) was named after a major benefactor of UCT Libraries in the early twentieth century. The building was constructed in the 1930s, and served originally as the main library, then as a short loans centre, and most recently, from 2000 to 2011 as the reading room of the African Studies Library.

In 2011, the university began a restoration programme to restore the main hall of Jagger Library to its original condition. The slide show below shows pictures from the two phases of the project - first, the stripping away of walkways and balconies added in the 1960s and 1970s, and second, the painting, furnishing and restoration of original features.

Click on any of the thumbnail images below to start the slideshow.