Black Sash march in Pretoria
60 Years of Black Sash
Humanitec Digital Showcase
Humanitec Digital Showcase
Disphyma crassifolium (L.) L.Bolus Page, Mary Maud.
Illustrations of Plant Species
Between 1911 and 1955 Mary Page and Beatrice Carter produced some 2,000 plus botanical illustrations. These works are highly regarded within the world of botanical illustrators and can be viewed in our digital collections.
Exhibition: 100 years of the 1913 Land Act
The Land Act that was passed a century ago in 1913 was a major event in South African history, impacting on the lives of millions of South Africans and underpinning the development of the apartheid system. The photographic exhibition Umhlaba,...
Ernest Cole Photographic Award: Legacy Of The Mine
The Ernest Cole Award is a major annual South African photographic award managed by the University of Cape Town Libraries. The winner in 2012 was Ilan Godfrey, whose new book, Legacy of the Mine, was launched at the Irma Stern Museum on 17 August...


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

UCT Libraries Special Collections has launched a valuable digital archive on the ‡Khomani San of the southern Kalahari, which is made up of much of the material gathered for their successful land claim in 1999. It includes irreplaceable audio material of the N|uu language, once thought lost.

Publication Date:
Monday, March 14, 2016 - 09:15
Neville Alexander's handwriting

After more than 50 years, four German letters penned by Neville Alexander in the early 1960s find their way “home”. 

The Neville Alexander collection at UCT, which I was privileged to arrange and describe, is a substantial one, comprising more than two cubic meters of documentation. Yet in this voluminous archive there are only two letters that date from the early 1960s, and they do not reveal anything of Neville Alexander the man as he was then. The value of these four letters is therefore incalculable. 

Publication Date:
Monday, February 29, 2016 - 14:45

We would like to remind our users to carry your UCT ID card with you at all times. All library patrons are required to carry their UCT ID cards as the Libraries' regulations might require you to present it. Please help us to ensure our Libraries are used in a responsible manner. 

Publication Date:
Monday, February 15, 2016 - 13:00
Debit card

From January 2016, UCT Libraries has decided to go cashless, and the reasons are three-fold:

to reduce the costs of handling cash across all the libraries (money will be saved on cash collection fees, bank charges and staff resources); to reduce the infrastructure requirements for cash handling and storage and; to reduce the potential physical risk to staff and students.

The move to a cashless environment will make our financial operations more efficient and cost effective.

Publication Date:
Monday, December 21, 2015 - 09:30