Welcome to UCT Libraries

This year we will be offering virtual support through our UCT Libraries website, where we have various channels of communication. So, please feel free to reach out with whatever makes you feel more comfortable. Whether you are working on your assignment, essay, tutorial or project, not knowing how to find resources or simply do not understand how referencing works, we are here to help you no matter what.

Reach out and get to know your librarians or just Ask a Librarian online. You will be amazed at how much support we can give you. Wishing you all the best for your academic year and don’t forget UCT Libraries is always there to assist.


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Explore 9 ways the Libraries can help you get started on your academic journey

We understand that making the transition from school to university is daunting and, at times, scary. Once your formal lectures commence, you will realise there are many new learning experiences and all the information provided may be overwhelming. Explore 9 ways we can help you get started on your academic journey:

1. What is UCT Libraries?

UCT Libraries is a network of 7 libraries across all UCT campuses, which offers state-of-the-art technology, vast collections of reading and research material, and the specialised services of friendly, efficient and helpful staff.

Download the UCT Libraries Factsheet

2. What can UCT Libraries do for me?

From day one, UCT Libraries is your information and learning partner. Between and after lectures, we offer you:

  • a safe and comfortable physical study space, friendly library staff to assist and guide you with your studies both online and in person
  • a Virtual Library Service which you can access from home and/or from anywhere you may choose.

If you would like to chat with your librarian, make a virtual appointment or contact them directly for assistance.

3. When do I need the libraries?

From the time you receive your reading lists and first assignment topic, explore our website and start your learning journey.

4. How do I search for information on the Libraries website?

Use our simple search tool Primo located on our Libraries website to search a whole new world of books, ebooks, videos, articles, digital media and more. Learn how to use Primo or find more ways to explore our library resources.

Did you know the Libraries website is Zero-rated?

Access the Libraries website for free from Cell C, Telkom, Vodacom and MTN mobile networks. Visit the full list of UCT websites that are zero-rated. Get internet access from any of these Eduroam-affiliated locations off-campus. Learn more about Eduroam

5. How do I borrow and return books?

Browse the shelves

Browse books on the shelves and borrow books using self-service machines at some libraries.

Request books via Primo

Request books via Primo and select one of the pick-up locations to collect books.

  1. Simply sign in to Primo and request the book(s) that interest you.
  2. Select a Pickup Location for your request.
  3. Wait for the email confirmation to collect.

Hold requests and recalls

You can place a hold request via Primo for an item that is currently on loan to someone else.

    6. Do you only have serious materials in the Library?

    No, we also have fun materials including popular fiction in all genres, graphic novels, and board games such as chess, jigsaw puzzles, etc. Do let us know what you would like to read so that we may grow our collection.

    7. Do you have eBooks?

    Find eBooks or online textbooks in every subject via our eBook platforms or on PrimoLearn how to access eBooks.

    8. What are the opening hours of the Library?

    Visit our Library Hours for essential information about library hours. Our Virtual Library Service operates from 08h30 - 17h00, Mondays to Fridays.

    9. How can I get help?