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This guide is intended to aid your understanding and ability to conduct legal research. This will allow you to quickly and effectively answer legal problems, incorporating the newest sources.
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About the Library
The Brand van Zyl Law Library serves the Faculty of Law and has one of the best legal collections in Africa.
History of Brand van Zyl Law Library
The Brand van Zyl Law Library is named after the Right Honourable Major Gideon Brand van Zyl (1873-1956), Governor General of the Union of South Africa from 1946 to 1950, who donated his family’s library to the University of Cape Town in 1949. The Law Library became a separate branch library of the UCT Libraries system in 1962.
At that time, the Library was situated on the University’s Orange Street campus in central Cape Town. The Library moved to the University’s upper campus on the slopes of Devil’s Peak in the 1970s, before moving down the hill to its current location on the middle campus in July 2000. At present, we are on the two lowest floors of the Wilfred and Jules Kramer Law School Building. Learn more