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Our History

In the 1990s, funds were raised to redesign the existing Linear Library on the central Upper Campus.

In 2001, a newly built state-of-the-art library complex became the centrepiece of Upper Campus. The Linear Library transformed into a horseshoe-shaped structure embracing Sarah Baartman Hall, the centre of Upper Campus. The Jagger Building linked to its mirror-image on the north side of the Hall, the Otto Beit/Students Union Building, where the new entrance to the Main Library is now situated.

This new Library complex was renamed the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library in honour of its benefactor. Explore more