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Institute of Child Health Building
Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital
Klipfontein Rd, Rondebosch
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+27 21 650 1512
+27 21 406-6138


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Monday, Wednesday, Friday

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ICH Library operates as a 24/7 study space for students and staff at the Institute of Child Health, Red Cross Children's Hospital.


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  • Library Vacation Hours (18 Nov - 22 Dec 2023)


    Dear students and staff

    Please note that Library vacation hours will begin on Saturday 18 November until Thursday 21 December 2023. UCT Libraries will close at 12h30 on 22 December 2023 and re-open at 08h30 on Tuesday 2 January 2024. Please visit our library hours for more information.

    Library Vacation Hours

    Chancellor Oppenheimer Library (Main Library)

    Monday - Friday: 08:30-17:00
    Saturday: 09:00-12:30
    Sunday: Closed

    Branch Libraries*

    Monday - Friday: 08:30-17:00
    Weekends: Closed

    *Please note that term hours apply to Bolus Herbarium Library and ICH Library.

    24/7 Study Spaces

    Hlanganani, Impilo Junction and Law 24/7 study spaces will be in operation when the libraries are closed. ICH Library has 24/7 access as a study space for staff and registered students at ICH.

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  • Vacation Closure: ICH Book Collection 15 Dec 2023 - 12 Jan 2024


    The ICH Book collection will not be available for perusal from Friday 15 December 2023 - Friday 12 January 2024. Please plan if you wish to borrow any books.

    Virtual Service

    The virtual service is available Monday-Friday from 8:30-17:00 via email at except during the holiday closure from 12:30 on 24 December 2023 to 1 January 2024.


Our History

The Institute of Child Health Library was established in 1974 as a satellite of then Medical Library, now called the ‘Bongani Mayosi Health Sciences Library’. The purpose was to cater specifically to the needs of the academic staff and students at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, regarded as South Africa’s leading centre for post-graduate specialist paediatric medical and surgical training. Learn more