Special Collections’ holdings of periodicals and serials are rich and diverse. These include significant runs of current academic journals related to such areas of research as African studies in both print and digital formats. Special Collections staff make serious efforts to obtain important periodicals published in southern Africa and indeed in other parts of our continent.

It also has collections of popular magazines such as Drum that have historic significance, as well as older academic and community periodicals, many of which are no longer published.

Of particular interest, are the runs of Cape Town street directories going back to the 19th century.

Where to find

Primo Catalogue  

  • Browse by shelf number: BAJ to access older and historically significant periodical titles.
  • Current print periodical titles are identifiable by the suffix .05 in the shelf number.

Historic serial publications in health sciences and law are available from the branch libraries of those faculties.

Databases A-Z  

  • Many current print periodical titles are also available in our subscription databases.
  • Find articles on specific subjects or by particular authors in digital format.

Specialist Librarians

Some individual issues of journal titles and offprints of specific articles may sometimes be available as BAP pamphlets, or be included in particular manuscript sub-collections. Please consult one of our specialist librarians for help in identifying such items.