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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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The WH Bell Music Library at the University of Cape Town is named after William Henry Bell, English composer, conductor & lecturer who came to South Africa in 1912 to steer the South African College of Music. The Music Library was opened on 1st August 1943, "...the first completely self-contained, functionally-designed music library in Africa". Read more

Students seated at desks inside the Music Library Reading Room, early 1970s