An A-Z list of all library services and tools to support your academic journey.

Services or Tools Description
Accessibility Services UCT Libraries offers accessible library spaces and equipment for patrons who are visually impaired.
Ask a Librarian Search our FAQ Knowledge base or ask a question.
AtoM A finding aid for our manuscripts and archives collections. Find archival descriptions for most of the almost 1500 collections in our holdings. You will also find some digitised content.
Book a Study Room Book a study room for silent or collaborative study purposes.
Borrow or Request items Use your student card to borrow books, DVDs or CDs at the Loans Desk or use our self-checkout machine. You can also request items online.
Data Services Digital Library Services assists with Research Data Management (RDM) and offers Digital Scholarship, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and data stewardship services to the research, teaching and learning communities at UCT.
Databases A-Z A full list of UCT Libraries subscription databases, including trial access.
Digitisation Our Digitisation Unit offers digitisation, project management, curation, and preservation services for a wide variety of materials to enable and support preservation and access to digital collections.
EBSCOhost EBSCOhost provides multidisciplinary and subject-specific databases and is one of our most frequently used database platforms.
EndNote EndNote is reference management software used to keep all your references and reference-related materials in a searchable personal library.
Find a Space Choose from over 50 study spaces across UCT Libraries which caters for varying study needs from silent study, group study or work collaboratively on projects.
Gartner Gartner is a leading information technology firm that provides research and analysis services to inform and support decision making in higher education and other industry sectors.
Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Support Get support for your next GIS project regardless of software. The GIS support unit provides support for Project Planning, Troubleshooting, Analysis and Cartographic Design.
Google Scholar Google Scholar is a useful tool for general subject searches and it mines information from different databases, including the ones UCT subscribes to, making sure that you can get access to something useful.
Guide to the Manuscripts in UCT Libraries The Guide is indexed, and is keyword-searchable in its electronic form, enabling users to identify collections that may hold sources of relevance to their research.
Interlibrary loans The Interlibrary Loans Department acts as a link between the University of Cape Town Libraries and other libraries in Southern Africa and abroad. If a required book or article is not available at UCT, it may be requested on interlibrary loan.
JSTOR JSTOR provides access to a number of older journal articles.
Leganto Course Reading Lists Leganto is a simple and flexible tool to easily create, maintain, evaluate, and share course reading lists. Schedule a demo from your Liaison Librarian or the Leganto Team.
LexisNexis Online A popular subscription legal database for South African Law.
Librarians Our Subject Librarians provide expert help in the following subject disciplines: African Studies, Commerce, Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) & Enterprise, Engineering and the Built Environment, Government Publications, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law and Science.
Make an Appointment Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a Librarian. Get help with referencing, literature and systematic reviews and more.
Open Science Framework (OSF) A dashboard for managing and collaborating on your active research project data. The UCT OSF institutional service is freely available to UCT affiliates: simply sign in with your single sign on details. Visit the UCT Digital Library Services for more information and/or assistance with RDM and data sharing.
OpenUCT UCT's institutional repository for theses and dissertations.
PressReader PressReader provides online access for the last 12 months to over 700 newspapers from more than 55 countries (including South Africa), displayed in their original format and accessible by country, language, or title.
Primo PRIMO is the UCT Libraries catalogue. Simple one-stop searching for books, e-books, videos, articles, digital media and more.
Print, Copy, Scan First time printing? Setup your printing PIN code. This can either be done the first time you release a print job at the device, or by following these instructions. Learn more
Publishing Services UCT Libraries are advocates for open access publishing, providing resources for researchers to make their work freely accessible in various ways. Visit Scholarly Communications for more information.
PubMed PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 19 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to 1948. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources.
Purchase Requests We welcome suggestions for the purchase of new library materials. Teaching staff are also welcome to request a purchase for the libraries by liaising with your subject librarian.
RefWorks RefWorks is a web-based reference management service used for storing and organising references. Learn more
Repositories Publish and preserve your scholarly outputs in UCT's institutional repositories ZivaHub and OpenUCT. Available to all UCT students and staff.
Research Consultations Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a Librarian. Get help with referencing, literature and systematic reviews and more.
Research Data Management Our RDM services assist researchers with organising, managing, and curating their research data to facilitate its preservation and access for present and future use.
Scopus Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. It's designed to find the information scientists need. Quick, easy and comprehensive, Scopus provides superior support of the literature research process.
Search Tools A list of all search tools available at UCT Libraries to find the resources you need.
Subject Guides Find a guide relevant to your academic subject or a research support guide compiled by our friendly librarians.
Training & Workshops Our training series targets all aspects of the postgraduate experience, covering numerous topics that feed into the research cycle. Improve your digital scholarship skills using a diverse tools and platforms to support your next research project.
UCT DMP UCT's DMP templates contain detailed information on formulating your own research data management plan. It provides funder and departmental guidance tailored to specific Data Management Planning (DMP) requirements. Learn more
Venue bookings Book your next research seminar or workshop at Hlanganani Junction in Chancellor Oppenheimer Library. A research engagement space which seats upto 80 people.
Vula Vula is the University of Cape Town’s online collaboration and learning system. Access your course or research sites by logging into the system using your network username and password.
Web of Science The Web of Science is a large, broad-based abstracting database with direct links to journal articles.
ZivaHub ZivaHub is the institutional data repository of the University of Cape Town. Use ZivaHub to make your research data citable, shareable, discoverable and reusable.