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The University of Cape Town (into which is incorporated the South African College) celebrated 175 years of its existence in 2004. The University Libraries, whose collections constitute a rich storehouse of information and research resources, celebrate their centenary in 2005 … 1905 being the year in which the S.A. College set about establishing an organised library on its premises in Orange Street, Cape Town.

The seed for the Libraries was first planted in 1829 when the founders of the South African College expressed their determination to establish a library for the use of students and begged the public to donate books and money to this end. In succeeding years the citizens of Cape Town were generous, and none more so than the brilliant practising attorney and later professor of law, Caspar Hendrik van Zyl, who made his extensive library of legal texts available to the law students he taught. Equally generous was Sir George Grey, who, on vacating the governorship of the Cape, presented the College with an outstanding collection of classical works. Books, purchased and donated, were scattered wide in the College’s teaching departments and in the student residence, College House, and were therefore not always available for those who needed to consult them. Professors and students alike clamoured for the establishment of a College library. What was needed was not only a physical home for the books, but also their systematic arrangement.

Professor W. S. Logeman of the Department of Modern Languages planted the sapling of the title of this brief history. In 1905 Professor Logeman was appointed Honorary Librarian, a post which he retained until 1920. He took steps to bring all the books accumulated in College departments together into one place … initially the old Zoology Lecture Room … where he arranged them systematically and catalogued them. Carefully nurtured by a dedicated altruist, the library began to grow and flourish, despite the rigours of the post-South African War economic depression in the Cape Colony.

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General Enquiries:

UCT Libraries  Telephone:  +27 21 650-3703
University of Cape Town  Fax:  +27 21 650-2965
Private Bag X3  e-Mail:  Libraries@uct.ac.za
Rondebosch 7701  South Africa  
   

 

Specific Contacts  Telephone
   
Accounts Office     

Finance Manager: Mignon van der Merwe

021 650 3099  
Acquisitions Department    

Manager: Caroline Dean

021 650 3701  
Bolus Herbarium Library    

Junior Librarian: Awot Gebregziabher

021 650 3774  
Built Environment Library  

 Librarian:  Dianne Steele

021 650 5953  
Circulation & Short Loans    

Enquires

021 650 3118/3134  
           Manager: Niel Mostert 021 650 3119
Commerce, CHED & Enterprise    

Manager: Glynnis Johnson

021 650 5684  
Directorate
Enquiries 021 650 3097
Acting Executive Director: Reggie Raju 021 650 3096
Acting Deputy Director (Research & Learning): Jill Claassen 021 650 5827
Deputy Director (Information Systems & Resources): Nikki Crowster 021 650 5857
Discovery Services  
Manager: Heather Hodgson 021 650 3994
Digital Library Services    
Manager: Niklas Zimmer 021 650 2957
Document Centre: Campus Copy & Print  
General Enquiries 021 650  3134  
Government Publications Department    

Enquiries

021 650 3177  

Senior Librarian: Laureen Rushby

021 650 4686  
Health Sciences Library    

Enquiries

021 406 6138  

Manager: Saskia Vonk

021 406 6359  
Hiddingh Hall Library    

Enquiries

021 650 7135  

 Branch Librarian:  Solvej Vorster

021 650 7139  
Humanities    

Manager:  Alex D’Angelo

021 650 4475
Information Desk 021 650 3703/4  
Institute of Child Health Library    

Enquiries

021 658 5353  
Interlibrary Loans    

Enquiries

021 650 3113  

Librarian:  Rosie Watson (acting)

021 650 4118  
Library Facilities    

Senior Building Supervisor: Blythe Edwins

021 650 3129  
Brand van Zyl Law Library    

Enquiries

021 650 2708/9  

Manager:  Sadiq Keraan

021 650 2671  
Library and Information Studies Centre    

Enquiries

021 650 4546  

Head of Department: A/Professor Jaya Raju

021 650 3091  
Special Collections    

Enquiries

021 650 4089
           Manager: Renate Meyer 021 650 4424  
Special Collections: Published Collections    

Manager: Mandy Noble

021 650 4089  
Reception 021 650 3870  
Research and Innovation    

Librarian: Tamzyn Suliaman

021 650-4473  
Scholarly Communication & Research   

Manager: Jill Claassen

021 650 1263
Science & Engineering    

Manager: Amina Adam

021 650-3871  
Subscriptions & e-Resources    
             Subscriptions Librarian:  Shireen Davis-Evans 021 650 3132  
Undergraduate Support     

Enquires

021 650 4313

Librarian: Nuroo Davids

021 650 5305  
WH Bell Music Library  

Enquires

021 650 2624

Librarian: Brandon Adams

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