UWC Library Guide For Students And Other Users

UWC Library also known as the Ukwazi library is the academic library for the University of Western Cape.

The library is the main source of information for both students and lecturers. It serves the entire university with a wide range of physical and digital collections.

It is very important for library users to know their way around the library. This will also help you to easily find what you are looking for.

The UWC Library usually opens from 8:20 AM to 10:00 PM from Monday to Thursday, closing at 8:00 PM on Fridays. On Saturdays, the library opens from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. But the library remains completely closed on Sundays.

Membership And Loan Services

This is an academic library so membership is strictly for staff and students of the University of Western Cape.

While membership is free for all users, there are restrictions depending on your membership status.

For instance, there is a number of items each type of library user can borrow. Check the loan service layout below and you will understand what I am talking about.

StatusNumber of ItemsPeriod
Undergraduates42 Weeks
Postgraduates104 Weeks
Staff306 weeks

As you can see above there are different loan terms for each type of library user.

UWC Library Facilities

Since the library is the main source of information, there are facilities that must help with resourcing information. The Ukwazi library has lots of facilities to help its users get access to information easily.

Below are some of the library facilities you can make use of.

  • There is a study room that has a serene environment for users to study.
  • There are also computers available at the knowledge commons that users can book for their researches.
  • Differently Abled Support Unit (DASU) is also available to also support persons with disabilities.
  • There are online resources and databases for users to access remotely.

There are many facilities that you must use the library to also know.

Online Resources

There is also online library access where a user can source information. The online resource contains UWC ebooks and links to other Scholarly Journal databases.

The online resources are accessible through the Ukwazi library’s website. The access is strictly by using your iKamva Logins.

No matter the location, you can access the library materials over the internet.

If you have any problem or wish to talk to a Librarian, call 021 959 2209 or you can also send an email to [email protected]

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