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First-Year Experience (FYE)
Our Purpose

UWC Library First-Year Experience (FYE) aims to help you with your transition to university. This page contains information about your Orientation Programme for 2019.  You will find useful videos and online guides to assist you in using the library’s facilities and services

Library Orientation

The Orientation takes one hour.  You’ll meet in the Library Auditorium (opposite EMS building).  The schedule of these sessions is arranged by the Library with Faculty Peer Facilitators.

What happens during Orienation?

  • Outline of the primary functions of the Library. 
  • View the short library video that introduces you to the main services.  
  • Meet Dewey the Library mascot 
    Win spot prizes and go on a tour of the Library.


Tweet us on @UWCLibrary to tell us what you think – (the tour, the people, the vibe). 

Prizes for the most creative/useful/catchy tweets!

Guide to Services @ your Library

The Guide to Services @ your Library offers a brief overview of the essential information about your library.

Amongst other rules and procedures to follow, the Guide explains:

  • how to access the Library website while you are off-campus,
  • what to do and whom to consult when you need assistance with your research,
  • where to borrow and return books.

You are also introduced to the various facilities of the Library such as:

  • The Express Print and Go Kiosks in the Library Foyer – use these kiosks to print your assignment or lecture notes, book a computer or access your email!
  • the Knowledge Commons (KC) – a space where you can enjoy a 2 hour booking at a PC to search, download information as well as print your documents! 

Student Orientation booklet

The remaining facilities of the Library are explained in greater detail in the online Student Orientation  booklet on this page.

The booklet provides an overview of:

  • the Self Learning Zone (SLZ) – This facility is situated in the Library Atrium. Here you can use one of the 6 computers to view online tutorials that will teach you to use the Library really well!
  • This the Library’s search engine where you can browse and access information for your courses!
  • QR Codes. If you are savvy with your smartphone and know how to use QR Codes, scan the codes in this booklet to access the Library tour video, subject guides and many more useful resources!
  • Your Faculty Librarian. Check out who your “go to” person is to help you find your way!

UWC Library Videos

How to use ukwazi

Useful Resources

UWC top student Exam tips

Past Exam Paper repository

How to book a pc

What is a QR Code?

etd submission help

Turnitin Help

UWC Library Layout


Library Auditorium

Mayibuye UWC Robben Island Museum and Archives


24 Hour Study Hall

Donations and Archival Collections


Library Technical Services

Binding Unit

Digital Scholarship and Repository Librarian


Library Administration

Inter-Library Loans (ILL)

Study Den

e-Resources Librarian


Express Print and Go Kiosks

Circulation Desk

Short Loans

Malangatana Reading Room

Multimedia Centre

Disability Support Unit

General Reference Librarian & Self Learning Zone (SLZ)



Knowledge Commons

Thintana Library Training Room

Discussion Rooms for Group Work

Digital and Communications Librarian

IT Support Technician Offices


Economics and Management Sciences (EMS) collection

Training Room and Study Area

EMS Faculty Librarians


Arts, including Languages and Literature, Library & Information Science, History, Religion & Theology and Geography

Arts Faculty Librarians


Law Collection and Service Desk

Law Faculty Librarian


Study area

Information Literacy Librarian

Reference Desk


Education, Community & Health Sciences
collections,Anthropology, Sociology & Women Studies

Community & Health Sciences/Education Faculty Librarians


Special Collections

Special Collections Librarian


Postgraduate Resource Centre


Natural Sciences/Sciences collection

Natural Sciences Faculty Librarians