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Library Prospectus
message from the Library Director

Warm Greetings!

Congratulations on being accepted to study at the University of the Western Cape!


We are hopeful that you will enjoy journey with us. The Library pledges its commitment to support you in achieving your study goals.

The Library doors are open for learning from 8:20 to midnight during weekdays of the academic calendar, with a vibrant new  24/7 Study Centre in the basement for the conscientious learner.

Our interactive website https://lib.uwc.ac.za offers a full digital service platform with a plethora of critical and core quality peer-reviewed articles; e-books; discipline databases, past exam papers, research repository materials as well as Faculty Libguides which support student learning and add value to your curricula and research needs.

Please sign-in via UWC student registration no. to access the library search engine    to access the Online Library Services and Resources, First Year Student Experience Page or our Research Support Page on the website

Online full-text resources can be easily downloaded, via VPN Connect

Check-in with our real-time Ask a Librarian Chat Service on the webpage, during normal work hours or drop an email for your faculty librarian for assistance. Library Staff are knowledgeable and competent offering support for your learning and research needs.

I invite you to engage with the Faculty/Research Librarians and view our online videos , in being proficient information literate users.


On behalf of the Library Team, we wish you a fulfilling academic year 2024

Dr Shirlene Neerputh

UWC Library Director

UWC Library Services:
Empowering Through Knowledge

Vision: To be a strategic partner recognised for our excellence in innovative and relevant library services.

Mission: To enrich the learning, teaching and research experience by providing relevant resources and expertise to enable academic success and enhance UWC’s standing.



Having the right capabilities to deliver the vision


Leverage best-practice technologies to facilitate innovative learning, teaching and research experiences


Collaborate internally and externally to benchmark, advocate and assess relevant needs and practices


Offering physical and virtual spaces that promote a flexible learning environment


Secure financial sustainability through appropriate funding models


Library Annual reports

UWC Library Annual Report 2022
UWC Library Annual Report 2021
UWC Library Annual Report 2020
UWC Library Annual Report 2019

UWC Library Services:
Empowering Through Knowledge