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Library Prospectus
message from the Library Director

Re-Opening of the Library

Dear UWC Community

I sincerely hope that you and your families are well and safe!

UWC Library pledges its support for President Cyril Ramphosa, UWC Executive Management and Colleagues, in combatting the spread of COVID 19 (Coronavirus), and ensuring that South Africa is a safe place to live and learn.

The Library supports “Save the Academic Year 2020” and the university pledge of “leave no student behind” in teaching, learning and research. To this end, the Library website: https://lib.uwc.ac.za offers a full digital service platform with a plethora of easily accessible online quality peer- reviewed articles and e-books, to support your e-learning curricula and research needs, including exam papers, research repository materials and online Librarian chat service. All Faculty Librarians are ready to assist via emails.  Supplementary resources are also availed by publishers to promote learning and research during the COVID 19 crisis. The Library webpage access and use of online resources are zero-rated data use.

The Library will be opening the doors of Learning as part of the UWC Campus Integrated Phased in Plan, with effect from 27 July 2020. Library operations will be conducted in compliance to COVID 19 health and safety protocols. Social distancing norms apply (kindly see detailed information on FAQs (https://libanswers.uwc.ac.za/relib/search/?t=0&adv=1&topics=Reopening%20of%20Library). The normal hours of operations of service will be from 8:20 – 16:30 from Monday to Friday.

Gratitude to our patrons for their patience and understanding to remain strong in our resolve to combat COVID 19, to ensure good student and staff health and wellness!

Stay safe and stay focused on your learning goals for 2020. This is a great time for deep commitment of student personal learning goals; researcher focus, with a reflection of personal health and mindful practices. 

On behalf of the Library Management and staff, we wish to support another successful academic year.

Yours Sincerely

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.


  • STRATEGIC GOAL 1: Having the right capabilities to deliver the vision
  • STRATEGIC GOAL 2: Leverage best-practice technologies to facilitate innovative learning, teaching and research experiences
  • STRATEGIC GOAL 3: Collaborate internally and externally to benchmark, advocate and assess relevant needs and practices
  • STRATEGIC GOAL 4: Offering physical and virtual spaces that promote a flexible learning environment
  • STRATEGIC GOAL 5: Secure financial sustainability through appropriate funding models

UWC Library Services:
Empowering Through Knowledge