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a library guide for music students

Library Hours

Term hours

Monday - Friday: 08h30-17h00
Saturday: 09h00-12h00

Vacation hours

Monday - Friday: 08h30-17h00
Saturday: closed

New books and recordings

Useful links

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Would you like training in finding resources, referencing and citations or other library related matters?

Please contact Brandon Adams (

If you cannot find what you are looking for in the Library, don't hesitate to ask a staff member. We are here to help!

WH Bell Music Library

Welcome to the WH Bell Music Library at the University of Cape Town. The library is named after William Henry Bell, English composer, conductor & lecturer who came to SA in 1912 to steer the South African College of Music. 

We are located on the lower campus adjacent to the South African College of Music and the Baxter Theatre. Our principal users are the staff and students at the South African College of Music and at the School of Dance.

Our users have access to an excellent collection of books about music and musicians, periodicals, reference sources, collected works of major composers, study and performance scores of music, sound and video recordings and electronic information resources that support the curriculum.

The library staff are always available for help and training.

Find your way around

Use the tabs and their drop-down options at the top of this guide to get a good sense of the library and what it has to offer.

If you are looking for information and help but you don't find it covered in this guide - please let us know and we can consider including it.



Computers (one with a midi-keyboard) and space for laptops are on the upper level.

Printing, Photocopying and Scanning

Nashua is the copy and print vendor for UCT. The photocopy room is on the lower level.

  • Nashua Helpdesk: 021 650 4813/15.    
  • Please contact them should you encounter any problems with the photocopiers.

Listening rooms:

Listening rooms (on the lower level) are equipped with CD players, LP turntables, cassette players, TV sets, DVD and/or VHS machines. Exchange your student card for a key at the music library circulation desk. 

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