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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

Useful links


Getting books from other South African libraries

If the item you are looking for is not listed in the UCT Libraries catalogue, you can submit an interlibrary loan request. Complete a request form (pink form) at the Circulation Desk. If you need assistance contact Shaheema Luckan (

The database,
SACat, lists material in all major South African Libraries.

WH Bell Music Library

Welcome to the WH Bell Music Library at the University of Cape Town.

This guide is designed to assist Music and Performing Arts students find useful information to make the most of the resources the library has to offer.

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.


Printing, Photocopying and Scanning

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

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. 

UCT Libraries Good Conduct Rules

When using the Libraries - keep the following rules in mind:


A person shall not make noise, cause a disturbance, make or take cell phone calls, hold public meetings or demonstrations, within UCT Libraries, or behave in such a manner that would interfere with or impact negatively on study and research activities of library users.



Food may not be consumed in UCT Libraries. Drinks are permitted only in special library-approved spill-proof containers. Smoking is not permitted.



All cell phones must be on silent mode. Making or taking cell phone calls in UCT Libraries is prohibited.

cell phones


Any person infringing the rules of conduct may be required to leave the library and/or have library privileges suspended or withdrawn and/or face disciplinary proceedings.


Contact Info:

Music & Dance Online LibGuide

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

Learn how to Search online databases at UCT, create profiles, save searches and more…

Thursdays from 13:00-13:30 in room L22 in the music library for second term only

Please contact Brandon Adams (