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Media Studies Library Guide: Home

A guide to resources for Media Studies

Chancellor Oppenheimer Library

Library Hours during term areMonday - Thursday  8 am - 10 pm;  Friday 8 am - 6pm;  Saturday 9 am - 5 pm.

Library Hours during vac are:   Monday - Friday 8.30 am - 5 pm;  Saturday 9 am - 12.30 pm.

The library is generally closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.   During exam times, the library is open until 11pm Mondays - Thursdays and on Sundays during this time.    There is, however, a secure 24/7 study area which remains open once the library closes.

However, the libraries' electronic resources are available at any time, from anywhere off campus, through the off-campus log-in on our home page.   You log in using your UCT student number and password  (same one that you use for VULA and checking your UCT email).

You need your student card to be able to come into the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library, and to be able to borrow materials, print or photocopy.   No student card = no entry.

Hiddingh Hall Library

The Hiddingh Hall Library is situated on the Hiddingh Campus in Cape Town  (top of Government Avenue in the Gardens).  The Library serves the Department of Drama, the Historical Studies Department and the Department of Fine Art.

Library Hours during term are:-   Mon - Thurs   8.30 am - 6 pm  Friday  8.30 - 5 pm  Saturday  10 am - 1 pm

Library Hours during vac:- Mon - Friday  8.30 am - 5 pm  Closed on Saturdays

Special Collections

Special Collections is made up of internationally-renowned Africana and other research resources, including videos and sound recordings.  It is housed in the J W Jagger Building, with its entrance on University Avenue. 



Welcome * Wamkelekile * Welkom

Welcome to your Subject Guide for Media Studies. It offers some basic guidance on how to find and use the Library's resources in this subject area.


Media students, if you need assistance with your research,  please contact me at ingrid.thomson at or by phone 021 650 3133 or drop by the Information Desk to set up an appointment.         

Postgraduate students:   Please let me have a copy of your research proposal (even in draft form) and an indication of any research you may have done thus far.   And suggest a few possible dates and times when you are available.

Bev Angus (beverley.angus at by phone 021 650 3107) in Special Collections is also available for consultations,  while Solvej Vorster (solvej.vorster at or phone 021 480 7135)   is based at Hiddingh Hall.

For quick reference assistance,  please consult the librarians at the Information Desk.



Subject Guide

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Ingrid Thomson
Humanities Information Division
Chancellor Oppenheimer Library
University of Cape Town
Tel: +27 21 650 3133

Centre for Film and Media Studies