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Education Library Guide: Home

A guide for Education students

Research and Reference Help

If you need assistance with your research,  please contact me at ingrid.thomson at or by phone 021 650 3703  or drop by the Information Desk to set up an appointment.      

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.

For quick reference assistance,  please consult the librarians at the Information Desk or use Ask-a-Librarian.        


Welcome * Wamkelekile * Welkom

The aim of this guide is to explore the resources (printed and electronic) available at UCT Libraries for Education. 

Education material is found in various parts of the libraries - the Chancellor Oppenheimer Library, Government Publications Department, Hiddingh Hall Library, and Special Collections.    

These resources include:-

  • School Text Book Collection  (Grade R - Grade 12)
  • Classroom Collection containing mostly juvenile non-fiction material for lesson planning, and teaching practice.
  • International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP)-Unesco publications (we are a deposit library)
  • South African Childrens’ Literature Collection (in Special Collections)
  • DVDs and Videos including support material for teaching practice
  • Masters/Doctoral Theses
  • Documents including Legislation, Policy, Annual Reports, Statistics,  and other documents published by the Department of Education and some education government related documents published by countries (mostly African) and institutions.
  • A range of electronic resources including databases and online books.



Library Hours

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.

The Hlanganani section of the library is the official afterhours study space.  

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