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Music Library Guide: Home

a library guide for Music & Dance students

Useful links

While the Library still maintains strong print collections, it is important to note that many of our newest books are available only in electronic rather than print versions. 

Therefore it is essential to use the library catalogue, Primo,  which has hotlinks to the electronic books, since browsing the physical collection alone will cause you to miss the up-to-date, new material added to the Library holdings over the last few years.


 Locating library material:


-Writing Centre


Connect with the UCT Libraries


Find streaming and audio music online


     Music & Dance Online


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.

We hope to see you soon!


Printing, Photocopying and Scanning

UCT Managed Print Services (Xerox) is the copy and print vendor for UCT. The photocopy room is on the lower level.

Where can I get help?

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. 

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.


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