Western Cape

Cape Town Library


All services offered in the region are impacted by the current Covid-19 level restrictions as imposed by the government. Please check the Unisa Western Cape Region Facebook Page for the current level of services offered in the region.

As the largest academic library in Africa, we are also one of the best-resourced with regards to information resources, information technology and expert staff.

Services Offered

  • Access to collections
  • Electronic Access
  • Assistance for students living with disabilities
  • Library training
  • Self-Service photocopying and printing

Students living with disabilities

In addition to the ARCSWiD facilities, the library offers a dedicated room equipped with assistive devices needed by students living with disabilities.

Additional services include:

  • Study and examination facility
  • Special parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Assistance available on request
  • Material supplied in appropriate formats

Access to collections

A number of collections are available for loan. Reserved and reference collections may only be utilised inside the library. The other collections such as the study collection, prescribed collection and audio-visual collections may be borrowed for 3 days per week.

Students in the region may also request items available from the Postal Study Collection.

Electronic Access

Your smartphone, computer, laptop or tablet can be used to browse the library catalogues and collections.

You may also visit the Library website to download e-reserves, e-books andsearch from our wide range of databases in various subject fields.

Library Training

You can book a training session on how to use the Library and its resources.

Training schedules can be found at:

Operating Hours

January to November
Monday - Friday: 08:00 to 18:00
Saturdays: 08:00 to 13:00

Monday - Friday: 08:00 to 16:00
Saturdays: 08:00 to 13:00

The University of South Africa has introduced a Mobile Library service to provide access to students in certain remote towns in the Western Cape. The Mobile Library provide library services to registered Unisa students.

Services Offered

  • Lending Services
  • Mobile library book requests
  • Reference services
  • Information literacy training
  • Search services


Your Unisa student card and ID / Driver’s license.


The latest Mobile Library schedule can be found here.

Contact us for any enquiries during office hours from 08h00 to 15h30.

Cape Town Campus Library Email: ctnlib@unisa.ac.za

Mobile Library Email: ctnmob@unisa.ac.za

Last modified: 2021/02/09