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​​ Address for submission of requests

By e-mail:
By fax:        +27  21 650 2981
By post:     Interlibrary Loans Department 
                   Chancellor Oppenheimer Library
                   University of Cape Town
                   Private Bag  X3 Rondebosch
                   ​7701,  SOUTH AFRICA.


Materials that may be requested

Photocopies of journal articles, conference papers, and chapters of books. Books may be requested by South African libraries who belong to the South African Interlending Scheme.

Note: UCT does not lend books or theses to international requesters. For information about obtaining digitised UCT theses, see below.


Loan period

UCT Libraries' books are loaned to other South African libraries for 3 to 8 weeks, depending on the section of the Libraries supplying the book. No renewals are granted.


Costs and method of payment

Requests filled for local requesters are charged according to the South African Interlending Scheme rates.  We charge a minimum of 2 IFLA vouchers for photocopies of journal articles or conference papers for international requesters (less than 20 pages) If by cheque, the payment is a minimum of $20-00. Cheques are to be made payable to the University of Cape Town.


How to obtain UCT theses and dissertations

Check OpenUCT or our Theses & Dissertations page to see if a copy of the thesis you need is not available full text.

University of Cape Town theses and dissertations do not circulate internationally, however you may obtain a digital copy of a UCT master's dissertation or doctoral thesis by emailing OpenUCT.  

This service is available to libraries, other institutions, and individuals.