Best UWC Library Guide For Students

If you want to use the UWC Library, then you should read this important article. It provides a guide around the use of the library and information on all the resources.

In this short but very informative article, I will provide you with all the necessary information you need to know about the UWC library and how to use it.

UWC Library also known as the Ukwazi Library is the academic library of the University of Western Cape.

The library is the main source of information for both students and lecturers. It serves the entire university with a wide range of physical and digital collections.

Library users need to know their way around the library. This will also help you to easily find what you are looking for.

Take a little time to check the table of contents below. This shows the overview of the topics treated on this page. You can click on any of the topics to jump to the particular article.

Membership And Loan Services

This is an academic library so membership is strictly for staff and students of the University of Western Cape.

While membership is free for all users, there are restrictions depending on your membership status.

For instance, there is a number of items each type of library user can borrow. Check the loan service layout below and you will understand what I am talking about.

StatusNumber of ItemsPeriod
Undergraduates42 Weeks
Postgraduates104 Weeks
Staff306 weeks

As you can see above there are different loan terms for each type of UWC library user.

UWC Library Facilities

Since the library is the main source of information, some facilities must help with resourcing information. The Ukwazi library has lots of facilities to help its users get access to information easily.

Below are some of the library facilities you can make use of.

  • There is a study room that has a serene environment for users to study.
  • There are also computers available at the Knowledge Commons that users can book for their research.
  • Differently Abled Support Unit (DASU) is also available to also support persons with disabilities.
  • There are online resources and databases for users to access remotely.

There are many facilities that you must use the library to also know.

Online Resources

There is also online library access where a user can source information. The online resource contains UWC ebooks and links to other Scholarly Journal databases.

The online resources are accessible through the Ukwazi library’s website. The access is strictly by using your UWC iKamva Logins. You can use the same logins you use on the UWC students portal.

As soon as you visit the UWC library link, you will land on a page similar to the one in the image below.

Best UWC Library Guide For Students

No matter the location, you can access library materials over the Internet.

If you have any problem or wish to talk to a Librarian, call 021 959 2209 or you can also send an email to [email protected]


What time does the library open?

The UWC Library usually opens from 8:20 AM to 10:00 PM from Monday to Thursday, closing at 8:00 PM on Fridays. On Saturdays, the library opens from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. But the library remains completely closed on Sundays.

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