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Access over 80 million open books from various subject disciplines
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 - 08:30

Access to open educational resources, including access to open textbooks, is critical to supporting students and lecturers during remote online learning. A comprehensive list of over 80 million open resources has been compiled, consisting of subjects across the different disciplines. These free scholarly resources can be read whilst online or downloaded to view offline (with no internet), on different kind of devices, including a mobile phone.

Intermittent access to OpenUCT on Wed 3 April 2019
Wed, 03 Apr 2019 - 08:15

There may be intermittent access to OpenUCT on Wednesday morning, 3 April 2019 due to system maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


UNESCO Chair for ‘open education’ professor
Mon, 11 Mar 2019 - 08:45

The title of UNESCO Chair in Open Education and Social Justice has been awarded to the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams, associate professor in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT). UCT Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng announced Hodgkinson-Williams’s appointment during her address at the Open Education Seminar in celebration of Open Education Week on 6 March.

UCT Open Education Week 2019
Mon, 25 Feb 2019 - 14:45

The Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching in collaboration with UCT Libraries is pleased to host this year’s Open Education Week seminar at the University of Cape Town on 6 March 2019.

UCT Open Access Week 2018 Video Series now available
Wed, 28 Nov 2018 - 14:30

The Digital Open Textbooks for Development (DOT4D) website is now live and with a series of videos from the Open Access Week seminar held in October. These videos document the three thematic threads of the event - open access and social justice, open access and publishing, and voices from the UCT community.

Opening up access to knowledge
Mon, 29 Oct 2018 - 09:00

The University of Cape Town (UCT) joined institutions around the world in celebrating Open Access Week, which focuses on promoting open knowledge sharing, from 22 to 28 October.

Screening of "Paywall: The Business of Scholarship"
Thu, 18 Oct 2018 - 10:30

Missed our screening of Paywall: the Business of Scholarship? Watch it online now or Click here for a free download.

Building Strong LIS Education: A Call to Global and Local Action
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 - 08:30

The results of an international survey to pursue international educational standards in Library and Information Science. The White Paper by the IFLA Building Strong Library and Information Science Education Working Group (BSLISE), has been added to the Open Monographs collection.

Open Access Week Seminar: Designing equitable open access foundations for social justice
Mon, 08 Oct 2018 - 13:45

In celebration of International Open Access Week, a seminar will be held on 24 October 2018 from 13h30-15h30 in Hlanganani Junction, Chancellor Oppenheimer Library, Level 6. Download the Full Programme and Book your seat today.

OpenUCT Rising in Visibility
Thu, 27 Jul 2017 - 16:45

OpenUCT has performed extremely well in the most recent Ranking Web of Repositories published by the Cybermetrics Lab in Spain. OpenUCT is ranked second of 21 repositories in South Africa, and also takes second place of the 80 repositories in Africa. Globally, OpenUCT is ranked 143 out of 2,372 repositories. The aim of the Ranking Web of Repositories is not to grade repositories, but rather to promote Open Access initiatives and global access to academic knowledge.

Open Access Symposium 2016 – Empowerment through open scholarship: transcending boundaries
Tue, 31 Jan 2017 - 13:15

The Open Access Symposium 2016, hosted by University of Cape Town (UCT) Libraries and SPARC Africa, in partnership with SPARC, Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) and the National Research Foundation (NRF), took place over six days in December.

Open Scholarship experts sharing their knowledge at the Open Access Symposium
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 - 08:30


"Open Access (OA) is a no-brainer!” "... The real value of learning is sharing what you've learned" “…we need new indicators [of measuring scholarship] to break out of the status quo” “students cannot learn from books they can’t afford”


These are some quotes from our international speakers  who will share their expert knowledge on open access, data management, open educational resources, copyright guidelines and practice over a period of two and a half days (6-8 December).  The Open Access Symposium, hosted by UCT Libraries, with SPARC USA, SPARC Africa, NRF and LIASA, will be held at iThemba LABS, Faure. Three parallel workshops (at three different locations) will precede the Symposium that will focus on practical training and developing skills for delegates from Africa.

Register for the Open Access Symposium and the workshops of your choice. The Workshops, Africa Connect and SPARC Africa session are free. Details regarding the programme are also available.