Before the Fire

The Jagger Library was established in the 1930s. Over the years, it housed different departments, including the first main library venue, the short loan desk and the African Studies Library. Before the fire, it was the home of the Special Collections Department.  In 2012 the Reading Room, which served UCT researchers and students, as well as all local and international bona fide researchers, was beautifully restored. The basements once served students requiring seating and photocopy machines. Later, it was converted into storage space for the preservation of disparate valuable collections of books, manuscripts, maps, architectural drawings, journals, audio-visual materials, and many more. Learn more about the history of Jagger Library.

The juxtaposition of a problematic history, the beauty of the structure and its progressive contents was in itself thought-provoking.