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Lwandle Oceanographic Resource Center

About the Resource Centre

"Lwandle" Oceanographic Resource Centre is a departmental library often referred to as the Oceanography Library. It serves as an on-the-spot  working collection for academics, post graduate students, research associates and visiting scientists in the dept. The Resource Centre also extends its services to the broader university community and to organisations affiliated to the dept.

The Library holdings comprise of reference books, general books and journals on marine research, as well as a collection of reports, reprints, conference proceedings, maps, DVD's and theses.

For online resources, books and journals  search UCT Libraries Catalogue PRIMO



  • Books

The books are arranged alphabetically by author for each subtopic  -- which includes: Antarctica, Marine Biology, Marine Ecology, Marine Geology, Mathematics, Meteorology, Climatology and Global Change

  • Journals

Journals are arranged alphabetically by title.

  • Theses

PhD and Masters theses:  are arranged alphabetically by author - electronic versions are available for download via UCT Libraries (OPAC) Open Public Access Catalogue PRIMO

Honours projects: hardcopies are kept in the resource centre. Electronic copies are available on VULA that requires authenticated log in details for access.

(Some recent theses are also in CD-ROM format kept in filing drawers - alternatively  ALL theses can be accessed via UCT Libraries Catalogue PRIMO

  • Maps

The map collection is housed in hanging cabinets

  • Newsletters, Reports, Conference Proceedings & Reprints

The Resource Centre also houses a collection of newsletters, reports, conferences, proceedings & reprints.

  • Short Loan Collection

The short loan collection is specifically for staff and postgraduate students for teaching and research but from time to time will service the undergraduate students as well.