Stellenbosch University Library

The Stellenbosch University Library is one of the biggest subterranean libraries in the world. It houses more than 600 000 volumes of books and bound periodicals. Its total floor space is the size of three rugby fields (17 000 m2). There are study desks for more than 1 400 students and 27 study cubicles are provided for postgraduates. Several seminar rooms for discussion groups are available (to be reserved in advance at the reception desk). 

The library has collections scattered around the campus outside of the main facility, all of which are catalogued on a computerised database. There are several other satellite libraries servicing the different faculties, including the Theology Library, Law Library, and Tygerberg Medical Library. The Conservatoire Library has a large selection of music, which can be listened to in individual listening cubicles, and a vast collection of sheet music. To access online databases and journals as well as reserving books and requesting interlibrary loans, consult the library website. The desk for national and international periodicals and newspapers is situated on the lower level. There is also a photocopying room on the upper level. The photocopiers can be operated with student cards. Registered students need their student cards to enter the library and borrow books.

If you are unable to see one of the librarians in person, make use of our via e-reference system: Ask a Librarian.



Monday to Thursday 08:00 – 22:00

Friday 08:00 – 17:30

Saturday 10:00 – 16:30


Monday to Friday 08:00 – 17:30

Saturday 10:00 – 13:00


Monday to Friday 08:00 – 22:00

Saturday 10:00 – 16:30

Sunday 10:00 – 22:00 


The library is closed on public holidays and the first and last Saturday of the year.Time changes are usually advertised at the library entrance, but are also available  via

More informaiton pertaining to the library and the services offered is available via