Read the latest news for the Bolus Herbarium Library.

Research focus
Botanical Research at UCT
Monday, October 1, 2018 - 00:15

Scan through botanical publications from the Biological Sciences Department at UCT and know the research focus. Recent botanical publications list is arranged chronologically with the most recent ones listed top. The page lists publications from the year 2013.

New Bolus Herbarium Librarian
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 22:00

The Bolus Herbarium Library is now under the care of Mr Junaid Lucas. Mr Lucas has served at UCT Libraries for the last 33 years. Prior to joining the Science and Engineering library team, Mr Lucas was actively involved in his role at the Digital Library services. 

The cell and its organells simple illustration.
First year Biology course guides
Monday, March 19, 2018 - 17:15

Biology course guides are designed to facilitate your learning success. It provides you insights on how to find resources, evaluate information, avoid plagiarism and properly reference information resources for your assignment. You will also find links to course materials

Last day of ALEPH at UCT
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 14:45

The ALEPH catalogue is available until 15 March 2018 as it is replaced by the more advanced tool Primo.

The loan history you had in ALEPH is not transferred to the new system, therefore make sure you save your loan history before 15 March 2018. Here is a simple guide on How to save your loans history

Bolus Herbarium library will open on 02 January 2018
End Year Library closure
Monday, December 18, 2017 - 08:45

The Bolus Herbarium Library is closed from 19 Dec. 2017 until 01 Jan. 2018 and will reopen on 2 Jan. 2018 at 10h00.

If you have any items you wish to borrow, please do it before the closure. Alternatively, in order to borrow an item before 22 December 2017, make item requests with collection point at the main library.

Stay safe and enjoy the holiday seasons

Primo the one-stop-shop searching tool
Search your course in Primo
Monday, March 19, 2018 - 17:15

Primo simple search allows you to easily find course materials. Searching by course code, name of the course or course convener's sir name enables you to find resources allocated for the course.


No more library book stamps as from 22 Nov. 2017
No more library book stamp
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 00:15

As from Wednesday 22 November, your library items will no longer be stamped with a due date when issued to you. Instead a loan receipt will be sent to you via email.

ZivaHub UCT's institutional data repository
ZivaHub: Open Data UCT
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 16:15

ZivaHub: Open Data UCT, is a new open-access institutional data repository (IDR) available to University of Cape Town research community. It allows researchers and the institution at large to make research data findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable. 

Primo takes off!
Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 14:45

Primo and #PrimoOnTheGo was launched at the Main Library foyer on Wednesday as curious passers-by got to enter lucky draws, eat cupcakes and have their pressing Primo questions answered.

UPDATE: Problems with Google Scholar via EZProxy
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 14:00

Kindly note that a workaround to the Google Scholar issue has been implemented and off-campus users are encouraged to go to The Libraries websites and EZProxy has been updated.

Library opening hours
Library opening hours
Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 15:30

Bolus Herbarium Library will be operating on the following hours throughout the year:

Mondays - Fridays: 10h00 - 12h00.

Picks of recent biological sciences research
Picks of recent Biological Sciences Research
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 14:30

Interesting recent biological sciences publications.

1) Parasitic plants—A CuRe for what ails thee: a parasitic plant is perceived by its host plant in a similar manner to microbes

2) Plant extinctions take time