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Historical data (2019- )


All registered staff and students, excluding short-course students, of the Universities of Cape Town (UCT), Stellenbosch (SU) and the Western Cape (UWC) and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) are considered CHELiN members and may access the CHELiN libraries free of charge to use the materials within the libraries.

Reciprocal borrowing

All staff and students of the Universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch and the Western Cape and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in possession of a first degree and registered for further study, and students registered for a B-Tech degree are considered CHELiN borrowers and may apply to borrow material from CHELiN libraries in addition to their borrowing privileges at their home library.

Inter-library loans

Inter-library loans is a service available to registered students and staff of an institution to request books and articles, not available at their home institution's libraries. Documents are requested from South African libraries as well as international libraries.

Digital platform solutions

Solutions include journal hosting services, open education resources, open monograph systems, Alma, Primo and Figshare.


Each CHELiN member institution subscribes to a vast number of electronic databases, electronic journals and electronic books from a variety of vendors. Due to license agreements with these vendors, access, in general, to subscription e-resources is restricted to registered staff and students at the particular institution only.