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WJ Talbot Library

WJ Talbot Library

About the Library

The WJ Talbot Library is a departmental library and is often referred to as the Engeo Library or the Environmental and Geographical Science Library. It is a resource centre used mostly by the staff and students of the Environmental and Geographical Science Department but is available to all members of the university community as well as other teaching and professional institutions.

The WJ Talbot Library is named after William Talbot, the first professor of Geography at the University of Cape Town. The Library holdings comprise of reference books, general books and journals on environmental and geographical science, a collection of reports, reprints, conference proceedings, maps, videos, slides, theses and newspaper clippings. The holdings in this library are virtually all donations from staff or students with only a few current journal titles.

Library Hours

The library is open during the following times;
Mondays to Thursdays: 08h30 - 13h00 and 14h00 - 16h30
Fridays: 08h30 - 13h00 and 14h00 - 16h00

Contact Details

The WJ Talbot Library
Rm 3.06
Environmental and Geographical Science Building
University of Cape Town
South Africa

Librarian: Mrs. Shaada Reddy, (021) 650 2747 (08h30-13h00)
Departmental Assistant: Mr Tony George, (021) 650 4739 (08h30 -16h30)



The books are arranged according to an adapted Dewey Decimal Classification and include reference books and general texts.


Journals are arranged alphabetically by title on the shelves.


Newsletters are arranged alphabetically by title in filing cabinets.


Masters and PhD theses are arranged alphabetically by author. Honours theses are arranged by year and then alphabetically by author.

Reports, reprints and Conference Proceedings

This collection is arranged by accession number in box files.


The map collection is housed in hanging cabinets except for the teaching sets which are housed in the lecture rooms.


Some of the collection has been scanned and placed on the EGS website here The actual slides are available in the library.

Newspaper Clippings

The newspaper clippings are filed alphabetically by subject.

Short Loan Facility

The short loan facility is specifically for the ENGEO students where the lecturers will place the relevant readings for the courses as they are taught. The facility is utilised mainly for the post-graduate students but from time to time will service the undergraduate courses as well.