Help for Matrics at library

2018-10-23 06:01
Woodstock librarian Nonkqaza Nogilana.                  PHOTO: luvuyo mjekula

Woodstock librarian Nonkqaza Nogilana. PHOTO: luvuyo mjekula

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With matric learners across the country currently sitting for their year-end exams, librarians in Woodstock are inviting the learners to make use of the facility for assistance.

According to librarian Nonkqaza Nogilana, the Woodstock Library has, over the years, been building a collection of study materials for learners from Grade 8 to Grade 12. These, she says, are within the current curriculum.

“For example, in the Grade 12 study materials we have covered pretty much all the subjects like Physics, Maths Literature, Languages and all the way to Tourism Studies and we have various types of study guides like Study & Master, Ace It!, and the most popularly used – the Answer series – and these study guides are fully Caps compliant,” says Nogilana.

She says the library also has DVDs for all subjects, presenting the curriculum step by step for learners, which can be borrowed by the learners for two days. “All the study guides are availed for students to loan, some for two weeks and others for short loans so that everybody gets a chance to borrow,” says Nogilana.

Senior librarian Noxolo Gaba says: “There’s always something for everyone at Woodstock Library.”

Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee member for safety, security and social services, JP Smith, adds that the City’s libraries offer learners and students a safe space to study, conduct research and learn.

Says Smith: “Libraries provide free access to educational materials and resources to many who would otherwise be unable to afford them. These facilities offer learners a place to continue and complete the learning process and, for many of our young people, it’s the only quiet or safe space to study.”

He says through the SmartCape initiative, which provides free internet access to all library users, members of the City’s libraries can access all Britannica resources and, should they require, they can have unlimited access to the service from any internet-enabled phone or other device for registered library users.

The City’s libraries also offer the Online Public Access Catalogue (Opac), which is available remotely via the internet and will save readers time when looking for library materials. It can also be accessed inside the library.

There is some work still being done on the new library management system.

Smith also confirms that five of the City’s libraries are closed for proactive maintenance. Four will reopen in December with the last one reopening in January.

The affected libraries are Fish Hoek, Kraaifontein, PD Paulse in Kuils River, Scottsdene and Goodwood.

V Woodstock Library is situated on the corner of Aberdeen and Clyde streets. Learners can call the library on 021 444 6867. To find your nearest library and its opening times, visit


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