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Support African ornithology by purchasing out of print and collector’s books from the Niven Library. The funds raised from the sale of books will go back into purchasing additional books to expand and enhance the existing ornithological collection in the Library.

See http://www.fitzpatrick.uct.ac.za/books-sale for a full list of available books.

Welcome to the Niven Library, Africa's most comprehensive collection on Ornithology!


The Niven Library is a reference library established, funded and managed by the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town. The collection is used primarily by staff and students of the FitzPatrick Institute, but is also open to all members of the University community, members of BirdLife SA, and members (including students) of other teaching and professional institutions.


Can't find what you're looking for? Contact the Librarian, or search UCT Libraries catalogue.

The opening hours are
Monday to Friday
8h30 to 16h00


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FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
University of Cape Town
Private Bag X3
Rondebosch 7701
Cape Town South Africa

Phone: +27 (0)21 650-3305
Email: The Librarian



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