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Physical address

3rd Floor, Education block
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Tygerberg campus
Francie van Zijl Avenue

Postal address

PO Box 19091
Tygerberg 7505
Cape Town
South Africa

The library is situated in the northern suburbs of Cape Town:
  • 37 km from Stellenbosch (main University campus).

  • 20 km from Cape Town.
  • Adjacent to Tygerberg Hospital.

  • On the 3rd floor of the Education Block. The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences comprises of the Clinical Building, Fisan Building and Education Block. The Clinical Building and Education Block are connected by means of a passage. The main entrance is in the Clinical Building.

Please note: Visitor access to the campus is obtained with the driver's South African driver's license or ID

Access to the campus is obtained with the driver's South African driver's license or ID.  When stopping at the main entrance boom, the parking officer scans the ID, license and car's registration disc whereafter the driver receives a visitor’s access code. The access code is used on the keypad at the main entrance boom and at the designated parking area to lift the booms. It is used in the same manner when leaving the campus.  

The visitor access code will only be valid for one entrance and one exit.

Directions to the Tygerberg campus and the library   


It is recommended that visitors who wish to travel to the Tygerberg campus from Cape Town or from Cape Town International Airport use rental cars for the trip to the campus.

A number of taxi services are not recommended. Should you, however, have no alternative as to use a taxi service, please make enquiries in the airport terminal building or at your hotel/guest house about a reputable service.

No train or underground services are available from the airport.

Visitors who wish to first travel directly to Cape Town from the airport may also use the airport shuttle services to the Cape Town city centre. 

On campus (Campus map .pdfCampus map .pdf or Roadmap)

  • From Francie van Zijl Drive turn into the enclosure of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Tygerberg campus.

  • Visitors to the main gate have to sign the register and will receive a card that gives them access to the P1 parking area. (You may also ask here for directions to the Clinical Building entrance).

  • Follow the road to the Clinical Building - pass the student residences and tennis courts and follow the road to the visitors' parking bays.

  • The Clinical Building is opposite side of the visitors' parking area.

  • Sign in at the reception desk at the main entrance.

  • Follow the stairs behind the reception desk.

  • Pass the coffee shop and continue straight through the double doors.

  • Take the lift, directly to your left, to the third floor.

  • On leaving the lift, turn left, and continue down the passage.
  • The library is to your right. After entering, push the intercom button on the wall to your right at the electronic access control.
    • Visitors requiring access to the library for disabled persons may phone tel. 021 938 9368 prior to the visit to arrange for easy access.  

    From Cape Town (Map) (22.5 kb, pdf)

    • The distance from Cape Town to Bellville is approximately 15 km.

    • Follow the N1 freeway to Paarl.

    • Turn off at Exit 20 and turn right into Mike Pienaar Boulevard.

    • Turn right at the fourth traffic light into Francie van Zijl Drive.

    • Turn left at the first traffic light and follow the road to the Tygerberg campus enclosure.

    • Follow the road to the main entrance of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. (Further directions at On campus above).

    From Cape Town International Airport (Map) (22.5 kb, pdf)

    • The Tygerberg campus is approximately 15 km from the airport.

    • Follow the Airport Approach Road and turn left into Borcherd Quarry Road (M22 to Bellville).

    • Turn left at the second traffic light into De La Rey Road. Continue for 3 km. 

    • Turn right at the fourth traffic light (do not count traffic lights at pedestrian crossings) into Francie van Zijl Drive.

    • Follow Francie van Zijl Drive and turn right at the first traffic light into the Tygerberg campus enclosure.

    • Follow the road to the main entrance of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. (Further directions at On campus above).