Two years after the Jagger Library was gutted by fire, the University of Cape Town is finally in the process to restore it as well as other affected buildings.

The historical facility reopened its doors last month.

In 2022, the institution held workshops with various people to reimagine the space as a research library with a focus on African history.

A devastating fire damaged the library and other buildings on the 18th of April 2021.

UCT says it remains both grateful and relieved that no lives were lost and that no student or staff member was harmed during the sudden evacuation process.

Spokesperson Elijah Moholola says the institution is now in a better position to proceed with the reconstruction of the Jagger Library.

“The next step is the appointment of an architect in accordance with the UCT Properties & Services processes. The user group that will guide and advise the master planning process has been finalised and relevant individuals identified for participation. Consideration of how and where to store a new working archive in the future is an important factor in designing and rebuilding the Jagger Library”.