the Publications page
for a complete list of the Percy FitzPatrick Institute's
publications, divided into scientific and
semi-popular articles and arranged according to
year of publication. Copies of reprints can
be obtained from the Library Manager.
About the library
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 Percy FitzPatrick
Institute. The collection is used primarily by staff and students of the Percy
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.
The Percy FitzPatrick Institute of
African Ornithology was founded in 1959 to study the living birds of Africa by Mrs Cecily K Niven,
daughter and only surviving child of Sir Percy FitzPatrick (1862-1931), a
leading South African politician and entrepreneur. When the Percy FitzPatrick
Institute first opened its doors it immediately started to build a library, an
essential tool for any scientific enterprise. In 1981 the Library was formally
named the Niven Library in honour of Jack and Cecily Niven and their family,
who have done so much for the Institute and its library.
The strength of the Niven Library
is in its holdings on the birds of Africa south of the Sahara. Many other
books and periodicals on birds are also held so that African birds can be
studied in the context of worldwide knowledge. BirdLife
SA has played a vital role in the
development of the Niven Library collection through past exchange agreements
with other important ornithological institutions.
sustained the exchange agreements between 2007-2012 by sending copies of
Africa - Birds & Birding to participating exchange partners. From 2012 the
exchange agreements has been fulfilled by BirdLife South Africa with their new
title African BirdLife.
The Percy FitzPatrick Institute
has many other important research themes such as ecology, and conservation
biology. With this in mind, the Niven Library obtains books and periodicals
dealing with these important subjects to meet the needs of their research
staff and students. The involvement of the Percy FitzPatrick Institute in
research at Marion Island, and also in the Southern Ocean generally, has made
the Niven Library an important centre for Antarctic and sub-Antarctic
biological literature. The Niven Library also holds the UCT Zoology
Department's library collection with holdings on general zoology, the animal
kingdom and wildlife management, and the collections of the Animal Demography
Unit and the South African Ringing Unit.
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