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Enrichment Programme

As part of the EMEA Regional Council Meeting 2014 we are pleased to offer delegates an additional Enrichment Programme which will run prior and following the main conference. We have secured some great tours and visits which you are welcome to join.

There are no charges for any of the tours/visits.

Sunday 23 February



Robben Island 13:00 - 16:30

“During the many years of incarceration on Robben Island, we often looked across Table Mountain at its magnificent silhouette … To us on Robben Island, Table Mountain was a beacon of hope. It represented the mainland to which we knew we would one day return.”
Former President Nelson Mandela

A boat trip to Robben Island and a guided tour of the prison that held Nelson Mandela for 18 years.  Participants will need to make their own way to the waterfront and the meeting point for the ferry.

Sabinet Welcome Reception, Hildebrand 17:00 - 22:00

We are pleased to announce that Sabinet Online will be hosting a welcome reception for EMEARC 2014 delegates. This will be an informal opportunity for you to meet other delegates, representatives of OCLC, speakers from the programme and of course our generous hosts for the evening.

The reception will commence at 17:00 and drinks and canapés will be served from 18:00. You are warmly invited to join us at this relaxing waterfront venue. Please make your own way to the venue, your hotel Concierge will be able to advise you accordingly.

Please note that dinner will not be provided at this reception.

Tuesday 25 February



University of Cape Town 18:00 - 20:00

A visit to the nearby University of Cape Town campus and a short tour of their library and Special Collections in the J.W.Jagger Library.  The group will be addressed by Professor Crain Soudien Deputy Vice-Chancellor, UCT. Light refreshments will be provided offering the opportunity for informal networking. 

A free return coach transfer will be provided for this visit.

Wednesday 26 February


Stellenbosch University and Delheim Wine Farm Tour 08:00 - 17:00

Note that this is a full day excursion and exact times will be confirmed nearer the date.

Stellenbosch University is home to an academic community of some 28 000 students (including more than 3 000 foreign students).  The historical oak-lined university town amongst the Boland Mountains in the winelands of the Western Cape creates a unique campus atmosphere, which attracts local and foreign students alike. Stellenbosch University is among South Africa's leading tertiary institutions based on research output, student pass rates and rated scientists, and is recognised internationally as an academic institution of excellence. The visit will include tours of remarkable landmarks of the Town, University museum, botanical gardens, main campus and the main JS Gericke Library, located in a modern sub-terrestrial building. The visit will end with a lunch.

On the way back to Cape Town we will take the opportunity to visit one of the many wine farms in the area, Delheim Wine Farm which is set in beautiful surroundings.

A free return coach transfer will be provided for this visit.


Centre for the Book, National Library South Africa 09:00 - 11:00

The Centre for the Book is an outreach unit of the National Library of South Africa. Its mission is to promote a culture of reading, writing and publishing in local languages and easy access to books for all. The Centre for the Book is housed in a historic Edwardian building in the heart of Cape Town.

A free return coach transfer will be provided for this visit.


To book your place on one or more of the tours/visits, please ensure that you complete the Registration Form.

Please note that spaces on the tours are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If you are no longer able to attend once you have received your confirmation, please inform us as soon as possible so that your place may be offered to someone else.




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