University of South Africa (UNISA) Library

University of South Africa (UNISA) Library

About University of South Africa (UNISA) Library

As the largest academic library in Africa, we are also one of the best-endowed with information resources, information technology and expert staff.

The Unisa Library came into being in 1946 when Unisa introduced distance learning as a mode of tuition. The last 50 years have been a period of rapid growth, with the printed book collection now totalling over 1.5 million items. In addition, we stock over 300 000 other items as well as 4 000 current periodical titles.

We subscribe to an increasing number of electronic journals (e-journals). Both the e-journals and the growing collection of electronic books (e-books) are available to Unisa students and staff online 24/7 via the internet, regardless of the user’s physical location.

We encourage Library clients to use the Library as a space conducive to research and study.

From personal librarians for postgraduate students to free training on the proper use of library resources, the Unisa Library strives to provide all its users with a variety of services that meet their information needs.

Lending services

Any registered Unisa student, with the exception of certain certificate and programme students, may borrow library material.

Training

The Unisa Libraries offer training in the use of library resources to enable clients to find information easily and speedily. Training is offered free of charge to registered Unisa students and staff.

Request a Literature search

A literature search is a reading list on a research topic. We consult South African and international information resources to find material that is relevant to your research topic.

Research support

Postgraduate degree students have access to all Library resources and their own personal librarian. Library research space is also reserved for postgraduate students.

Technology support

The Library assists registered students with access to Library electronic resources via wifi (on-campus) on their electronic devices. Students can also access Library electronic resources when they are off-campus.

Archival and special collections

The collections in the Unisa Library now total approximately 2 million. There is also a growing collection of electronic information resources.

Membership

Membership of the Library begins with registration for the current academic year and it automatically expires after completion of the final examination of the same year.

Tariffs

Tariffs to pay for various Library services.

Find books and catalogues

The Unisa Library has a printed book collection now totalling over 1.5 million items. Search these and our catalogues by typing in a keyword or title.

Find e-journals

Search by title, subject or international standard serial number.

Find course reading material

Search for material for your courses by typing in the relevant course code.

Find e-resources

Search from a wide range of e-resources in our Library.

Unisa Institutional Repository

Find theses and dissertations, research articles, conference papers and rare materials.

Cape Town

Tel: 021 936 4125/4126
Fax: 021 936 4127
ctnlib@unisa.ac.zaAddress:
15 Jean Simonis Street
Parow
7500
January to November:
Mon – Fri: 07:45 to 18:00
Sat: 08:00 to 13:00December:
Mon – Fri: 07:45 to 16:00
Sat: 08:00 to 13:00

Durban

Tel: 031 335 1722
Fax: 031 337 2457Address:
230 Stalwart Simelane street
Durban
4001
January to November:
Mon – Fri: 07:45 to 18:00
Sat: 08:00 to 13:00December:
Mon – Fri: 07:45 to 16:00
Sat: 08:00 to 13:00

East London

Tel: 043 709 0431/2

Address:
10 St Lukes Road
Southernwood
East London
5201

January to November:
Mon – Fri: 07:45 to 18:00
Sat: 08:00 to 13:00December:
Mon – Fri: 07:45 to 16:00
Sat: 08:00 – 13:00

Ekurhuleni

Tel: 011 845 9338/9

Address:
Cnr R51 Road and Brazil Street,
Daveyton
Benoni

January to November:
Mon – Fri: 07:45 to 18:00
Sat: 08:00 to 13:00December:
Mon – Fri: 07:45 to 16:00
Sat: 08:00 to 13:00

Ethiopia

Tel: +251-114351244

Address:
Ground Level
Block 2
Addis Ababa
Ethiopia

January to December:
Mon – Fri: 09:00 to 17:00
Sat: 09:00 to 14:00 

Florida

Tel: 011 471 3068/2933/2837

Address:
GJ Gerwel Building [Former C Block]
Cnr Christiaan De Wet and Pioneer Avenue
Florida

Private Bag X90
Florida, 1710

January to November:
Mon – Fri: 07:45 to 20:00
Sat: 08:00 to 16:00December
Mon – Fri: 07:45 to 16:00
Sat: 08:00 to 13:00

 

Johannesburg

Tel: 011 630 4531/4532/4533

Address:
29 Rissik Street
Johannesburg
2000

January to November:
Mon – Fri: 07:45 to 18:00
Sat: 08:00 to 13:00December:
Mon – Fri: 07:45 to 16:00
Sat: 08:00 to 13:00

Nelspruit

Tel: 013 755 2476
email: nelslib@unisa.ac.zaAddress:
1st floor, Standard Bank Building
31 Brown Street
Nelspruit
1201
January to November:
Mon – Fri: 07:45 to 17:00
Sat: 08:00 to 13:00December:
Mon – Fri: 08:00 to 16:00
Sat: Closed

Pietermaritzburg

Tel: 033 335 1714
email: makhans@unisa.ac.zaAddress:
1 Langalibalele Street
Pietermaritzburg
January to November:
Mon – Fri: 07:45 to 17:00
Sat: 08:00 to 13:00December:
Mon – Fri: 07:45 to 16:00
Sat: 08:00 to 13:00

Polokwane

Tel: 015 29034 31/33/36

Address:
Provincial Centre – Limpopo Province
PO Box 2805
Polokwane
0700

January to November:
Mon – Fri: 07:45 to 18:00
Sat: 08:00 to 13:00December:
Mon – Fri: 07:45 to 16:00
Sat: 08:00 to 13:00

Pretoria, Main campus (Muckleneuk)

Tel: 012 429 3206
Fax : 012 429 3489Address:
Samuel Pauw Building
University of South Africa
Preller Street
Muckleneuk Ridge
Pretoria
or
Unisa Library
PO Box 392
Unisa
0003
January to November:
Mon – Fri: 07:45 to 20:00
Sat: 08:00 to 16:00December
Mon – Fri: 07:45 to 16:00
Sat: 08:00 to 13:00

 

Rustenburg

Tel: 011 670 9524 / 9525

Address:
Cnr OR Tambo and Steen Street
Rustenburg
0300

January to November:
Mon – Fri: 07:45 to 18:00
Sat: 08:00 to 13:00December:
Mon – Fri: 07:45 to 16:00
Sat: 08:00 to 13:00

Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL)

Tel: 011 652 0341/2

Address:
Cnr Janadel and Alexandra Avenue
Midrand
1686

Mon – Fri
07:45 – 16:00
Saturdays: ClosedDuring residential MBL study hours
Mon – Thu: 07:45 to 18:00
Fri: 07:45 to 16:00

 

Sunnyside

Tel: 012 441 5781/5782/5763

Address:
Building 15
Walker Street
Sunnyside Campus

January to November:
Mon – Fri: 07:45 to 18:00
Sat: 08:00 to 13:00December:
Mon – Fri: 07:45 to 16:00
Sat: 08:00 to 13:00

 

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