Gain Access To University Online Libraries
The current pandemic and lockdown has forced all Universities to close their doors. This means that their libraries are closed as well. However, students can still access electronic resources using online library services Universities provide.
Lockdown has seen University's close their libraries. However, students can still access electronic resources such as journals, e-books as well as havve access to library databases at respective Universities and virtual librarian assistance.
North West University
You can access NWU’s Library by going to http://library.nwu.ac.za/ where you can ask questions, find information and many services, eBooks, accredited journals, exam papers and many other resources, get online support during Covid-19, look at guides and find training that is available.
University of Johannesburg
To gain access to UJ’s library services as well as UJoogle where you’ll be able to find books, journals and articles, visit this page.
Nelson Mandela University
Looking for Books/Journals, Accredited journals, Digital Commons (Including Theses & Dissertations), Classic catalogue, Old exam papers, Library guide or Online Resources Guides? Head to https://library.mandela.ac.za/
Here you will also find guidance on how to reference and be able to get into contact with a librarian should you find the need to.
University of Cape Town
UCT Libraries is providing a virtual library service for teaching & learning, and research.
You can gain access to electronic resources as well as journals, a virtual librarian and Google Scholar by going to http://www.lib.uct.ac.za/
Cape Peninsula University of Cape Town
During the lockdown all physical libraries are closed. You can still have access to electronic resources by visiting https://www.cput.ac.za/lib
University of the Free State
To access the Library and Information Services as well as Electronic Resources, click here. Here you will find databases to access resources categorised by departments, journals, books, exam papers and many other resources.
University of the Western Cape
During the Lockdown period, Library staff are available to provide guidance and support for your academic and research projects. From 09h00 to 17h00 you may also send quick queries to the “Ask a Librarian” live chat service that is accessible from the Library home page. Please supply a contact email as part of this process.
Alternatively, make use of the online subject guides here.
Staff and students are encouraged to contact their faculty librarians by email:
Departments are requested to advise their faculty librarians on expenditure of their 2020 book budgets.
- Thozama Bici email@example.com
- Fareed Davids firstname.lastname@example.org
- Clement Kotze email@example.com
- Khonziwe Mpandle firstname.lastname@example.org
- Grace van Niekerk email@example.com
- (acting) Sipiwe Tevera firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also email the library on email@example.com to report problems.
University of Pretoria
Services and support for teaching, learning and research will continue and librarians are available to provide virtual support during this Covid-19 period. Online consultation and instruction will be provided by phone or on Google Hangouts.
You can access online resources such as books, journals, exam papers, subject guides, databases, Google Scholar as well as UPSSpace by visiting https://www.library.up.ac.za/ .
University of the Witwatersrand
By going to https://www.wits.ac.za/library/, you can gain access to electronic resources such as Journals, past exam papers and Ebooks as well as contact librarians.
To find articles, journals, books and media, go to https://www.ru.ac.za/library/
Should you require any library assistance during the lockdown period, Library staff will be available to answer queries and offer teaching & learning support between 8h30-17h00, Monday to Friday.
Faculty Librarian & Research Support:
- Science & Pharmacy - 046 603 8689
- Commerce & Law 046 603 8062
- Humanities & Education 046 603 7341
- Circulation queries/loans/renewals, etc . 046 603 8463
University of Kwazulu-Natal
During the 21-day national lockdown, the Library will remained closed to users. However, UKZN will still be available to assist you with any queries or learning and research requirements.
UKZN will be working remotely and business communication will continue as usual. For assistance, please see the list of library contacts below. No books will be supplied from or received by UKZN Libraries, but articles will be supplied electronically.
All your items on loan will be renewed until we resume normal business and all library fines for material overdue during this period will be waived.
To view contact details, renewal information, e-books, free resources and to access off-campus databases, go to https://library.ukzn.ac.za/.
Durban University of Technology
Access to DUT Library’s vast electronic resources are still accessible from the library website. You will be asked to login using your DUT credentials. – Need help logging in – go to https://library.dut.ac.za/remote-access-faqs/
Central University of Technology
Head to https://www.cut.ac.za/library to find exam papers, audio-visual materials, newspapers and magazines and other resources.
Mangosuthu University of Technology
Sol Plaatje University
To access SPU’s library services, go to https://www.spu.ac.za/index.php/library-services-all/.
To find books, databases, newspaper, magazines and journals, click on ‘Find Resources’.
Remote access is for users who want to access SPU’s subscribed library resources off-campus. To do so, use this link.
Tshwane University of Technology
Go to https://lib.tut.ac.za/ to access Tshwane University of Technology’s articles, eBooks and other electronic resources they have available through online library services.
University of Fort Hare
Head to https://www.ufh.ac.za/library/ where you can find e-books, journal articles and have access to the databases to search for electronic resources.
University of Zululand
The library uses the Open Athens system to authenticate users authorized to access the library’s licensed electronic resources. In order to access most of the UNIZULU Library’s electronic resources – whether on campus or off campus users have to sign-in using Open Athens.
To access the system, use the same credentials for signing in to your UNIZULU Email, WiFi, or Lab Access. On campus students can activate their accounts at the UNIZULU computer labs and off-campus students should send email to firstname.lastname@example.org with request to reset their accounts.
Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University
To access electronic resources such as academic e-journals and e-books, go to https://www.smu.ac.za/library/electronic-resources/.
University of Limpopo
Visit UL’s Library Services Online Page here
To gain access to UL’s online library services:
Click here to access Library Off-Campus Databases
University of Venda
Visit http://www.univen.ac.za/library/ to access Univen’s online library services. By clicking the menu, you can access Library databases, training, examination help as well as PressReader.
Vaal University of Technology
To access Electronic databases, click here.
Here you will be able to find electronic access to journal articles, books, reports, latest research on various fields, and other publications via internet.
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