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. 


Read our article on how to access unisa’s library online here.

Students are advised to access the library online via myUnisa, the website and the library app. 

The Unisa Library App can be found on Google Play here or on iStore here.

North West University

You can access NWU’s Library by going to 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

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

Cape Peninsula University of Cape Town

During the lockdown all physical libraries are closed. You can still have access to electronic resources by visiting

Contact CPUT’s Library via email at, alternatively click on "Ask Us" to receive online assistance and support.

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.








You may also email the library on 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 .

University of the Witwatersrand

By going to, you can gain access to electronic resources such as Journals, past exam papers and Ebooks as well as contact librarians.

Rhodes University

To find articles, journals, books and media, go to

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


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

During this period, library staff will be offering limited services to users. All library queries can be sent to as well as Contact a Librarian via the LIBCHAT​​​​.

Central University of Technology

Head to to find exam papers, audio-visual materials, newspapers and magazines and other resources.

Mangosuthu University of Technology

In order to access library materials, including databases, e-books and e-journals, please click on ‘Login to Open Athens’ on their Libary Page here.

Sol Plaatje University

To access SPU’s library services, go to

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 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 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 with request to reset their accounts.

Click here to access the Library.

Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University

To access electronic resources such as academic e-journals and e-books, go to

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 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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