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Navigation Borrowing Privileges 
 
 

To benefit from all the services, facilities and resources offered by the UKZN Libraries, you need to be a registered user.

UKZN Students are automatically registered as a member of the Libraries. Your student card serves as your Library Card.Registration with the library is activated early in the morning, the day after being registered by the faculty office. Your card is not transferable and you are responsible for materials issued on it.

Permanent Staff are issued with a staff card which serves as the Library Card. Registration with the Library is activated early in the morning, the day after the staff record has been captured by Human Resources

 

Contract Staff appointments are mostly automatically registered with the Library in the same way as permanent staff, except for a few categories of Appointment Types. Should you not be automatically registered you will need to complete a registration form at the Circulation Desk of any Library. 

Please note that each user may only have one active library record. In other words, you may not use your staff and student record if you are studying. The record which gives you the least access will be barred, except for student assistants who must use their student card.

 

Affiliates are staff of institutions associated with UKZN but not paid by the University. They may be registered with the Library once appropriate surety forms are completed. Contact any circulation desk for further information or to be sent the surety form.

 

Academic Visitors on Campus who are associated with a School for lecturing or research may be registered with the Library once the appropriate surety form is signed by the Head of School. Contact any circulation desk for further information or to be sent the surety form.

 

Emeritus Professors will be registered as permanent staff once their letter of appointment has been received and registration form completed. 


Honorary Appointments made by the university will need a surety form signed by the Head of their School. The surety form will be forwarded by the Circulation Administrator, on receipt of the letter of appointment

 

Non UKZN patrons may pay a fee to join the Library. Ask the Circulation Desk for the latest fees.

 

Subscribers from other SA Higher Education Institutions 
Masters and Doctoral Students, lecturers and researchers from other South African higher education institutions can register with the library, provided that they have a letter of introduction from the University Library where they are registered. This does not apply to Unisa students, as their institution does not provide surety for their users. Therefore, Unisa students have to become subscribers if they want to borrow items. A fee is payable for a Library card.
Note: a Library Card does not include access to licensed databases which are restricted to the UKZN staff and students.

 

Subscribers
The Library offers subscriber membership to members of the public (visitors), honorary subscribers, retired staff and alumni for an annual membership fee. The subscription covers the use of all UKZN Libraries.  An Honorary Subscriber includes an Honorary Staff member, affiliated to a particular Department in which s/he lectures; and Retired Staff. Alumni of the university pay a fee to join the library which includes the cost of the Library Membership Card.

Alumni
Alumni of University of Durban Westville, University of Natal and University of KwaZulu-Natal pay half subscription on production of an Alumni Card. This card must be obtained through Alumni Affairs at Westville Campus.Two identity photos will be required by the Alumni office.
Contact information - Phone: 031 - 2602958

Email address: alumni@ukzn.ac.za

To register online:  http://alumniaffairs.ukzn.ac.za

 

To Register as a Subscriber:
Library staff will provide you with a library subscriber number. Take this number to the Risk Management Services during office hours: 08h00 -16h00 Monday to Friday. Here, you will be issued with your UKZN Library Visitor Card. This is a multipurpose card which you can use to access the Libraries, take out books, and make photocopies.Your card is not transferable and you are responsible for books issued on it. If you lose your Visitor card, please report the loss to the library immediately.

 

Borrowing Items from the Library
To borrow books, journals and other items, the patron must present the item and the Library
Card at the Issue Desk. Borrowing privileges vary in the different libraries with regard to unbound and current journals and materials from the Special Collections. The library reserves the right to shorten the normal loan period and to recall material before the due date if the material is reserved or urgently required by another borrower. The due date is stamped on the date due sheet of all items borrowed. Non UKZN patrons may not be allowed to borrow some types of library materials.

 

Borrowing Quotas and Loan Periods

 

User Status

Books

Journals


No of Items

Days

No of Items

Days

Permanent Staff

30

90

5

3

Staff >1 year appointment

30

90

5

3

Staff <1 year appointment

15

42

5

3

Student Undergraduate

6

14

5

3

Student Honours

15

21

5

3

Student Masters/PhD

20

42

5

3

Visitors

6

14

5

3

Subscribers          6        14         5          3

Academic Visitors

15

21

5

 3

 

Renewals
Books may be renewed three (3) times including the initial due date. But there are no renewals for videos, CDs, DVDs, Theses and Journals. Books reserved (placed on hold) by another user may not be renewed. The Library reserves the right to shorten the normal loan period and to recall library material before due date if the material is reserved or urgently required by other users. You can renew items either personally at the Issue Desk, telephonically or electronically via iCatalogue, the online catalogue (self-help guide). To do this,  you need to click on My Account and then select the option to renew items.If you do not have internet access you may renew them at the Issue Desk or telephonically

 

Returning Items
Items are due back in the Library by closing time on the date due. All items returned after closing time may be put into the book drop at the entrance to the Library. You must return your items to the Issue Desk.

Overdues and Fines
Daily fines are charged for all overdue items. Fines may vary according to the category of material.
A fine per day is levied for all library books, audio-tapes, CDs and journals that are returned late. A fine per day will be levied for all Multimedia items.
The fine for Academic Reserve material is R5.00 per hour, increasing to R10.00 per hour thereafter.  Should a borrower incur a fine of R99.50 or more, (s)he will automatically be blocked from borrowing further material until the fine is paid.

 

Items are due back in the Library by closing time on the date due. All items returned after closing time may be put into the book drop at the entrance to the Library. You must return your items to the Issue Desk. 

 

Patrons are barred from borrowing new material if any items are more than 90 days overdue and / or fines are outstanding. Please report lost or damaged items to the issue desk or cashiers office in the library from where the item was borrowed. Any borrower who fails to return items to UKZN Libraries or to any library with which UKZN has a co-operative borrowing or access agreement, or who fails to pay fines or costs owing, may have borrowing privileges withdrawn or suspended.

Students' university record will have holds placed to prevent exam results being released, academic records printed or registration for the next semester till all items are returned and bills settled. You are able to check whether you owe money for fines online at the iCatalogue. First log-in on iCatalogue using your user ID and PIN, then go click on My Account. From here you will be able to review your account, renew your material, change your Pin or forward change of address details.

If you have FORGOTTEN YOUR PIN please contact any circulation desk and it will be removed. You will then be able to set a new Pin. 

 

Replacement Charges
Any user losing or irreparably damaging a book or other item borrowed through or belonging to the University Libraries shall be liable for the replacement cost of the item.There is a processing charge per item returned after a bill has been generated.

 

Lost / Damaged Items
Items that have been borrowed and lost or damaged should be reported to the Issue Desk of the Library from which they were borrowed. Any user damaging an item which is repairable shall be liable for the cost of the repair. Borrowers will be invoiced for this cost.

Replacement cost will be the current price of the item from our usual suppliers. User may purchase the book themselves but it must not be an earlier edition. If there is any accompanying material provided with the replacement book this must be submitted with the replacement book to the library. A second hand copy in good condition may be provided with the approval of the relevant subject librarian. If the item is out of print then the average price of a book for that discipline will be charged, or the cost for a suitable replacement title as chosen by the relevant subject librarian. If an item is damaged the user may have the damaged item once it has been paid for or a replacement item is brought to the library.

Academic Reserves
See relevant information for the Academic Reserves

Responsibilities of Library Users
All UKZN Library Users agree to abide by the Libraries rules and regulations. Any transgression or failure to comply with the provisions of the Library Rules could result in the revoking of all library privileges or other penalties at the discretion of the Campus Librarian or Director of Libraries.

        Borrowers cards are NOT TRANSFERABLE
    DO NOT check out items for any other person
    You are responsible for all items borrowed in your name
    All mailing addresses must be current so that notices can be sent to your correct address
    It is your responsibility to keep track of items checked out to you
    Users may be charged for items that are defaced, mutilated or stolen
    Lost Library Cards must be reported to the Circulation Desk. You are responsible for all items checked out to you

 

UKZN inter-campus loans

Borrowing items from a different campus library from where you are based is handled by Inter Library Loans. Please contact the ILL section at your campus to complete a request form. The item will be dispatched to your library where you may collect it and the item must be returned back to your library.


February 2015