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Navigation EG Malherbe Library 

Campus Librarian: Joyce Myeza (


Address: Howard College Campus, King George V Ave, Durban 4041


Contact Information: Telephone: +27-31-260 2007 Fax: +27-31-260 2051    


Facilities: Braille room; Conference room; Group study rooms; Photocopiers; Postgraduate study carrells; Training LAN (20 seats); The Writing Place; Computer facility for partially-sighted students; a Research Commons for postgraduate research students and researchers (18 seats); Wi-fi hotspot!


Location: Near the Student's Union and Business Concourse. Campus map

Library hours


The EG Malherbe Library or Main Library serves the needs of staff and students in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Development Disciplines and Engineering.


The collection consists of more than 475 000 volumes of books, journals and other items in various formats, and a growing collection of electronic resources. Various special collections include collections of medieval manuscripts, South African government publications, early scientific and engineering books, an African studies collection focusing on local content, an important audio-visual collection supporting the teaching programmes, and a small collection of South African art works some of which were commissioned for the building, including ceramics, tapestries, pottery, paintings, woven materials and sculptures.


It was named the EG Malherbe Library in 1988 after the University's former principal, who guided the University College to full University status in 1949. There are also three branch libraries on the Howard College Campus which house resources for Architecture, Law and Music.


Library Layout


Ground Floor
Entrance to/ Exit from the Library
Issue Desk
Inter-library Loans
InfoFind@UKZN Office
Information Officer, Reference Collection
Leisure Reading Collection
Accounts (Inquire and Clear library fines)
Reference Collection (R)
Research Commons

Lower Ground Floor
Conference Room
Photocopy Room
Special Collections
Information Officer, Special Collections

First Floor
Books from 001 to 299
Photocopy Machines
Reserved Book Room

Second Floor
Books from 300 to 849
Subject Librarian's Office

Third Floor
Books from 850 to 999
Journals from J 001 to J 299
Reference Bibliographies and Abstracts
Theses and Dissertations (Masters and PhD)
Subject Librarian's Office

Fourth Floor
Journals from J 300 to J 999
Standards Collection
Subject Librarian's Office


January 2015