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Navigation Cecil Renaud Library 

Campus Librarian: Praversh Sukram (


Address: Milner Road (off King Edward Ave), Scotsville 3201; or  Private Bag X014, Scottsville, 3209


Contact Information: Telephone: +27-33-260 5258 +27-33-260 5258 Fax: +27-33-260 5260 


Facilities: Discussion room; Photocopiers; Multimedia Classroom (30 seats); Multimedia viewing computers; study space; audio-visual viewing room; computers.


Location: Above the main parking area and below Chemistry Building.

Library Hours


The Cecil Renaud Library or Main Library serves the needs of staff and students in the School of Education, Training and Development; Management Sciences; School of Chemical and Physical Sciences; School of Mathematics, Statistics, and Information Technology; the School of Environment and Development; Faculty of Humanities disciplines.


The four storey facility provides space for the substantial book collection and periodicals collection and other items in various formats; and provides access to a growing collection of electronic resources. Various rare and endangered books are found in the Africana Display Case, Cathedral Collection, Fine Art Display Cases, Nataliana Display Case, Maple Display Case and Permanent Academic Reserves.


It was named Cecil Renaud Library in 1990 after the individual who donated funds for the addition of the second floor to the Library building.


Library Layout


Ground Floor

  • Entrance to/ Exit from the Library
  • Issue Desk / Academic Reserves
  • Inter-library Loans
  • Reference Collection (R); Theses
  • Subject Librarians
  • African, Nataliana, Art Display Case, Maps and atlases

  • Audio-visual seminar room

Lower Ground Floor

  • Photocopy Facilities
  • Video Viewing Facilities
  • Discussion Room
  • Study Area
  • Multimedia classroom
  • Research Commons 

First Floor

  • Journals
  • Abstracts and Indexes
  • Newspaper
  • Cathedral Collection
  • Maple Display Case
  • Study area

Second Floor

  • Books (for loan)
  • Study space


Book collection

Books are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal Classification system. Subject guides are available giving location numbers for specific subjects. All books are listed in the iLink catalogue. The top floor contains all those books available for loan.


Reference collection

The reference collection comprises general and subject-specific works, intended for consultation within the library. The collection includes subject-specific dictionaries, encyclopaedias, and handbooks, as well as English and other language dictionaries. These works are not available for loan.



The library acquires two copies of most theses: a non-loanable bound print copy and an electronic copy on CD. Theses are uploaded onto ResearchSpace, UKZN’s online digital repository. All theses are listed in the catalogue with the URL link.


Hardcopy journals

Hardcopy journals are shelved alphabetically by title on the first floor.


Electronic resources

Electronic resources may be consulted from dedicated "database computers" within the library. These resources may also be accessed from elsewhere on campus as well as off campus in many instances. Electronic resources include databases, access to specific e-journals, useful subject links, e-books, e-newspapers, and free trials to certain databases and e-journals for limited periods.


Abstract and indexing journals

Some hardcopy abstract and indexing journals are available Abstracting and indexing journals are arranged alphabetically by title.


Audio-visual material

A collection of audio-visual (AV) material in various formats (DVD, CDROM, video cassette, slide-tape programmes, slides, audio cassette) is available. Items can be loaned or may be viewed/listened to in the library. All AV material may be accessed using the catalogue. Where AV material accompanies a book, a note indicates this within the book, and the item is available at the issue desk.


Academic Reserves

Materials in high demand are kept in the Academic Reserves collection at the Issue desk. These items have to be used in the library during the day and may only be borrowed overnight or for weekends.


Subject librarians

Subject librarians are available to assist users with information related queries and user education. Please consult the ‘Contact us’: Subject librarians tab of the Library home page.



For subject specific resources and information, click on Libguides and select the appropriate guide.


January 2015