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South African Library Week 2024

The UKZN PMB Main Library hosted South African Library Week with lively festivities from 18-24 March. The theme of the week was ‘Libraries foster social cohesion’. There were song competitions throughout each day with many prizes being handed out......


Living in my bubble - in the bubble, from the bubble, out the bubble.

Most of us operate from our own perspective, thinking, interacting, communicating, offering services from our own context, from our life experiences and backgrounds. All that we are exposed to makes us who we are today...


A conducive Library space can foster students to learn and improve their social interaction while simultaneously promoting academic success.

Librarians have been outspoken in their advocacy for libraries to establish areas for social engagements while preserving a calm study atmosphere....


UKZN Libraries: Bridging the Digital Divide

COVID-19 brought more of our lives online and increased the way we connect through technology. For many at UKZN, this offered new benefits such as the ability to work or study from home and more flexibly in learning and working. with the mode of study/work moving to the online platform. However, for many this reality reinforced the digital divide......


Exams are over, what are you going to do?

Looking for pleasurable reading, nothing lengthy? UKZN libraries have lots of reading material for your leisure reading, something to pass the time on your study break, that is leisure reading, as opposed to reading for assignments or exams....


Who is Magema Fuze?

Professor Mokoena is an associate professor at the University of Witwatersrand, and her lecture was on the life and times of Magema Fuze. You may be wondering who Magema Fuze was. Fuze (c. 1840–1922) was the author of the first ever book written in Zulu by a Zulu author. The book in question is Abantu Abamnyama Lapa Bavela Ngakona......


Inspiring creativity in the library

Libraries are usually viewed as buildings where books and journals are housed; where noise is taboo and speaking is done in low tones … a rather boring place. But did you know that libraries are places of learning where creativity can be encouraged and nurtured?


The preservation of indigenous trees at UKZN Killie Campbell Collections

The ‘Campbell Collections’ is not just a library for study it is also a collection of species of African indigenous trees. Most of these trees were planted by Dr Killie Campbell and her family in the Campbell family garden. Dr Campbell had conducted her own research among the local people to collect more information about the use of trees by them....

Yabelana Survey

Yabelana Survey

The Library is undertaking a survey on your use and experience of Yabelana, a Figshare Data Repository at UKZN. This will help us identify areas of improvement in order to enhance our services in support of research, teaching and learning and value your feedback. The survey has 7 questions and should take you about 5 minutes to complete. Your participation is completely voluntary and you are free to withdraw at any time; All information will be treated in a confidential manner; Therefore, your response remains confidential.

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Jan-April 2020 : No3

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The University Of KwaZulu-Natal Library Newsletter

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Library Opening hours from 18 March 2024.

All Libraries are closed on Easter weekend –  Libraries will close at 23h00 on Thursday 28 March 2024 and reopen on Tuesday 2 April 2024 at 08h00. 

EdgewoodEdminson Library24 hours24 hours24 hours
Howard CollegeBarrie Biermann Architecture Library08h00 – 16h30ClosedClosed
EG Malherbe (Main) Library24 hours24 hours24 hours
Eleanor Bonnar Music Library08h00 – 16h30ClosedClosed
GMJ Sweeny Law Library24 hours24 hours24 hours
Medical SchoolNelson R Mandela Library24 hours24 hours24 hours
PietermaritzburgCecil Renaud (Main) Library24 hours24 hours24 hours
Law Library08h00 – 23h0008h00 – 17h0008h00 – 17h00
Life Sciences Library08h00 – 23h0008h00 – 17h0008h00 – 17h00
WestvilleWestville (Main) Library24 hours24 hours24 hours

Special Collections

PietermaritzburgAlan Paton Centre & Struggle Archives08h00 -16h30ClosedClosed
Centre for African Literary Studies08h00 -16h30ClosedClosed
WestvilleGandhi-Luthuli Documentation Centre08h00 -16h30ClosedClosed
Campbell Collections08h00 -16h30ClosedClosed

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Library Services during Lockdown

All UKZN libraries will open 24 hours a day and seven days a week for students and staff who are permitted to return to campus. However, Barrie Biermann Architecture Library will open weekdays from 08h00 until 23h00 and on weekends from 08h30 until 17h00 and the Eleanor Bonnar Music Library will remain closed

All libraries will close between 12h00 –13h00 for sanitization in line with COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

We continue to work remotely and business communication will continue as per lockdown regulations. Librarians remain available to provide virtual support for teaching, learning and research.

The Main libraries on all campuses will open weekdays from 08h00 until 16h30 for students and staff who are permitted to return to campus. However, the Branch Libraries at the Howard College campus – Barrie Biermann Architecture Library will open only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 13h00 till 15h30 and the Eleanor Bonnar Music library will open only on Thursday from 13h00 till 16h00.  

All libraries will be closed on weekends.   

All libraries will close between 12h00 –13h00 for sanitization in line with COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

We continue to work remotely and business communication will continue as per lockdown regulations. Librarians remain available to provide virtual support for teaching, learning and research.

About the Website

We have revamped and expanded the website. The technology behind the new website is up-to-date, resulting in a website that is cleaner, has a less cluttered design, with simpler navigation and easy to use. It presents a unified view of the library resources and is an important element of our digital infrastructure. The main menu is the gateway to the website.

Our new website represents many months of user research, planning and building, resulting in a website that attempts to be intuitive, accessible and simple to navigate.
We are excited about the enhanced user experience it will offer and invite you to submit comments.

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