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Opening of University Libraries during Lockdown Level 2

The Main libraries on all campuses and the Howard College Law Library will open weekdays from 08h00 until 22h00 and on Saturdays and Sundays from 08h30 until 22h00 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 Thursday from 13h00 till 16h00 and will be closed on weekends. The  Eleanor Bonnar Music library still remains closed on weekdays and Saturdays.

The Branch Libraries in Pietermaritzburg (Law and Life Sciences) will open on weekdays from 08h00 until 16h30 and will be closed on weekends until further notice.  

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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Join our next training:
Efficient Searches on Wiley Online Library
Thursday 24 June, 2pm

Presenter: Ale Barciela, Customer Success Training Manager, Wiley

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Know your library jargon

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What I have learnt from the online library training sessions

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Diversity in the workplace

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Life in the time of COVID-19

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Jan-April 2020 : No3

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