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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 29 June until 21 July 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 Library08h00 – 16h3008h00 – 16h30Closed
Howard CollegeBarrie Biermann Architecture Library08h00 – 16h30ClosedClosed
EG Malherbe (Main) Library08h00 – 16h3008h00 – 16h30Closed
Eleanor Bonnar Music Library08h00 – 16h30ClosedClosed
GMJ Sweeny Law Library08h00 – 16h3008h00 – 16h30Closed
Medical SchoolNelson R Mandela Library08h00 – 16h3008h00 – 16h30Closed
PietermaritzburgCecil Renaud (Main) Library08h00 – 16h3008h00 – 16h30Closed
Law Library08h00 – 16h30ClosedClosed
Life Sciences Library08h00 – 16h30ClosedClosed
WestvilleWestville (Main) Library08h00 – 16h3008h00 – 16h30Closed

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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