Circulation Head: Celeste Johns – firstname.lastname@example.org – Tel:031 260 6272
Facilities: Discussion rooms; photocopiers; multimedia training classroom (30 seats); study space; computers; Masters and PhD Research Commons and Disability Unit lan; Wi-Fi; plug points on desks.
The Cecil Renaud library is open 24 / during term time, short vacations and the exam periods. During the December and January vacations opening hours are 8:00 – 16:30 Monday to Friday. The library is closed at weekends and over the Christmas shutdown period.
The Cecil Renaud Library (Main Library) serves the needs of staff and students in the following schools:
- School of Education, Training and Development;
- School of Applied Human Sciences;
- School of Social Sciences;
- School of Arts;
- School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics;
- School of Accounting, Economics and Finance Economics and Finance
- School of Chemistry and Physics;
- School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science;
- School of Management, IT and Governance.
The four storey facility provides space for the substantial book collection (2nd floor with reference collection on the ground floor and on 1st floor) and periodicals collection (1st floor), Theses collection (1st floor) and other items in various formats; and provides access to a growing collection of electronic resources. Various rare and endangered books are kept in the Africana Display Case, Cathedral Collection, Fine Art Display Cases, Nataliana Display Case, Maple Display Case.
- Entrance to/Exit from the Library
- Circulation desk and Academic / Course Reserves
- Inter campus and Inter-library Loans
- Reference collection (R)
- Subject librarians
- Africana, Nataliana, Art display case, maps and atlases
- Audio-visual seminar room
- Study area
- Disability Unit lan
Lower Ground Floor
- Photocopy facilities
- Discussion rooms (bookings done at Circulation Desk and for 2 hours only)
- Study area
- Multimedia training classroom
- Masters and PhD Research Commons (Discussion rooms booked with the Librarians and can be used for 4 hours)
- Abstracts and indexes
- Cathedral collection
- Maple display case
- Study area
- Part of the Reference collection
- Books (for loan)
- Study space
Books are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal Classification system. Subject guides are available near the lift giving location numbers for specific subjects. All books are listed in the iCatalogue. The 2nd floor contains all those books available for loan.
The library acquires an electronic copy of most UKZN Masters and PhD thesesfor uploading onto Research Space, UKZN’s online digital repository. All theses are listed in the catalogue with the URL link and hard copies of some theses are available on the 1st floor.
The hardcopy journals are shelved alphabetically by title on the first floor.
- Electronic resources include databases, access to specific e-journals, Libguides (useful subject links), e-books, Yabelana https://yabelana.ukzn.ac.za/ (platform for citing, sharing, and discovering research data), Open Journals@UKZN https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/ (platform used to manage and publish journals online), PressReader, and free trials to certain databases and e-journals for limited periods. All electronic resources are available via the library’s website: https://library.ukzn.ac.za/Homepage.aspx). 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 on all the mobile gadgets (Cellphone, tablet).
Abstract and indexing journals
Some hardcopy abstract and indexing journals are available. Abstracting and indexing journals are arranged alphabetically by title on the 1st floor.
A collection of audio-visuals (AV) material in various formats (DVD, CDROM, video cassette, slide-tape programmes, slides, audio cassette) is available. Items can be borrowed. 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.
Books in high demand for lectures and assignments are kept in the Academic/Course Reserves collection at the Circulation desk. These items have to be used in the library and may not be borrowed. There is a Course Reserves option on the library’s website that indicates those books available per module.
Off campus access
The Library’s online resources are accessible to registered students and staff from off campus. The link can be found on the Library’s website. You will need to log in using your university log in.
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.