Pietermaritzburg Libraries

Circulation Head: Celeste Johns  – johns@ukzn.ac.za  – 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.

Library hours

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.

Library Layout

Ground Floor

  • 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
  • Computers
  • 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)

First Floor

  • Journals
  • Abstracts and indexes
  • Cathedral collection
  • Maple display case
  • Study area
  • Part of the Reference collection
  • Theses

Second Floor

  • Books (for loan)
  • Study space

Book collection

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.

Hardcopy journals

The hardcopy journals are shelved alphabetically by title on the first floor.

Electronic resources

  • 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.

Audio-visual material

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.

Academic/Course Reserves

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

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.

Address: Carbis Road, Private Bag X014, Scottville, 3201

Contact Information: ph:+27-33-2605163 (Circulation Desk)

Location: John Bews Building, Block B, 3rd floor, Pietermaritzburg Campus. 

Facilities and Services:

  • Extensive print and online books and journals
  • Academic/course reserves for high demand lecture related material
  • Databases (subject specific and general)
  • Yabelana https://yabelana.ukzn.ac.za/ (an online platform for citing, sharing, and discovering research data)
  • Open Journals@UKZN https://journals.ukzn.ac.za/ (a platform used to manage and publish journals online)
  • ResearchSpace http://researchspace.ukzn.ac.za/ (digital archives of UKZN theses and research papers)
  • Computers for searching Library resources
  • Photocopiers/scanners/printers
  • Free Wi-fi
  • Library website (https://library.ukzn.ac.za/)
  • Study areas with plug points for laptops and cell phones
  • Off campus access
  • Inter campus and interlibrary loans (borrowing books from other campus libraries and other SA libraries)
  • Subject librarians to assist you:
  • Shorba Harkhu: harkhus@ukzn.ac.za; ph: +27-33-2605162
  • Simon Shezi: shezim@ukzn.ac.za; ph: +27-33-2606068


Library Hours: The Life Sciences Library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during term time and the short vacations and some public holidays.

Whom do we serve?

The Life Sciences Library serves the staff and students of the following three schools within the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, and their specific disciplines.

  • School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Management, Agrometeorology, Animal and Poultry Science, Crop Science, Dietetics & Human Nutrition, Environmental Hydrology, Food Security, Geography, Horticultural Science, Plant Breeding, Plant Pathology, Soil Science)
  • School of Life Sciences (Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Botany , Ecology, Entomology, Genetics, Grassland and Rangeland Science, Research Centre for Plant Growth & Development, Zoology)
  • School of Engineering (Agricultural Engineering)  

For subject specific resources and information, click on the LibG uides page http://libguides.ukzn.ac.za/index.php?b=g&d=a and select the appropriate guide.

Address: Golf Road, Private Bag X014, Scottville, 3209

Contact Information: Telephone: +27-33-2605384 Fax: +27-33-2605384 

Facilities: Photocopiers, Computers, Study space, Academic/Course Reserves, Wi-Fi

Location: Law Building, Pietermaritzburg Campus. 

Library Hours

The law library is open 24/7 during term time, short vacations and exam periods. During the July and Christmas vacations hours of opening are 8.00 to 16.30 Monday to Friday only.


The Law Library comprises a selection of books on local and foreign law, law reports, statutes, and journals in both print and electronic formats and serves the needs of the staff and students of the School of Law. Books are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal Classification system and law reports and journals are arranged alphabetically by title.

The collection reflects the courses taught and research interests of the School of Law. The Library has a small collection of reference material (dictionaries and encyclopedias) and indexes.

The print South African government publications collection is split between the Law Library and the Cecil Renaud Library. The Law Library houses some debates of Parliament. Provincial statutes are also available. Most South African resources and many foreign resources are now available electronically via Sabinet Legal, Juta, LexisNexis, Hein Online and Westlaw. Many of these can be accessed from off campus provided the user can authenticate themselves with their UKZN Lan login details.

Materials in high demand are available in the Academic/Course Reserves collection which is housed at the Circulation desk.

There is a small collection of DVDs related to the teaching programme.

An Inter library loan facility is available for books and articles not available at UKZN sourced from South African Universities. Books from other UKZN campuses can be borrowed through the inter-campus loan system – ask at the Circulation desk.