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Geography: Books

Electronic Resources

Library's online catalogue: WorldCat

WorldCat is the new face of UKZN Libraries as it offers a one stop shop enabling users to locate both print and electronic resources in one place.



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Detailed guide to the numbering system for arrangement of 'geography' books in the library

Academic Reserves

The Library's iCatalogue indicates what books have been placed in Academic Reserves.

Academic Reserves material cannot be removed from the library during the day. Items can be borrowed over weekends from 3pm on a Friday until 9am the following Monday).

You must produce your student card to be able to borrow items.

Academic Reserves at the Westville Campus Main Library has moved from Level 3 to Level 4.

Print books and online books: an introduction

Prescribed and recommended books: Academic Reserves

Copies of prescribed and recommended books are often kept in the Academic Reserves sections of the libraries. Academic Reserves materials may not be taken out of the library during the day but may be borrowed overnight or for weekends. An advance booking system is available, please consult the AR staff.

General book stock 

The general book stock is arranged on the open shelves in number order, most within the number ranges 300's and 910-919 for human geography. The 550 - 559 range covers physical geography and climatology. Undergraduates may borrow 6 items for a two week period. Books may be renewed if not requested by another borrower. The iCatalogue on the Library's website may be used to track the location and availability of an item. 

Dictionaries and encyclopedias

Some specialist geography dictionaries and encyclopedias are available in the libraries.


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E books

Most text books are currently not available electronically but a few are. The iCatalogue will provide the URL where online access is available. Below are links to a couple of basic geography texts.

What if a book is not available at UKZN?


UKZN Library offers an Interlibrary loan (ILL) facility through which books can be borrowed from other libraries in the country if available. Most times there is no charge for borrowing a book. Copies of journal articles may also be requested and if it cannot be scanned and emailed there is a fee for this. This service is for 3rd year and post graduate students and staff members.

There is an ILL office in each library. Forms are available for filling in or email the relevant ILL office. There will be a migration from the Sabinet ReQuest programme to WMS Interlibrary early in 2018. This means that all requests will close by the end of December 2017. There will also be a distinction between interlibrary loan and inter-campus laons. Interlibrary loans will refer to requests that we receive from external libraries and will be supplioed by a team on each campus site. Inter-campus loans refers to laons between UKZN libraries. These items will now be issued out to the students and staff card.

Geography book shelf: new books

Teaching geography books

Many of the books prescribed or recommended for those studying to be teachers of geography are kept in the Academic Reserves sections of the various libraries, particularly Edgewood and Pietermaritzburg. Search the iCatalogue either by the author or title of the book or undertake a subject search : geography study and teaching.

Generally the number for such books is 910.7.

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