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The library has a growing collection of electronic books. Most text books are currently not available electronically but a few are. The iCatalogue will provide the URL where online access is available.
Some examples of links to collections of electronic books are listed below:

Reference Books

Reference Books are useful for providing background information, definitions and quick facts. Examples are encyclopaedias and dictionaries.

Most of UKZN reference books are identified by the letter 'R' preceding the Dewey number on the spine. They are not loanable and may only be used in the library.

            Some examples:


Print and electronic books

Books are a good place to start when searching for information. They often provide a good overview of a subject e.g. textbooks teach the basics of a subject, leaving students to supplement this by wider reading.
UKZN Libraries have an extensive collection of print and electronic books. You may borrow print items from the library using your student / staff card and access electronic books via the Library webpage under 'Electronic Resources'.  Print books are arranged on the shelves in number order.

What are E-books?                               

It is important to use the iCatalogue, as your books could be shelved at a range of numbers in the library.

Philosophy collection: where are they in the library?










UKZN library books are given shelf numbers according to the Dewey Decimal System - these shelf numbers keep related books together on the shelf by subject. You can follow the numbers to find a family of related books all together on the shelf.
The following is a guide to Philosophy dewey numbers:
(Please refer to the Icatalogue for more specific searching).  
·       100  Philosophy
·       101 Theory of philosophy
·       103 Dictionaries and encyclopedias of philosophy
·       107 Education, research, and related topics of philosophy
·       109 Historical treatment of philosophy
·       110  Metaphysics
·       111 Ontology
·       113 Cosmology
·       115 Time
·       116  Change
·       117  Structure
·       118  Force and energy
·       119  Number and quantity
·       120 Epistemology, causation, humankind
·       121  Epistemology (theory of knowledge)
·       122  Causation
·       123 Determinism and indeterminism
·       126  The self
·       128  Humankind
·       140  Philosophical schools of thought
·       141  Idealism and related systems and doctrines
·       142  Critical philosophy
·       144  Humanism and related systems and doctrines
·       145  Sensationalism
·       160  Logic
·       161  Induction
·       168  Argument and persuasion
·       170  Ethics
·       171  Ethical systems
·       172  Political ethics
·       174  Occupational ethics
·       180  Ancient, medieval, and Eastern philosophy
·       181  Eastern philosophy
·       182  Pre-Socratic Greek philosophies
·       183  Socratic  and related philosophies
·       184  Platonic philosophy
·       185  Aristotelian philosophy
·       188  Stoic philosophy
·       189  Medieval Western philosophy
·       190  Modern Western philosophy (19th century, 20th century)
·       191  Modern Western philosophy of the United States and Canada
·       192  Modern Western philosophy of the British Isles
·       193  Modern Western philosophy of Germany and Austria
·       194  Modern Western philosophy of France
·       195  Modern Western philosophy of Italy
·       199  Modern Western philosophy in other geographic areas.

Academic Reserves

Prescribed and recommended books in high demand are placed on Academic Reserves. A two hour loan period is available in order to provide access to as many people as possible. Material may not be removed from the library but may be borrowed overnight or for weekends from 3pm on Fridays and must be returned on Monday by 9 am.

Be warned! Late material is subject to heavy fines!

What if a book is not available in the library?

UKZN Library offers an Inter-Library 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.

Forms are available for filling in or email the relevant ILL office.

On the national system SABINET, the collection SACat indicates what books are in which library in the country.

For more information please consult the following ILL guides:

New Books

Recommend new books to be ordered by sending the titles to me by e-mail.

Click the link below to view the fortnightly list of new books.

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