Skip to main content

Political Studies and Policy and Development Studies: Books

Academic Reserves


Books that have been placed in  Academic Reserves are available at the main issue desk. Search on World Cat Local (icatalogue option) or use the subject lists of items kept at each issue desk.

Academic Reserves material cannot be removed from the library during the day - the day is divided into two hour slots to allow as many users as possible to have access. Items can be borrowed overnight or for weekends (from 3 or 4 pm until 9am the following day or Monday). Items may be booked for use in advance. Ask at the issue desk.

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

Pietermaritzburg Academic Reserves

Five copies of Heywood: Politics  along with six copies of Global politics.

Copies of South African Foreign Policy Review, voulmes 1 and 2

Five copies of South African politics: an introduction by De Jager 

Four copies of Comparative government and politics by Hague

Dictionaries and encyclopedias in print: Pmb campus

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 320 - 329's and 350s for policy. 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. See below for guides to the numbering system for politics books.

Dictionaries and encyclopedias

Some specialist politics dictionaries and encyclopedias are available in the libraries including the online International Encyclopedia of Political Science. A useful respected source is Encyclopedia Britannica.


Please click on the Theses and Dissertations tab at the top of this page

E books

Most text books are currently not available electronically but a few are. The iLink catalogue will provide the URL where online access is available. Also try GoogleBooks: many books have at least chapters that are full text.

Library's icatalogue


The Library's iCatalogue is now part of the world's academic libraries called World Cat. Icatalogue tells you what books, journals, articles, etc are available at UKZN (as well as elsewhere in the world) and in which library as well as the current status of a book eg is it in Academic Reserves, out on loan, on order etc.

  Training sessions on how to use World Cat Local are offered at the beginning of each semester.

New books in print @ Pmb main library

Numbering system for books @ UKZN library

Core numbers:

320 Political Science (Politics and Government)

320.3 Comparative Government                         

320.4 Structure and Functions of Government      

320.5 Political Ideologies                                 

320.6 Policy Making                                         

321 Systems of Governments and States 

321.8 Democracy           

322 Relation of the State to Organized Groups      

323 Civil and Political Rights                              

324 The Political Process

325 International Migration and Colonization

326 Slavery and Emancipation

327 International Relations

328 Legislative Process

335 Socialism & Related Systems 

342 Constitutional and Administrative Law

352 General Public Administration

353 Specific Fields of Public Administration

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 at UKZN and 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.

There is an ILL office in each library. Forms are available for filling in or email the relevant ILL office.

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

All information © 2018 University of KwaZulu-Natal. All rights reserved.