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Built Environment and Development Studies: Books

Print books

Printed books may be borrowed for particular time periods depending on your year of study. They are arranged on the shelves according to subject matter, using the Dewey Decimal Classification numbering system. The online iCatalogue will help you find the books required.

Development Studies material can be found in the main libraries of all campuses.

Property Development material is housed in the Barrie Biermann Architecture Library

Some new books in print

New books in electronic form

Academic Reserves



Academic Reserves contains those prescribed and recommended books, articles and additional readings that lecturers would like all students to have access to. 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 may be borrowed overnight (22h00 - 09h00 the next morning), or for the weekend (Saturday 11h00 - 09h00 Monday) from the Barriemann Architecture Library. Academic Reserves material may only be borrowed on weekends from the main libraries;  Saturday 15h00 - 09h00 Monday. Items may be booked for use in advance. Ask at the issue desk.

If a book is not available on Academic Reserves, use the iCatalogue to find similar books in the rest of the library or ask a library staff member for help.

Please produce your student card to borrow items.

Key reference works for Built Environment and Development Studies


Reference books

Reference books are dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks and so on. Such books cannot be borrowed and may only be used in the library.  These books are also arranged on the shelves in number order and they are identified by the letter 'R' preceding the Dewey number on the spine.


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Inter Library Loans

If a book or journal article you need is not available at UKZN, you can apply to borrow a book or get a scanned copy of an article via the Inter Library Loans department in each library. The length of time it takes to receive the item depends on its availability at the lending library.

You may check SACAT, an index on Sabinet, to see which library in South Africa may have a copy to lend you.

There is also an interlending service between the campus libraries.

Unfortunately, international interlibrary loans are no longer undertaken.

Before submitting a request, please check the iCatalogue, databases or the e journals list. Forms are available at any ILL counter.

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