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Political Studies and Policy and Development Studies: Books

UKZN Libraries and interlibrary loans

LIBRARY VACATION HOURS until 12 February 2024

Monday to Friday 8 am to 4.30 pm. No Weekends

The libraries on each campus are open 24/7 during term time

  • Books may be borrowed, and Academic Reserves books are available for use.
  • Books may be borrowed from other campuses at UKZN. You need to do a request via My library account or use the generic emails: Pmb:; HC: if you do not visit the library physically.

There is a new online inter-campus and inter-library loan facility whereby users can request a book from their home campus or another campus online but users must create a My Library Account.

A short video is available on this process of setting up a My Library Account. 

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 click on the Course Reserves tab under 'Resources' on the black toolbar. It is the first option on the drop down menu.

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. Ask at the Circulation desk.


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

Pietermaritzburg Academic Reserves

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

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

Copies of South African politics: an introduction by De Jager 

Copies of Comparative government and politics by Hague

Books available at other UKZN libraries

Books that are not available at Pmb but are in another UKZN library may be borrowed provided the item is not on Academic Reserves in another library. 

You now request books and articles online via the catalogue. Find the item, click on its title and on the right hand side you will see a red REQUEST tab. Click on that. You will then be asked to login to your library account. Complete details eg where you want to pick the book up from and click submit. You will be informed when the book is ready for collection. Articles will be scanned and emailed to you.

Setting up my library account

Dictionaries and encyclopedias in print: Pmb campus

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.

Print books and online books: an introduction

Prescribed and recommended books: Academic / Course 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. Academic reserves material is kept at the Circulation Desk.

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


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

During 2020 a major effort was made to try and get at least prescribed books in electronic format where available for institutional access. 


There are print copies of both these books in the Academic Reserves section of each 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.

You can ask the Circulation desk staff to help you or a subject librarian; you can send your request to: or, under the tab 'Library accounts' on the far right of the library webpage, click on Inter library loans. You need to set up an account.

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

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