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Welcome to the Pietermaritzburg campus libraies

Physical closure of UKZN libraries

The physical library was closed to users from the 18th December 2020 and will reopen in January 2021 as a health precaution.  

We will continue working remotely and business communication will continue as per lockdown regulations. Librarians remain available to provide virtual support for teaching, learning and research.


In 2020 the libraries opened on weekdays (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) from 9am - 3pm for students and staff who were permitted to return to campus (those who have permits).

No browsing of the collections will be allowed (nobody is allowed to go to the bookshelves), however, a book retrieval service will be offered. Users may submit requests for circulating material. Books may be returned to the Issue Desks or Book drop boxes. Users who do not have permission to access campuses are requested to keep the items until campuses re-open. all items on loan will be renewed and library fines for overdue material will be waived.

Contact us on:

PMB 0332605258; HC 0312602323; West 0312607390; Med 0312604261; Edge 0312603467


If you are using our library resources from outside the university please click on Off Campus Access to be able to access those resources that are available beyond campus. Go to Resources, then Off Campus Access. You will then need to login with your UKZN login and password.

Please ensure you install Global Protect to be able to search resources and benefit from the UKZN zero rated links - see instructions below.

Training schedule

  • General basic training in a  range of library products will take place from mid February 2020 for several weeks. The training will include the library catalogue; Google Scholar; Ebscohost; Sabinet and more.
  • Training takes place in the training lan on the lower ground floor of the main library.
  • Booking sheets are placed on the notice board in the entrance to the main library.
  • The library training programme is advertised in the library, on the University's email notice system; the UKZN Facebook page and via lecturers


Venue: Multimedia Classroom (Training room), Cecil Renaud Library (Main Library), Lower ground floor (next to the photocopy machines).


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