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Welcome to the Pietermaritzburg campus libraies

Physical closure of UKZN libraries

The physical library was closed to users from 16th March 2020 as a health precaution.  

The Main library on each campus will be re-opening on Monday, 5th October 2020 on weekdays (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) from 9am - 3pm for students and staff who are permitted to return campus.

No browsing of the collections will be allowed, 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).


Training evaluation

College of Humanities - Library training -- 5 Oct - 16 Oct 2020

Please attend the online training offered by the librarians from the College of Humanities.

Please register for the sessions, the registration link is found in the  Training Programme document.

Date: Monday 5 October -  Friday 16 October 2020.

Training will be offered online in how to use the various information resources like SABINET, Ebooks, Project Muse, Proquest, Endnote, etc.

Please read the notice placed on the University notice system.

Please feel free to email for further information 


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