All registered Unisa studentsb and staff may borrow and request library material, subject to the Library’s lending regulations,
Use the Library Catalogue to:
Yes, there is some library material that may not be borrowed. However, such items may be consulted in the Library.
Examples of such items include:
Photocopies of publications that may not be borrowed may be obtained on request and in keeping with the limits laid down by South African copyright law.
If you wish to find out whether the Library has a particular book in its collection, then it is best to start with an author or title search on the Library Catalogue.
If the Catalogue indicates that we do indeed have the book, you can request the book by clicking on the request button and the book will be posted to you.
If you look up the book on the Catalogue while you are in the Library, you will need to take note of the STATUS of the book - is it out on loan or is it available for loan? If the book is available, then you will note the SHELF NO and seek the book on the shelf according to its shelf number.
If you cannot find the book in the Library Catalogue, and you are eligible for the interlibrary loan service (ILL) then you could request the book on ILL or suggest that the Library purchase a copy.
It is always helpful to attend Library training to enhance your Library skills.
There are a number of reasons why you would not find a book on the shelf. It is important to ask for assistance from Library staff.
Some of the reasons why you might not find a book on the shelf include the following:
There are a number of ways to borrow library material. As an open distance learning library, the Unisa Library accommodates both the student who can visit the Library in person and the student who cannot come into the Library to borrow a book.
It is always helpful to attend a hands-on library training session to acquire basic library skills.
Students are expected to read prescribed material in order to master the subject matter of their courses.
Only limited stocks of prescribed books are available in Unisa.libraries, therefore students are required to purchase their own copies of prescribed books from the official booksellers. No reservations are made for prescribed books that are already out on loan.
Students who have problems obtaining specific prescribed books from the booksellers should contact firstname.lastname@example.org