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How do I access the Unisa Library's electronic resources and services from off-campus?

When Library users wish to access the Unisa Library's electronic information resources and services from off-campus, they will do the following:

  • consult the Guidelines for off-campus workstation settings to access the Unisa e-Library. It contains important information about the required hardware, software and settings for optimal access to the Library's electronic resources.
  • visit the Library Catalogue to make use of the various request services (e.g. book requests, article requests or law report requests). You will be prompted to enter your student number and myUnisa password before completing the online request form and clicking on submit. You may also search both the Library Catalogue and a selected number of electronic databases by means of the Encore Quick Search. You will again be prompted for your student number and myUnisa password before being able to access full text e-books or e-journals.
  • to view the electronic resources available from the Library, visit the Unisa Library home page, click on Find e-resources and then select either A - Z list of electronic resources or Resources by subject to access the database of your choice. Note that the table of databases will indicate the publisher of the database, the name of the database (click here to access the database), the subjects covered by the database, whether the database is purely bibliographic in nature or whether it is partly full text or wholly full text, and whether online instructional guidance is readily available for that particular resource (a link will be provided if such guidance exists). Again, you will be prompted for your student number and myUnisa password before being able to access a database from off-campus.

Please note that the configurations of individual computers, mobile phones and/or Internet browsers may affect the ability to access resources at full functionality.It will be your choice, however,  whether you save any of the recommended settings once you have completed your online searches.

Is wireless Internet access available in the Unisa Library?

Yes, wireless access to the Internet is available via access points in the Muckleneuk Library on the Main Campus in Pretoria and at some of the Branch Libraries in major centres, so access and coverage will vary according to which Branch Library you are visiting.

It is wise to always contact your nearest Unisa Branch Library before you visit to ascertain if wireless access is available at that particular Branch. Keep in mind that downtimes can occur unexpectedly.