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Cape Town Branch Library: Library Services

Western Cape Region

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to see answers to a list of questions students tend to ask. If your question is not addressed, you can contact us by email or phone.


Library Fines

R5.00 per day for a late return of a book



Access to the Library

You will need an access card to:

  • Enter the library
  • Borrow Library material
  • Use the RFID machine


The cost of a card is R70 payable at Finance. You will then proceed to Student Access cards to have your card made.


Information Literacy

Search Forms

How to Request a Literature Search @ the Unisa Library

What is literature search?

A literature search is:

•a selected reading list on a research topic,  needed by an undergraduate or postgraduate student, or staff member, to complete an assignment or  research project, e.g. dissertation, thesis, conference paper, etc.; resources relevant to a research topic

Who is eligible to request a literature search?

•All registered Unisa students
•All Unisa staff members

Where will I find the literature search request form?

•The literature search request form for students is available on myUnisa.

•The literature search request form for Unisa staff is available via the Request a Literature Search link on the Library home page.

How do students request a literature search?

•Log in to myUnisa with your student number and myUnisa password
•Click on the More Sites button and then select Library
•Select the Literature search request form from the menu
•Complete the form and click on the Submit button once
How do Unisa staff members request a literature search?
•Visit the Unisa website at: and click on Library

•Click on Request a Literature search

•Scroll down to the form link. Save and complete the MSWord form and email it to:

How will I know that my online  request was received?
You will receive an automated e-mail and/or sms to acknowledge receipt of your request and notify you of the request reference number.

Please keep your reference number safe so you can follow-up on your literature search request at if need be.


Please do not use the literature search request form to request books, articles, or law reports.

See the LibGuide on Requesting and finding library material via the Library home page for guidance on how to request books, articles and law reports from the Library.

Can I do a literature search myself?

Yes, of course you can! We encourage you to do so, as this is a valuable, lifelong research skill. Get started with the easy Encore discovery tool platform available on the Library Catalogue.

Do not hesitate to ask the Branch Librarians for guidance.

 Questions about literature searches may be sent to the Information Search Librarians Team at the following e-mail






Search Catalogue

Advanced Keyword Search

Lending Services

Photocopy Services

Photocopy machines are in the Research Area of the Library. Printing /Photocopying cost 85c per page