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Research Support: Research Commons


Welcome to the Research Commons, the Unisa Library's virtual and physical gateway to library services for academic, graduate students, and researchers. 

The branch librarians on duty are:

To ensure a quiet space conclusive to research it is important to familiarize yourself with the usage guidelines and behavior guidelines applicable in the Research Commons.

Services and Procedures

January to November Monday - Friday 07:45 to 20:00
 Saturday 08:00 to 16:00
December Moday - Friday 07:45 to 16:00
  Saturday 08:00 to 13:00

The Research Commons is closed on all public holidays.

Please consult  the Unisa Library's website  for extraordinary closing times.


The following facilites are available in the Research Commons:

  • 49 networked desktop end-user pcs
  • 3 networked desktop end-user pcs for disabled users
  • Networked printing and copying facilities next door to the Commons
  • Reading room where selected titles of the latest journals are displayed
  • Easy chairs for relaxing
  • Wi-fi for users using their own devices

The Unisa Library's Research Commons offers admission to Unisa Master’s, Doctoral, and Postdoctoral students as well as academic and research staff.

Access to the Commons is via your university card.

There is WiFi connectivity in the Research Commons should you wish to bring you own devices.Please see the attached for details on connecting to the WiFi.

Academics, Researchers and Post-Doctoral students

When using the computers in the Research Commons, log-in with the username issued to you by the university and the password which you use to access your personal workstation at Unisa.


When using one of the computers in the Research Commons you will need your student number and myUnisa password to log-in.

Your student number must be preceded by the word students and the back-slash icon  \



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