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How many libraries does Stellenbosch University have?

The Stellenbosch University’s Library and Information Service has six libraries. The central library, called the Stellenbosch University Library, is situated on the Stellenbosch Campus. The other five libraries (branches), situated across the three campuses, are the Engineering and Forestry Library, the Medicine and Health Sciences Library, the Music Library, the Theology Library, and the Bellville Park Campus Library. Read more about our libraries on our website: https://library.sun.ac.za/en-za/Libraries/Pages/default.aspx

Are library services free?

Yes, library services are free to Stellenbosch University registered students, staff and researchers. Visit our website to read more about our services: http://library.sun.ac.za/en-za/Usingthelibrary/Pages/Undergraduate-guide.aspx

What are the library hours?
  • Library hours vary depending on the time of the year and for the different branches. Please see our Library Hours Library Guide for more detailed hours. For example, the hours during the academic year at Stellenbosch University Library are as follows:
  • Mon – Thur: 08:00 to 22:00
  • Fri: 08:00 to 17:30
  • Sat: 10:00 to 16:30
  • Sun: Closed
How would I learn about the library resources?

The library provides various training opportunities to students, virtually, within the library, and through various departmental training sessions. These opportunities cover a wide range of topics including help with assignments and finding information, using tools for referencing, and data workshops. View our upcoming webinars here: https://sun.ac.za.libcal.com/calendar/stb

How many books can library clients borrow?

The number of books that can be borrowed depends on the level of study at the University. Undergraduate students can borrow 6 books for 14 days, postgraduates 15 items for 30 days, and staff of the University 30 items for 90 days. See more about borrowing on our website:  https://library.sun.ac.za/en-za/Usingthelibrary/borrow/Pages/default.aspx

Does the library have my prescribed books?

The library’s short loans section holds a number of highly used materials and makes them available to students for a short period. You can make use of SUNSearch to see what books are available in the library: https://library.sun.ac.za/connect/sunsearch

Does the library have WiFi?

Yes, Wi-Fi is available throughout the buildings of all libraries of the Library and Information Service of Stellenbosch University. Read more about Wi-Fi access on our website: https://library.sun.ac.za/en-za/Help/Pages/wireless-access.aspx

Can I access library resources from home or from residence?

Yes, most electronic resources that the library provides are available to registered University students and staff from off-campus. These can be accessed by simply signing into the library website using your registered SU details. Read more about accessing our resources on our website: https://library.sun.ac.za/en-za/Help/Pages/offcampus-electronic-access.aspx

Where do I find tutorials and videos to learn about the library resources?

Training tutorials and videos are loaded onto the library’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/SUNBibVideos) and the library website: https://library.sun.ac.za/en-za/Learning/Pages/howto.aspx

Do I have access to electronic books?

Yes, the library has many e-books available to students and staff. You can use the library catalogue, SUNSearch, to find e-books: https://library.sun.ac.za/connect/sunsearch

Can I print in the library?

Yes, library computers are connected to the SU ‘Secure Pull Print’ management system on campus. Students are able to print, copy and scan at any of the Secure Pull Print multi-function printers in the libraries, by using their student card. Some sections, such as the Learning Commons and the Research Commons have dedicated multi-function printers. See: http://library.sun.ac.za/en-za/Usingthelibrary/Pages/Copy-print-scan.aspx

Are there group study spaces available in the library?

At present, most of our study spaces are still closed for use due to Covid-19 restrictions. However, they are likely to open up again during 2022. The Research Commons in the Stellenbosch University Library is the only area that currently allows use of its seminar rooms, but these are for master’s and PhD students only.

What is the Learning Commons?

The Learning Commons is an innovative learning space where students can work with ease, with help at hand for any technical issues that may arise. Read more about this space here: https://library.sun.ac.za/en-za/Learning/lc/Pages/default.aspx

What is the Research Commons?

The Carnegie Research Commons is a dedicated research environment for postgraduate students and staff to be able to work comfortably with expert assistance at hand when needed. Read more about this space here: https://library.sun.ac.za/en-za/Research/rc/Pages/default.aspx

What is a makerspace?

A makerspace is a collaborative space where technological tools, such as 3D printers, are used to create new objects. Makerspaces are areas where students come to explore, build, create, and tinker. Read more about the Stellenbosch University Library makerspace on our website: https://library.sun.ac.za/en-za/Learning/Pages/Makerspace.aspx

What is Special Collections?

Special Collections is a division within the library that houses unique material that requires specialised security and user services. Special Collections material consists of rare books, manuscripts, photographs and/or archival material. Read more about our Special Collections on our website: http://library.sun.ac.za/en-za/Research/SC/Pages/About.aspx

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