Refurbishment of the Mamelodi Campus Library

Posted on May 01, 2021

The refurbishment project of the Mamelodi campus library is currently taking place, since its approval in 2019. The renovations will take place over a period of nine months from the 22nd of February to September 2021. This is an exciting opportunity for the UP and Mamelodi community to become well acquainted with a significant building project and to reap the benefits that the new renovations will offer. The library wanted to offer more than just a seat to study in; the intention is to facilitate an experience that creates a conducive and productive space that encourages creativity and collaboration.

Since the merger of Mamelodi Campus of Vista University with the University of Pretoria in 2005, there has been a strong focus on community engagement. This is still relevant today, seen in programs such as the bridging courses offered to students attempting to enter university, and the reading corner offered to local high school leaners. In continuing with being an anchor campus, the University saw fit to embark on renovations that would speak to the latest trends in technology and physical spaces for the varied students that use the library’s spaces. 

As part of strengthening library services and overall experience, services offered needed to be expanded to counter the rapid change in student needs. That meant offering a variety of refurbished spaces, such as discussion rooms and a variety of technologies such as network points, the latest computers, and a new AV system. 

The upgrade of the library will include the building of five seminar rooms, two computer station areas (which will include 49 computers for conducting information searches and research), an area students can stand and work and another area where they can work while seated. A new air conditioning system will also form part of the project. Five seminar/discussion rooms will be established to accommodate students who want to collaborate with other students. Students will have access to state of the art AV equipment. The information counter will be renovated as well and the area next to the Grey Lab will be revamped; new furniture will be placed there to improve the look and feel of the space. In addition, there will be a self-checkout machine at the circulation area which will contribute to a more efficient and seamless process of borrowing and returning books. The spaces will also cater for soft seating, where students can either have a moment of leisure reading or  relaxation. Water fountains for drinking will also be added to the library.

Safety plays an important role in keeping our community and resources safe. The building will be fitted with the latest security cameras, it will comply with fire safety regulations (smoke detectors), disability emergency access, as well as occupational health and safety regulations.

At a later stage of the project, a cafeteria will be included to create convenience for students because we understand how important it is for students to be energised throughout their studies without disrupting their daily movements. 

We are looking forward to the project and the promise it will bring once finished!



- Author Jacob Mothusi, Ephenia Peu and Piet Makitla

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