Library services as from the 23rd of August 2021

Posted on August 19, 2021

The library will still provide limited physical services in order to continue safeguarding the health of all staff and students. UP students and staff are therefore encouraged to continue using our comprehensive online collections and virtual information support services from 8:00 – 21:00.

As from the 23rd of August 2021, most libraries will be open from Mondays to Fridays, 09:00 to 18:00, and Saturdays, from 9:00 to 13:00 (see our library hours here). Limited study spaces in each library will be available. Study space must be booked online and in advance by clicking here. The number of study seats available in libraries depends on the size and capacity of the specific library, as well as the regulations regarding the number of people allowed in a public space.

The Research Commons (on all campuses) will open for a limited number of postgraduate students and must also be booked online and in advance. For safety reasons, please bring your own device, or arrange with the Research Commons staff if you would need to use a computer in this facility.

Study centres will remain closed, but limited computers in the libraries will be open.

Students who are allowed on campus will need to return library material in time to ensure that all users have equal access to frequently used titles. Library material may still be returned via the book drops at all library sites (these items will be quarantined before being re-shelved). Users may also return library material through registered mail or courier services.

Library users will only be allowed into designated areas in the libraries and will not be allowed physical access to library collections.

The contactless collection service for library material will continue. This service allows library users to place requests for materials from the library system, followed by communication between library staff and the student to collect it from the library. View the procedure here.

Library staff will continue to provide digitisation services. Requests for sections of books to be digitised (within copyright regulations) must be submitted online.

Health and safety measures and social distancing protocols remain applicable in all libraries.

Please see the complete list of A-Z services here

- Author Marguerite Nel

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