UNISA Online Library

UNISA Online Library

UNISA Online Library – About the Library

As the largest academic library in Africa, we are also one of the best-endowed with information resources, information technology and expert staff.

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The Unisa Library came into being in 1946 when Unisa introduced distance learning as a mode of tuition. The last 50 years have been a period of rapid growth, with the printed book collection now totalling over 1.5 million items. In addition, we stock over 300 000 other items as well as 4 000 current periodical titles.

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We subscribe to an increasing number of electronic journals (e-journals). Both the e-journals and the growing collection of electronic books (e-books) are available to Unisa students and staff online 24/7 via the internet, regardless of the user’s physical location.

We encourage Library clients to use the Library as a space conducive to research and study.

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Unisa Library has established two mobile libraries, one in the Polokwane region (Limpopo province) and the second in the Parow region (Western Cape province)

Mobile Libraries contact details:

Region Contact details Mobile Library hours and routes
Polokwane 015 290 3431/33/36 February – November(PDF)
Cape Town 021 936 4128/25/26 February – December(PDF)

The objective of the mobile libraries is to ensure equitable access to information resources and library services for students wherever they are.

The mobile libraries provide the following services:

  • Database searches
  • Catalogue searches
  • Information literacy training
  • Circulation services (issuing, renewals, requests and returning of books)
  • Marketing of library services
  • General enquiries

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