The Gold Fields Engineering Library is located on the Ground Floor of the Chamber of Mines Building. Together with the Architecture Library, the Engineering Library serves primarily the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment. The East side of the library is designated for quiet individual study and research, but the remainder of the space accommodates group study and/or individual study. The use of the four Group Project Rooms is restricted to Engineering students only. Reservations can be made in advance at the library's circulation desk.
The Engineering library Electronic Class room may be used for individual class sessions, presentations or workshops by staff. There are 16 networked PC workstations, and one instructor's station with Netop Vision Teacher software. This system allows the instructor to control all the computers in the classroom from the instructor's station, including projecting any student workstation to everyone. The PC workstation monitor for the instructor can also be projected onto an Interactive screen.
An extensive range of print collections, electronic resources, electronic journals and electronic books is accessible through the Library web site. These include the eWits OPAC (the Library's online catalogue) and Electronic Theses and Databases. Group training sessions and individual assistance on the use of these resources are offered by the librarians. It is important to consult your subject specific Engineering Libguide (Scroll down to E) for relevant resources.
The Library is dedicated to serving the research and teaching needs of our faculty and students, as well as the larger University community. Admission to the Engineering library is automatically granted through the use of the Wits Staff or Student card. For alternative options to access the library go to the Library's Services webpage.
|DURING TERM: **CURRENT LIBRARY HOURS**|
|Monday - Thursday||08h00 - 20h00|
|Friday||08h00 - 17h00|
|Saturday||08h30 - 17h00|
|Sunday||14h00 - 20h00|
|MID-YEAR AND YEAR END BREAKS:|
|Monday - Friday||08h00 - 17h00|
The status of the user determines the loan periods for books in all libraries, unless these are coded non-circulating, in-library or three-day. For additional loan rules consult the Library's Loan Period webpage.
|STATUS||NUMBER OF ITEMS ALLOWED||
LOAN PERIOD (Days)
|4th Year and Honours Students||8||14|
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Interlibrary Loans: Interlibrary loans (ILL) supports Library collections for University academic staff and postgraduate students. Online requests from Wits University staff and students may be made using the Interlibrary Loans website. Alternatively, requests can be made by e-mail, fax, or on paper forms available from the ILL office, or any Branch Library. The more detailed the information supplied the more rapidly the item is likely to be supplied.
Computing facilities include 9 workstations equipped with CD/DVD drives. Access to the library's web site, online catalog, electronic resources and internet, is provided. Wireless connectivity for laptops is available throughout the entire library. Data and power ports are also available in the library if needed.
PHOTOCOPYING / PRINTING / SCANNING:
There are 3 photocopiers in the Engineering library. Photocopiers operate on student, staff or permit cards at a cost of 38c per copy. Money can be deposited on student cards at any of the ICAM-machines available at various locations on campuses. After loading money on to your card, you only need to swipe your card through the card reader attached to a machine to enable you to make photocopies. We offer the use of one photocopier as a free scanning facility. Scanned pages are converted to a pdf and can be e-mailed as an attachment. The Pay for Print facility allows printing from any or the library's PC workstations at 30c per page.
Research Support Workshops
The Postgraduate Affairs Office runs more than 50 research methodology and writing workshops. The workshops are run in conjunction with the Humanities Graduate Centre. Not all workshops are repeated in the second semester. The programme is adjusted according to an analysis of students’ evaluations, suggestions and attendance figures to meet student requests.