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BioPhysical Sciences Library

Library Hours

During Term:

Monday -Thursday   08:00 - 20:00

Friday                       08:00 - 17:00

Saturday                  08:30 - 12:30

Winter Recess (Jun/Jul) & Summer Recess (Dec/Jan):

Monday - Friday     08:00 - 17:00

Please note from 17:00 - 20:00 Monday to Thursday and on Saturdays during Terms the Library is staffed by student assistants.

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Library services: COVID-19 update


Please note that the BioPhy Library has limited its services due to the COVID-19 crisis. The library will be closed until at least the 3rd May as a result of the nation-wide lockdown. Librarians are offering a remote service and library staff can be contacted should any assistance be needed. See below contact details:

  • Salome Potgieter 
    • E-mail:
  • Naome Bopape
    • WhatsApp: +27-83-2676712

Also please note that Library fines have been suspended as from the 16th March. Patrons who have items on their account will NOT be fined for overdue items during this time. Automatic renewal notices can be ignored for the time being.

Biological & Physical Sciences Library (BioPhy Library)

Situated in the basement of the Oppenheimer Life Sciences (OLS) Building, East Campus. Biophy is the scientific library and covers the following schools: Animal, Plant & Environmental Sciences (APES), Chemistry, Molecular & Cell Biology (MCB) and Physics.         

Biophy Library holds approximately 60,000 print journal volumes and 25 thousand books. Some journals are received both in print and online.

A Special collection, the Paine Collection (History of Physics), is housed in the BioPhy Library.

Bound Journals from 1992 - the present are housed in the Library.

Journals from 1976 - 1991 are kept at the compactus (moveable shelving) at the back of the Library, downstairs.

Bound journals can be borrowed for 3 days , unbound current journals can be borrowed for 1 day.

Overnight books are issued out at 12:00 midday and MUST be returned the following day before 9:30am.

Books can be renewed over telephone except Overnight books by telephone 011 7171960, There is a book return box close to the library main entrance where items can be returned at any time.


Naome Bopape - Senior Librarian

Salomé Potgieter - Principal Librarian:Sciences

Darly Ndlovu - Senior Library Assistant

Ntombi Nkutha - Library Assistant

Christopher Mafika - Library Assistant

Brian Sithole  - Clerical Assistant

Msele Masole - Clerical Assistant                                


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Naome Bopape
Biological & Physical Sciences Library (BioPhy)
Oppenheimer Building
East Campus
011-717 1961 / 1960

Where are we : Oppenheimer (OLS) Building