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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.

Where are we : Oppenheimer (OLS) Building

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.

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Library services: COVID-19 update



The Library will start offering limited on-campus services with effect from 9th June with the minimal staffing numbers permitted.

  • Book Loans during revised working hours: by appointment or through email & telephone communications to begin with. Please e-mail your requests to the below contacts. You will be advised when books can be collected.
    • Contacts: or
  • Book returns: All book loans remain extended but those coming onto campus can make use of book drop boxes to return books at the Libraries where they borrowed these.  These loans will continue to show against borrower names until the book returns are captured and cleared on the Library system.
  • Remote online support offered by librarians during the nationwide lock down to continue. Contacts: or

We regret that we are unable to offer browsing in the library or seating spaces to study during the current lock down period. These service limitations are necessary for us to complete the remaining tasks to achieve compliance and give effect to the University pronouncement that “The wellbeing and safety of our students and staff is paramount and it will take our collective effort, courage and determination to keep the coronavirus at bay.”


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


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