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WHSL Introduction to the Medical Literature: Setting a PIN for Remote Access

This guide will show you the basics of how to find information in print and online at the Witwatersrand Health Sciences Library

Remembering your PIN

Accessing e-journals, e-databases and e-books off campus requires you to have a valid PIN, which validates you as a bona fide Wits student or member of staff.

You set the PIN ONCE only, but if you forget this number, you have to ask a librarian to create a new PIN on your behalf. This is a waste of everyone's time, so you are advised to write down your PIN and keep it in a safe place. Do not assume you will remember this number - you will not!

Renewing your Books

You can renew your books yourself with your PIN, as well as using it for remote access.

You should never have to pay a Library fine for an overdue book!

How to Set your PIN the First Time

Use the PIN link to a guide for setting or creating a PIN 

  • Or follow the steps below:
    • Go to the LIbrary home page
    • From the links at the side of the page, select the link to My Library Account
    • Enter your surname in the correct box
    • Enter your student/staff number in the correct box
    • Type in a PIN that you will remember. You may not use your student/staff number.
    • Click on submit
    • If you are creating a PIN for the first time, you will be asked to resubmit this information.
    • If the PIN creation process has been succesful, you should be in your own catalogue record (your name should appear in the top left corner of  the screen)
    • This PIN will remain valid until you modify (change) it, or leave Wits
    • Log Out
    • Your PIN is now set - use it each time you are prompted to do so