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WHSL Academic Staff Guide at the Faculty of Health Sciences: Library Services

Useful information about WHSL and its services and Faculty of Health Sciences for academic staff members

Library hours


Monday  08h30-23h00
Tuesday 08h30-23h00
Wednesday 10h30-23h00
Thursday    08h30-23h00
Friday 08h30-18h00
Saturday 08h30-17h00

Sunday         14h00-20h00

Chris Hani Baragwanath Library


Tuesday    08h00-16h00
Wednesday  CLOSED
Thursday 08h00-16h00


Please read notice boards in the library for changes to library hours.


Library links

Search for library materials and digital content

This search tool allows you to find content from the library catalogue, all the library’s databases, journals, ebooks, the institutional repository WIReDSpace, and unique digital collections only available in the Wits library.


Search for library materials and digital content:
Encore Search:

  Advanced Search   Find e-books & e-journals    Search the catalogue  

Hands-on help

If you need hand-on help, please call in person at the Information Desk behind the circulation (reception) area in WHSL, or phone 011 717 2348. 


The Appendix (New WHSL Acquisitions)

WHSL sends out electronic lists of new acquisitions (books, journals and databases) periodically throughout the year. If you would like to be added to this electronic list, please send an e-mail to Mr Tobias Singleton. New print books are displayed  in the display cabinets next to the reception desk and may be borrowed after the display period has ended. See " How to reserve a non-overnight book" for instructions on placing a hold on the new book you want to borrow.


Witwatersrand Health Sciences Library

7 York Road





Tel: 011 717-2348

Library Book Budget

In practice, very few print books are bought at WHSL. In 2014, the Library has been allocated no funds for print books. Most of WHSL's book acquisitions are therefore electronic and aimed at the undergraduate population. Some postgraduate clinical medicine textbooks are available full text via services such as Clinical Key.