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WHSL New Students' Guide: How to Access the Library Resources

A guide to the use of the Witwatersrand Health Sciences Library for new students

Use the e-Wits Catalogue

The library catalogue is used to search  for information in the library which includes print books and journals, e-books and e-journals, and to make an "overnight" booking for books which are in demand. The catalogue (OPAC or Online Public Access Catalogue) shows the shelf number (or the address on the shelf at which the book can be found) and the status of the material (whether the book is on the shelf, or whether it has been issued to someone else). You can search the catalogue using keywords, author's name, title of the book, journal title, or medical subject heading (or MeSH for short).


Create a PIN & Renew books online

Follow the step-by-step guide below on how to create a PIN to renew books, find out which books you have out in your name, or check to see how much you owe in fines.The PIN will also allow you to use WHSL's electronic resources from home, from the residences, or when you are doing fieldwork away from work, such as when you are in your rural blocks.

Click here to create your PIN or login

Loan Periods @ WHSL

WHSL print books  may be borrowed for 2 weeks/3 days/1 day  and renewed for a maximum of four times

Note: Other Wits Libraries have different loan periods, depending on whether you are an undergraduate student, a postgraduate student, or a member of staff. Always check the date sheet at the back of the book for the return date that is stamped there. Fines will be incurred for late return of items.