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BioPhysical Sciences Library



     8h00 - 17h00 (Monday - Friday)

       (effective Monday 20 September)

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 is offering limited on-campus services with the minimal staffing numbers permitted.

Onsite services: 

  • Study space - in order to adhere to social distancing regulations, a monitored limited number of students will be allowed to be seated inside the libraries. 
  • Student PCs (allowing social distancing) 
  • Printing- & photocopying facilities 
  • Book returns - users are requested to use the book return drop boxes outside the libraries when returning books 
  • Borrowing of books  
    • Library users are encouraged to send an e-mail to the librarian when a print resource is needed. The borrower is notified when to collect the item/s once it is ready.  
    • Library users can also visit their respective libraries and request books at the Circulation desk.
    • Access to shelves is not allowed/permitted at this stage due to Covid19 Regulations.
  • Remote online support offered by librarians during the lock down to continue. Contact:

Principal Librarian: Sciences

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Salome Potgieter
Biological & Physical Sciences (BioPhy) Library


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