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WHSL Witwatersrand Health Sciences Library: Home

Overview of Wits Health Sciences Libary and their services

Welcome to WHSL

The Witwatersrand Health Sciences Library (WHSL) was established in 1923 as the Witwatersrand Medical Library, to support the medical practitioners on the Witwatersrand. WHSL has incorporated the Dental Library collection since the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry merged to become the Faculty of Health Sciences. WHSL's primary mission is to support the teaching & learning and research activities of students and staff of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. 

Physical Address: 7 York Road, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2193, South Africa

(Ground Floor, Medical School Building)

Telephone numbers:

WHSL General Enquiries & Information: +27 11 717 2348

CH Bara Branch Library: (Tuesday & Thursday only) +27 11 938 8994

Rudolf Geerling Medical Library (Tara) +27 11 935 3188 

Helen Joseph Hospital (HJH) &  Rahima Moosa Hospital Libraries are now "virtual" libraries and have remote access to WHSL's e-resources. Please go to the LibGuide: WHSL e-Resources in Health Care for a complete list of all WHSL's electronic books, databases, and journals. 

WHSL Staff




Witwatersrand Health Sciences Librarian
Devind Peter

Deputy Health Sciences Librarian

Khosi Mathole

Librarian: E-Resources


Librarian: Cataloguing & Research Support

 Emmanuel Mphago

Librarian: Collection Development

Lindelani Madonsela

Librarian: Teaching & Learning Support

Khathushelo Phadziri

Librarian: Postgraduate Support


Snr Library Assistant: Baragwanath Branch 


Snr Library Assistant: Inter-Library Loans

Puleng Khampepe

 Snr Library Assistant: Research Support

Nonhlanhla Hlongwane  

Library Assistant: Journals & Finance


Senior Library Assistant: Reception & Digitisation


Clerical Assistant: Photocopying

Patience Kamagate

Library Assistant

Molly Ncalo

Clerical Assistant

Lib Chat

Library hours

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EFFECTIVE  from 17 June 2021

Bara Library is CLOSED until further notice



Monday  09h00-21h00
Tuesday 09h00-21h00
Wednesday 09h00-21h00
Thursday    09h00-21h00
Friday 09h00-18h00
Saturday 08h30-17h00
Sunday    14h00-20h00


Chris Hani Baragwanath Library   

 Monday       CLOSED

Tuesday       CLOSED

Wednesday   CLOSED

Thursday       CLOSED

Friday             CLOSED

WHEN CLOSED  ENQUIRIES Tel. 0117172348 email:

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

Where to find us