Answer: No. You don't have access to the Wits libraries without a current student/staff card. Your card is a proof of identity in all library transactions. During this period of the pandemic (COVID 19) note that you can send queries by logging onto Ask A Librarian Tab from the Library Home Page, incase you are struggling to access e books, e journals and if you want to know the opening hours etc.
Answer : To create a Library Pin, you go to the Library Home Page Under My Account Tab. Enter your Surname, Student/staff number and the Pin. We advise that you use the numeral's, could be 4-16 numbers, that you could always remember. You will be required to Verify your Pin. The Pin links you to your student Record. The next screen to pop-up is your Library Record.
How many books am I allowed to borrow as first year student?
Answer: The purpose of the library pin is to get an access to use library catalogue or electronic resources on campus and off-campus. Access your library account to renew books and place hold on item. It also allows PG students and staff to request material which the library does not hold from another instituition through Interlibrary Loan
Answer: Please note that the Library operates on a cashless system.You need to load money in your student or staff card in order to be able to pay for your fine. Fines are charged to all users, regardless of status for any items which are returned after the due date, and which have not been renewed. ICAM-machines" Kudu bucks" located at Solomon Mahlangu ground floor East Campus, between Umthombo building and the Matrix East Campus,Tower of light West Campus, Parktown : inside the Management library, Medical School- ground floor, Education Campu- Marang Block.
Answer: If books are not returned and if replacement charges and outstanding fines are not paid, then certain procedures may be instituted by the library. Please note that fines have been waved during the pandemic period.
Please speak to your Librarian in case you still holding books and want them to be renewed.
Libraries are now opened from 9am-4pm, Monday to Friday.
How do I get access to the Library as a Wits Alumni?
Answer:In order to get Library access, you need to be a Wits graduate. Alumni office will assist you with the access card and provide information regarding borrowing rights. For more information please contact Alumni office.
Are visiting researchers allowed to use the Library?
Answer: Yes, you are allowed to, but you need to bring a letter with a letter head from the department you are visiting. Access and borrowing privileges depends on individual status and length of stay in the University School or Research Entity. For more information contact : Joalane.Mathe@wits.ac.za
Does Wits allow external students access to the Library?
Answer:Only Masters and PHD students from any South African institutions are eligible to use Wits Libraries because of the reciprocal agreement between institutions. A standard letter signed by the Head of Library services at the home institution is required. The letter should state that the student or staff is in good standing in their home library and that it takes full responsibility for any material borrowed and losses incurred. For enquiries contact:
Joalane.Mathe@wits.ac.za OR Nokuthula. Zungu@wits.ac.za