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Services and facilities available in the Engineering Library.

The Gold Fields Engineering Library

The Gold Fields Engineering Library is located on the Ground Floor of the Chamber of Mines Building. Together with the Architecture Library, the Engineering Library serves primarily the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment. The East side of the library is designated for quiet individual study and research, but the remainder of the space accommodates group study and/or individual study. The use of the four Group Project Rooms is restricted to Engineering students only. Reservations can be made in advance at the library's circulation desk.

The Engineering library Electronic Class room may be used for individual class sessions, presentations or workshops by staff. There are 16 networked PC  workstations, and one instructor's station with Netop Vision Teacher software. This system allows the instructor to control all the computers in the classroom from the instructor's station, including projecting any student workstation to everyone. The PC workstation monitor for the instructor can also be projected onto an Interactive screen.

Reading Room (Engineering Library, Chamber of Mines Building):

The Engineering library in the Chamber of Mines building has an after hours Reading Room facility. The area will remain open when the library closes and is accessible via the atrium area in the building.

**READING ROOM CURRENT HOURS** (effective 5 October)
Monday - Thursday 17h00 - 23h00
Friday Closed after 17h00
Saturday 8h30-17h00
Sunday 14h00-20h00
Public Holidays Closed


The Reading room offers:

  • access to all Wits staff and students
  • seating space for 25 people (under current lock down level)
  • network, power points and Wi-Fi
  • one photocopying/printing/scanner
  • provision for wheelchair access
  • and security cameras for a safe and secure environment.

For more information please contact the Engineering library at (011) 717-1970 or email:


An extensive range of print collections, electronic resources, electronic journals and electronic books is accessible through the Library web site. These include the eWits OPAC (the Library's online catalogue) and Electronic Theses and Databases. Group training sessions and individual assistance on the use of these resources are offered by the librarians. It is important to consult your subject specific Engineering Libguide (Scroll down to E) for relevant resources.


The Library is dedicated to serving the research and teaching needs of our faculty and students, as well as the larger University community. Admission to the Engineering library is automatically granted through the use of the Wits Staff or Student card. For alternative options to access the library go to the Library's Services webpage.


Monday - Friday 08h00 - 17h00
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Public Holidays Closed



The status of the user determines the loan periods for books in all libraries, unless these are coded non-circulating, in-library or three-day.



Undergraduates 6 7
4th Year and Honours Students 8 14
Masters Students 12 30
PhD Students 15 30
University Staff 30 45



Read more about: Renewals, bookings, fines and holds

Interlibrary Loans: Interlibrary loans (ILL) supports Library collections for University academic staff and postgraduate students. Online requests from Wits University staff and students may be made using the Interlibrary Loans website. Alternatively, requests can be made by e-mail, fax, or on paper forms available from the ILL office, or any Branch Library. The more detailed the information supplied the more rapidly the item is likely to be supplied.


Computing facilities include 9 workstations equipped with CD/DVD drives. Access to the library's web site, online catalog, electronic resources and internet,  is provided. Wireless connectivity for laptops is available throughout the entire library. Data and power ports are also available in the library if needed.


There are 2 photocopiers in the Engineering library. Photocopiers operate on student, staff or permit cards. Money can be deposited on student cards at any of the ICAM-machines available at various locations on campuses. After loading money on to your card, you only need to swipe your card through the card reader attached to a machine to enable you to make photocopies. Scanning can be done free of charge. Printing User Guide.

Printing and Photocopying A4 A3
Single Sided (Simplex) Black and White R0.43 R0.92
Double Sided (Duplex) Black and White R0.63 R1.61
Single Sided (Simplex) Color R2.99 R5.29
Double Sided (Duplex) Color R5.90 R11.86

Library services: COVID-19 update




The Wits Libraries are now open from 8h00-17h00 (Monday - Friday):

Onsite services:

  • Students and staff can continue to drop off books using a ‘Book drop box’. All book loans remain extended except for those coming onto campus who wish to return books via the 'Book drop box'. These loans will continue to show against borrower names until the book returns are captured and cleared on the Library system.
  • Students and staff will not have access to shelves
  • Engineering Library has 47 seats including 10 computers as well as 25 seats in the Reading Room
  • Printing- & photocopying services
  • When print books and journals are needed/requested to be used in the library, the Library staff will get them from the shelves
  • All library users are encouraged to send an email when a print book/journal is needed for check-out.  Contacts: pinky.matai1 or
  • The borrower is notified when to collect the item/s once they are checked out

Online services:

  • Librarians will continue to offer a remote service until advised of a change in the situation. Contacts: pinky.matai1 or

Contact Us

General Enquiries and Renewals:

(011) 717-1970


Librarians -

Pinky Matai: Engineering Librarian, (011) 717-1975

Salome Potgieter: Principal Librarian Sciences, (011)7171961

Other staff -

Vongani Mlambo & Phili Mhlongo, (011) 717-1970


Engineering library QR Code

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EBE Postgraduate Library workshop 18th May 2021 - Feedback

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