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Engineering: Prescribed, Recommended and Open Textbooks: Home

This LibGuide contains the Engineering prescribed and recommended titles with links to the catalogue as well as electronic books.

LibGuide Content

This LibGuide provides the titles of  Prescribed and Recommended books for all the schools in Engineering. Links are provided to the catalogue record of books as well as links to the online availability of books. Additional links are provided under the Open Engineering Textbooks tab to assist students and academics on how and where to access Open Textbooks.


As a result of the COVID-19 crisis some publishers have made access to their eTextbooks freely available for a limited period - see below offers:


ScienceDirect free eTextbooks (until 31st August 2020)

Access via ScienceDirect   (Enter Title of book in Journal/book title field)

Full list of ScienceDirect eTextbooks

PLEASE NOTE: You will be prompted for your library PIN in order to access the above Textbooks. For assistance in creating a library PIN see How_to_create_a_LIBRARY_PIN 

Also see the tab on Open Engineering Textbooks for other free eTextbooks

Contact Us

For enquiries contact:

E-mail: P. Matai

Engineering Library, Chamber of Mines Building, West Campus

Telephone: (011) 717-1975

Prescribed and Recommended Books

"Prescribed" textbooks are the books which the course co-ordinator (academic staff) list as essential reading and students are advised to purchase a copy of the  prescribed textbook.

"Recommended" textbooks are not compulsory but are extra reading materials should you wish to gain a more comprehensive background for your course.

Prescribed books are available in the library for a restricted borrowing period of one day or three days. This LibGuide is up to date and corresponds with the official 2020 Wits book list. Use the course code for each school to locate the details and availability of prescribed/recommended books.

Open Text Books

Open textbooks have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. These books have been reviewed by academics from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. Open textbooks can be downloaded at no cost, or printed at low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.

As part of the broader open educational resources movement, open textbooks increasingly are seen as a solution to challenges with traditionally published textbooks, such as access and affordability concerns