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The library provides distance user services specifically for users who are not able to access the library directly. Distance users are postgraduate or undergraduate students who reside outside the 200km radius from UWC campus, outside of the boundary of the Western Cape area stretching from Piketberg, Bredarsdorp, Worcester and Veldrif. Distance users must be registered students of the University and must be able to provide proof of identity in the form of a student or staff card.
Students must register in order to make use of this service. Registration forms are available from the Faculty Librarians. For details concerning specific access, services and borrowing privileges applicable to all user categories, please consult the Faculty Librarians or click here.
Post or fax the printed registration form to the address or fax number stipulated on the form.
Faculty Librarians will provide assistance and guidance with searching and locating information.
Requests for assistance may be sent to the relevant Faculty Librarian via fax, e-mail or telephone. Queries will be responded to, where possible, within 3 working days after receipt of the request via e-mail, fax, or telephone.
Distance users (individuals or groups) who visit campus for a temporary period may arrange contact sessions with the relevant Faculty Librarian. Distant users are encouraged to contact them to set up an appointment, or for more information about user education.
The Library provides, via its website, online tutorials to assist users in searching the electronic resources. These can be accessed via the Self Learning Zone
Access to other Libraries
Postgraduate students (applicable to Masters and Doctoral students only), who wish to use the services and facilities of a university library in his/her vicinity may apply for a Letter of Introduction from their Faculty Librarian.
Borrowing Items and Obtaining Photocopies
Materials not available in UWC’s Collection
This specifically refers to materials not directly obtain-able by the user (from a local library or other sources).
Upon receipt of the item, I.L.L. will forward the item directly to the user.
Library books obtained via I.L.L. may not be sent to distance users outside of South Africa.
The following borrowing privileges apply:
Distance users requiring materials urgently may arrange with a recognized courier company to have the items delivered via courier service. The recipient is required to enter into an independent agreement with the courier company with all courier costs payable by the user to be paid directly to the courier company.
Fees and Payments
Users will be invoiced for all fee-based service postage, facsimiles, photocopying and I.L.L. Invoices will be dispatched with items posted or faxed. Payment may be made into the University’s bank account. Proof of payment must be sent to the address below via fax or post.
UWC Library: Inter Library Loans (I.L.L.)
Private Bag X17
Fax +27 (021) 959-2920
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
South African International postage rates will apply.
Local Rates (see table below)
1-50 pages (postage of photocopies by registered mail)
Heavier items (parcels of pages or books) postage per kg
R24.35 (add R3.15 per kg)
R1.00 per page
R2.00 per page
R1.00 per page