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Loan Desk
Friendly services

Books are issued and returned at this desk. Please present your student/staff card to the staff when making your first visit to the library to ensure that you have been registered on our database system. The Circulation desk is also a general service desk area that handles general enquiries.


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Loan Procedure
  • All books that have been borrowed from the open book shelves have to be presented at the circulation desk along with your current student/staff card.
  • The rights of the cardholder cannot be transferred to another person.
  • Items that have been borrowed may be renewed twice. Renewals are allowed only if the item is not overdue or not in demand.
How many books may be borrowed from the open shelves?
  • Undergraduates: 4 items for 2 weeks
  • Postgraduates: 10 items for 4 weeks
  • Staff: 30 items for 6 weeks
How do I place a Hold on an item?

When you want to borrow a book that is out on loan, you need to place a hold on it. For more information on placing holds, please consult staff at the Circulation Desk.

Short Loans Section

The Short Loans Section consists mainly prescribed texts, recommended readings selected by your lecturers for your courses. The objective is to ensure that as many people as possible obtain access to the available material.

DVDs and CD Roms covering all subject areas are also kept here and may be viewed by individuals on level 5 or a group viewing by arrangement.

Short Loans Section Circulation Policy

Books on the Short Loans Section may be used for one hour inside the Library. Where multiple copies are available, books may be borrowed overnight from 2pm during the week and from 12pm on Fridays. A maximum of two items may be borrowed.

What do I need in order to use the Short Loans Section services?

Present your student card to the Short Loan Section staff, together with any of the following details of the book or article: author, title, and/or call number.

Library Drop zones

The Main Library has installed two drop zone facilities to allow students to drop off books before the library’s opening times. The drop zone for regular items is situated next to the entrance of the Library. The drop zone for short loan items is at the Short Loans Desk side and is clearly marked. Daily and weekly newspapers are available in the Malangatana Reading room just past the turnstiles at the entrance.

Contact Details

Section Head: Mr T. Fortune

Tel: 021 959-2073

email: tfortune@uwc.ac.za

Night Shift Librarians:

Mr Christo Titus & Tyrone Adams

Tel: 021 959-2946/32

email: ctitus@uwc.ac.za ; tyadams@uwc.ac.za