1 Principle of the free flow of information
1.1 The Library and Information Centre is dedicated to the principle of the free flow of and equal access to information in support of teaching, learning, and research at the University. The rules pertaining to the use of the Library and Information Centre’s services and facilities are in the interest of protecting this fundamental right of all library clients.
1.2 The rules also serve to ensure the optimal use of the facilities, equipment and collections in the Library and Information Centre in the interest of all library clients. Thus any action by a client which leads to the denial or restriction of reasonable availability of any facilities, equipment and collections of the Library and Information Centre to other clients will be a breach of the rules and subject to disciplinary measures as set forth by the University Management.
2 University rules
2.1 General university rules and regulations apply within all the Campus Libraries
forming part of the Library and Information Centre, in addition to the library rules listed below.
3.1 Staff and registered students in possession of a valid University card qualify for membership of the Library and Information Centre.
4 Access to facilities and services
4.1 Patrons have access to all Campus Libraries on presentation of their own, valid university card..
4.2 Books are issued to patrons on the presentation of their own, valid university
4.2.1 Lost cards must immediately be reported in writing to the Head: Lending Services at the campus library or to the Campus Librarian.
4.2.2 The cardholder is liable for all transactions for which his/her card is used.
5 Library hours
5.1 Library hours are revised annually and made available on the Library and Information Centre web page
Campus libraries will be closed on public holidays. Notice regarding
library hours will be given for days on which the library is closed.
6 Rules of conduct
6.1 Behaviour which disrupts the activities of the Library and Information Centre or impinges on the right to a quiet and orderly work and study environment of other library patrons is not permitted. This includes but is not limited to, the following:
6.1.1 Patrons must conduct themselves in an orderly and appropriate manner.
6.1.2 Silence must be observed throughout the Library and Information Centre.
6.1.3 Smoking, eating and drinking is not permitted anywhere in the Library and Information Centre. Water, in a clear container is the only exception.
6.1.4 Books, other library materials, equipment or facilities may not be defaced, damaged or stolen.
6.1.5 Cell phones must be on silent in the library.
6.1.6 Computer facilities in the library are available for academic use only. In addition, Patrons may NOT:
a) link any apparatus to the network without the written approval of the Information Technology Division.
b) remove or exchange computer equipment without the written approval of
the Information Technology Division.
c) change or extend network equipment without the written approval of the Information Technology Division
6.1.7 The Library and Information Centre does not accept any liability for the loss of, or damage to, personal property.
6.2 Security staff in the campus libraries is responsible to enforce the Library Rules and Regulations and the right of admission to a campus library may be withdrawn by the Campus Librarian if a client violates the library rules.
7 Fines and bills
7.1 A fine will be imposed for the late return of library material. The rate will be
7.2 No service will be provided to clients with outstanding fines or overdue library
items on their account.
7.3 Students with outstanding fines or damaged or lost items billed against their
account will not be able to do the following until all debts have been settled:
i. View their examination results;
ii. Register the following year.
iii. View or print their academic record;
iv. Received their graduation certificate.
8 Damaged or lost items
8.1 A patron is responsible for damage to, or loss of, items issued to him/her, and is obliged to reimburse the library.
8.2. Patrons may not intentionally or negligently destroy damage or deface any building, furniture, equipment, books or other property owned or controlled by the University or any other person.
9 Copying facilities and Copyright compliance
9.1 Photocopying facilities are available in Campus Libraries for photocopying portions of non-circulating material, subject to the requirements of the Copyright Act (no. 98 of 1978).
9.2 The Library and Information Centre is not liable for contravention of the Copyright Act (no. 98 of 1978) by patrons.
10. Internet usage
10.1 Access to Internet facilities in the library is restricted to registered library
10.2 The Internet in the library may only be used for academic purposes.
10.3 Right of admission to the library may be withdrawn by the Campus Librarian if a client violates rule 10.2.
11. Theft and Related Transgressions
11.1. Patrons may not – intentionally, negligently or without permission – remove any property of the University or any other person.