Library Acquisition Procedures

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UJ Prescribed Booklists

View the UJ Prescribed book list for 2023, 1st semester.  For more information, visit this guide on UJ’s Prescribed Textbooks.

If you have any queries please contact: Thapelo Mashishi: Tel: 011 559 2182 or Email:​​​


Online ordering of book and other library resources, including online textbooks listing

Watch a short video on how to use SAPnet/Nevada
Watch a short video on the Steps to follow when Prescribing Textbooks on SAPnet/Nevada

Procedure for Purchasing Books, Periodicals and E-resources to be placed in the Library
Procedure for Submitting a list of Prescribed books

2022 Authorised signature financial documents

Practice note: Prescribed and recommended textbooks

It is the responsibility of teaching staff to prescribe textbooks in terms of the following guidelines:

  1. A book should only be listed as prescribed if the student will be required to utilise at least 80% of it.
  2. Other books, where a smaller proportion of the book will be required reading, should be placed on the recommended list.
  3. Departments should ensure that prescribed textbooks (in the same edition) will be utilized for at least three years.
  4. When recommending books, staff should check whether these books are available in the Library, and if not, ensure that they are included in the books ordered by the Department from their funding allocation. Books should not be recommended unless students have access to them. The Library can assist through the electronic ‘course reserves system.
  5. When deciding which books to prescribe, staff should ascertain the cost of possible choices, as one factor bearing on the final decision.

Approved by Senate Teaching and Learning Committee
11 October 2010