Library Support During COVID-19

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Library Access

From 5 October 2021 the Library hours for all libraries will be:

Monday – Friday: 07:30 – 22:00
24 Hour Spaces: 07:30 – 23:00.

Saturday: 08:00 – 15:00
24 Hour Spaces: 08:00 – 23:00.

Saturdays during study week and exams: 8:00 – 18:00
24 Hour Space open 8:00 – 23:00

Sunday: All libraries will be closed
24 Hour Spaces will be open from 08:00 – 23:00.

How to access UJ Libraries

Access to the UJ Libraries can only be granted if you have a valid UJ Card.
NB: Scan your UJ Card at the Entrance Door of the library and again at the Exit Door when you leave!
You do not need to book for library access.
The maximum capacity per library (Max. Patrons allowed per library)
* APB Library = 182
* APK Library = 950
* FADA Library = 60
* DFC Library = 409
* SWC Library = 300

Showing any Covid-19 Symptoms?
If you answer Yes to Any of the following, please contact the UJ Clinic Immediately:

  • Have you been in contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 7 days?
  • Do you have a lung infection at the moment?
  • Cough?
  • Chills?
  • Sore throat?
  • Shortness Of Breath?
  • Loss of smell / taste?
  • Muscle pain?
  • Diarrhea?
  • Weakness?

Zero-rated (free) sites

See UJ Zero-rated (Free) websites for a list of zero-rated data sites for these networks: (MTN, Vodacom, Telkom and Cell C.)

UJ Library App

Borrow and return books

Please return your overdue books now – no fines will be charged on overdue books!

All campus libraries are open and you my borrow and return books as usual.

Visit the Lending self service page to see how you can do the following:

  • Access your patron record (library record)
  • Place a hold on an item
  • Renew items online
  • Access class notes or articles placed on the reserved collection
  • Issue items to yourself (self-checkout)

ILL (Inter-library Loans)

Limited ILL can still be requested for staff and students who qualify. We will continue to try and find items for you, but there may be delays and restrictions on what we can supply.
Books: We are unable to supply books or items that are available in print only.
Journal articles/Book chapters: We may be able to supply articles and chapters that are available electronically. We will keep you updated about your request.
For information on how to submit a request, who qualifies, the cost and more, visit the ILL page.

Online library resources & tools

  • Online access to databases, articles, e-books and e-journals via the database list
  • Search the Library catalogue – UJLink for print and online books and journals
  • Search the A to Z Journal list for online journals and articles
  • For help on how to find and download e-books visit this Online Books LibGuide
  • Do an all-in-one search using UJoogle – find books, journals, articles and other library materials.
  • E-Course reserves – all items placed on reserve by a lecturer will show in the Catalogue (UJLink) under Course Reserves.
    To access, go to the catalogue, Select “Course reserves” and follow the prompts. Electronic items can be downloaded or printed.
    For more information on course reserves (print or electronic) see Lending services – Question 16
  • Previous Exam papers can be found here: Online Exam Papers
  • Online UJ Theses and Dissertations can be found here
  • Lean Library: The Lean Library is a browser plug-in that allows you easy access to the electronic resources of the UJ Library when doing a Google or Google Scholar search. Access Library content wherever and whenever you need it. Visit this Lean Library Libguide for more information, how to download it and instructional videos.
  • Subject and Faculty specific Library Guides can be found here. Library guides on various topics, including plagiarism, copyright, e-books, OpenAccess, Lean Library and more can be found here.
  • For assistance with Referencing, visit these guides; Refworks or Mendeley.
  • Online library training sessions and videos on how to access and use the library resources are available here.
  • Access to online Library resources (on the Database list)
  • Access managment is either via WAM or via OpenAthens. If it is via OpenAthens there will be a note next to the Database title in the Database list.
    1. WAM Access to Online Library Services/Resources (Online databases, “My UJLink”, UJoogle, Electronic Course Reserves and Interlibrary Loans)
      • Use your UJ Email password and your UJ username (Staff) or UJ student number (Campus Option) OR
      • Use the current Library Option (i.e. Surname, UJ ID & Library PIN)
    2. OpenAthens Access to Online Resources (Online databases, UJoogle):
      Access online Library resources by using your UJ username (Staff) or UJ student number, and your UJ Email password.
      For more information on access using OpenAthens, visit this OpenAthens Guide.

Online training sessions (via Zoom or MSTeams) and Youtube videos

See a complete list of the current postgraduate and undergraduate online training sessions, e.g. How to find a journal article; How to download an ebook, How to search with UJoogle, How to reference, etc.

Or watch the short “How to” videos on Youtube listed here.

Assignment and Research support

Contact your Faculty /Information librarian for any library related support.
Visit the Faculty or Subject specific LibGuides for subject support or the LibGuides covering various useful topics, including plagiarism, copyright, e-books, OpenAccess, Lean Library and more.
For assistance with Referencing, visit these guides; Refworks or Mendeley.
Contact your Faculty or Information librarian for assignment and research support online via Zoom or MSTeams appointments or email. Contact details:
Faculty Name Contact

CBE: Ester De Broize
Madumella Mofokeng
Fikiswa Mgengo
Michael Sifile

Education: Mirriam Mabalane
Dudu Tshabalala

FADA: Yvonne Bucwa

FEBE: Sello Borephe
Desiree Mokgosi

Health Sciences: Dorcas Rathaba
Mlungisi Dlamini

Humanities: Dawie Jacobs

Law: Lizette van Zyl
Catrin ver Loren van Themaat

Science: Pavlinka Kovatcheva

Undergraduate Teaching and Learning: Elize du Toit

Postgraduate/Research support: Ivy Segoe

COVID-19 Information

UJ COVID-19 information

Official COVID-19 website (South Africa)

Your health: Advice for students and staff.

  • To contact Campus Health, phone 011 559 4927
  • How is the library ensuring that students and staff are safe and not exposed to the virus?
    By ensuring that staff work on a rotational basis. The students must wear their masks at all times and sit 1.5 metres apart.
  • The library also accepts a limited number of students – each library will only have 60% occupancy at any given time
  • What can I do if I see someone displaying symptoms of Covid 19?
    You can inform staff at the info or circulation desk as well as security services
  • Where can students and staff go for mental health and anxiety support?
    You can contact PSYCAD, email or phone 011 559 1314

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