The Library and Information Service renders a free interlibrary loan service to all staff members (including SU pensioners) and registered and prospective postgraduate students of the University. Material is reciprocally provided to all institutional members of the Southern African interlibrary loan system and to any international library wishing to use this service.
The service hours of the Interlibrary Loans Division in the JS Gericke Library are:
Monday to Friday: 09:30 to 16:30
It is important to check SUNSearch
and the alphabetical list of e-journals
to ensure that the required item is not in the collection of the SU Library and Information Service.
How to submit requests
Requests for material may be submitted by way of direct electronic requesting
, printed request forms, fax or e-mail
. Clients may request items identified in the national database (SACAT) via Sabinet Online
. For detailed instructions on direct electronic requesting, please consult the user interface manual. Printed request forms are available at the interlibrary loan section in the JS Gericke Library and at the respective branch libraries.
Journals, reference material and rare books are generally not available on loan. Instead, a photocopy of a journal article or chapter of a book will be supplied by the lending library.
Interlending material must be collected at the lending sections of the central or branch libraries.
Should an item be required urgently, this should be indicated on the request form.
If a desired item cannot be located in the national database clients will receive notification by means of written notice or e-mail, indicating the additional cost of an international request. In order for the interlibrary loan staff to search for an item internationally, the request should be resubmitted, clearly identifying it as an overseas or international request.
JS Gericke Library
Private Bag X5036
Tel: +27 21 808 4872
Fax: +27 21 808 4336
ARIEL IP: 22.214.171.124
Interlibrary loan enquiries and requests may also be directed to the respective branch libraries.
Although the interlibrary loan service is provided to students and staff of the University free of charge, the following fees are charged for document delivery:
Books: Free of charge
Articles: 40c per page
Fax: R1-00 per page
Articles: varied pricing (quoted)
If the interlending fee is afforded by your academic department, please complete the Interlending Requisition Form
(PDF 30 kb) and return a signed copy to the Interlending Section.
Service to international libraries
International libraries wishing to request articles and/or conference papers from the SU Library and Information Service may do so by submitting a request by mail, e-mail
, fax or by means of OCLC. Documents are generally delivered via Ariel. All material supplied will be accompanied by an invoice for the amount due, which may be paid by cheque, payable to Stellenbosch University, in Rand currency or by way of IFLA vouchers. (Please note: Libraries participating in the IFLA voucher scheme should indicate so, along with the initial request for the desired item in order to facilitate the billing procedure). The SU Library and Information Service does not lend books to international requesters. Requests for Stellenbosch University dissertations and research papers will be satisfied by digitising the specific item and supplying the persistent URL handle.