Contact usYou can contact the Library for assistance through our online reference service, Ask a Librarian ,and via Twitter and Facebook. Faculty Librarians can be emailed or called directly for information services and research support. As far as possible library telephone numbers have been forwarded to staff's cell phone numbers.
Access to e-resources (electronic databases, journals and library catalogue)Access to e-resources will be available remotely as always. Clients will be prompted to sign in with their campus username and password. If they experience any problems with their passwords, they can consult this library guide and/or contact IT for assistance.
Problems experienced with electronic databases and journals can be reported to the Manager: E-Resources.
Renewing booksThe Library's catalogue (Primo) and clients' library records will be available remotely. The due date of library books due during the lockdown period will be changed to 17 April 2020. Thereafter, books may be renewed online to further extend their loan period if users are not able to return them immediately.
This guide can be consulted to see which free e-resources were made available by publishers.
Interlibrary loansResearchers and students will be able to continue to request articles via Interlibrary Loans.
Please use the following contact details or complete the ILL request form on the library website. We will do our very best to locate it and forward it to you.
Stellenbosch University LibraryBellville Park Campus LibraryMedicine and Health Sciences LibraryMusic LibraryEngineering and Forestry LibraryTheology Library
Short loansShort loans will unfortunately not be available. Please search the Library's catalogue for an electronic version of the book. You are also welcome to consult the COVID-19 Resources: Freely available e-resources guide to see which other free e-resources are available or contact your faculty librarian.
Open Access Publication Fund applications This service will continue as usual, subject to the availability of funds, and any enquiries can be directed to the Manager: E-Resources.
Online assistance by Faculty LibrariansContact Faculty Librarians by e-mail for reference service or any other assistance. They will also be able to have one-on-one meetings with clients by means of Skype or Microsoft Teams should more in-depth assistance be needed. Assistance will include all services such as bibliometric services, book orders, training material on SUNLearn for students, etc.
Enquiries could also be directed via Ask a Librarian and the Library Guides can be consulted for assistance for specific departments or information on research support.
Research support servicesThe following arrangements are in place for all research support services:
For any Research Data Management queries, information on data management plans or uploading of data to SUNScholarData, please visit the RDM webpage, SUNScholarData LibGuide, or contact the Manager: Research Data Services or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For all research queries related to Special Collections (Africana, Rare Books and Manuscript Collections), please contact the Head: Special Collections or alternatively make use of our 24-hour online reference service, Ask a Librarian.
For assistance in accessing items in SUNScholar, such as theses and dissertations or research articles, please contact email@example.com.
For assistance in terms of self-archiving your research output in SUNScholar, please contact the Digital Scholarship Librarian.
For assistance with journal management on SUNJournals, please contact the Digital Scholarship Librarian.
The Manager: Research Impact Services will be able to assist with generic research support such as advanced bibliometric services, unique author identification with ORCID, advice on publishing and how to increase your impact as a researcher.
For assistance with general research support, such as referencing and reference managers, and the formatting of theses and dissertations, you can contact the Head: Research Commons.
#SmartResearcher WorkshopsScheduled Library workshops are continuing in the form of online webinars (by means of Adobe Connect or Microsoft Teams) or recordings where a webinar is not possible. Clients may continue to register for these workshops and relevant staff will distribute information on how to connect to the webinars.
Off-campus document deliveryLibrary staff will be at home with no access to printed books and journals. Our off-campus document delivery service is therefore suspended.
Returning booksNo books have to be returned during the lockdown period.
Due to the latest developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and the necessity for social distancing to keep the infection curve down, a decision has been made to close all library buildings from Saturday, 21 March 2020 until further notice. Library staff will continue to provide services and resources to support students and staff, as outlined below.
You can contact the Library for assistance through our 24-hour online reference service, Ask a Librarian, by telephone and via Twitter and Facebook. Faculty Librarians can be emailed or called directly for information services.
The Library's electronic resources remain fully accessible via the library website, on and off-campus. For guidance in accessing e-resources, make use of the Off-campus access for Stellenbosch registered users guide.
Please consult the Coronavirus (COVID-19): Library services and contacts guide for information regarding freely available resources.
Some publishers have lifted restrictions on the use of their material during this period. For example, all 700 Cambridge University Press textbooks will be freely available until 31 May 2020.
Information services, information literacy and research support
Consult the Find, access and use information effectively: a step-by-step guide and refer to library guides.
Consult the Library's training calendar and book to participate in a library webinar. Scheduled library training sessions from the 30 March will be provided as online or recorded sessions. Your Faculty Librarian or trainer will communicate with you.
Library books can be renewed online (twice per item, unless someone else has requested the item).
Off-campus document delivery
If you need books from the Library and would rather remain at home, register for off-campus document delivery so that the books can be couriered to you. Scans of journal articles and chapters from books in printed format can also be emailed to you.
You may prefer to return your library books after hours without social contact. Make use of the book returns deposit box at the entrance to each library to return your books.
Stellenbosch University announced 16 March that all lectures are suspended from 17 March and that the second term is scheduled to start on 30 March 2020 via online instruction. Read moreDuring this time - 17-30 March - the libraries of the Library and Information Service will remain open but with reduced hours. SU Library, USBL (Bellville Park Campus Library) and Medicine & Health Sciences Library:Mondays – Fridays: 08:00 – 17:30Saturdays: 10:00 – 13:00Sundays and public holidays: ClosedMusic, Theology and Engineering & Forestry Libraries:Mondays – Fridays: 08:00 – 16:30Saturdays: ClosedSundays and public holidays: Closed
The Library and Information Service, Stellenbosch University, together with the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA), is celebrating South African Library Week (SALW) between 16 and 22 March 2020. The theme of SALW is Libraries: your partners for life.
Partner with your Library to create: Keep an eye out for our MakerSpace, coming soon.
Partner with your Library to learn: During SA Library Week, the SU Library has a number of training events scheduled. Book your seat now.
Partner with your Library to explore: Visit Special Collections at the SU and Music Libraries or visit our digital collections.
Partner with your Library to share: SU researchers are encouraged to share and disseminate their research data in accordance with good research data management practices using the institutional SUNScholarData repository.
Pay us a visit and learn more about our services and how we are partnering with you.
Date: 6 March 2020Time: 12:00-13:00Venue: Auditorium, Stellenbosch University LibraryTickets: R65 @ Computicket / R85 @ venue
Andries Visagie, Steward van Wyk and MC Botha talk about the work and life of our very own Sestiger “strandloper”, Jan Rabie, whose ground-breaking collection of short stories, 21, would prove to be the catalyst for the “Sestigers” movement in Afrikaans.
Participants are invited to view the comprehensive collection of Jan’s manuscripts, notebooks, letters, photos and personal diaries after the discussion.
The #SmartResearcher training programme is aligned with the Research Process. The first step in the Research Process is PLAN AND DESIGN YOUR RESEARCH.
Library invites postgraduate students and staff to these series of
workshops, which will be presented mostly during March 2020. The
topics will include a general induction to the Library for new
postgraduate students and staff, workshops on how to find information,
using Google optimally, the literature search, the literature review and
Between 11 and 17 March registered students and researchers will have online access to Improving your literature search strategy via SUNLearn. Please see more information and links to the booking forms under Plan and Design on our #SmartResearcher webpage. Book now to secure your place!
Stellenbosch University is proud to host the 15th International Open Repositories Conference (OR2020) at the Spier Conference Centre from 1 – 4 June 2020. This annual conference explores the global challenges and opportunities of managing, making accessible, and maintaining scholarly and cultural publications, and data.You are warmly invited to participate in the conference. Registration is now open. Please see the conference website for further information.
AIP Publishing lives by a promise to researchers:
to ensure that all findings with the potential to advance the physical sciences
are presented, promoted, and permanently available as the building blocks of
Staff and students can access this resource on
the Library’s Databases A-Z list.
Please contact your faculty librarian if you have any questions regarding this or other electronic
The #SmartResearcher training programme is aligned with the Research Process. The second step in the Research Process is Collect and Capture.
The Library invites postgraduate students, researchers and staff to these two workshops: Introduction to Research Data Management and Data sharing and dissemination.
The first Mendeley workshop, Mendeley for referencing and academic networking, will also take place during February 2020.
Please see more information and links to the booking forms under Collect and Capture on our #SmartResearcher webpage.
Book now to secure your place!
A Makerspace Open Day will be
presented in the SU
Library Wednesday 5 February - Friday 7 February between 9:00 and
15:00 for all students and staff. The Open Day will offer the
opportunity to get an overview of which services will be on offer
in the Makerspace. Ask for directions at the GetSmart desk near the
entrance of the SU Library.
Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service, Helpline Numbers: +27 21 808 4883, Corp Office / Postal Address: Private Bag X5036 Stellenbosch, 7599