The Library and Information Service is pleased to announce that some of its branches are open for limited service to clients from 6 July 2020. The branches that are open are: SU Library, Engineering and Forestry Library, Medicine and Health Sciences Library and Music Library. During this period, permitted clients will be able to make pre-booked visits to the four libraries. Read the full details about the opening hours and services that are offered here.
The annual Library Research Week will be presented online
for the first time this year during
the week of 24-28 August 2020. The theme is " Going for research gold in
2020" and you can look forward to various interesting presentations.
The final programme will be made available soon.
Hendriksz, e-mail or tel: 021 808
SUNScholar will open on 1 June to receive new nominations for the December 2020 graduation period. Guidelines for submission into SUNScholar is available at Library
Help < Thesis/dissertation submission page and General
Yearbook 2020 for policy guidelines.
Take note that 2 December 2020 is the
final date for the submission of theses/dissertations for the December 2020 graduation.
The electronic submission need to be finalised by 2 December 2020 (before midnight). Any theses/dissertations not submitted before the cut-off date will have to be submitted in
next year for the March 2021 graduation.
What is available?The library buildings may be closed, but access to subscribed e-resources continue to be available remotely via the Library website. This includes e-journals, e-books, e-reference works and e-databases. Please contact your Faculty Librarian or consult the Library Guides for assistance related to specific subjects or information on research support.
E-booksThe Library and Information Service purchases e-books from various publishers, but some publishers sell their e-books to individuals only and do not allow libraries to purchase their books in an electronic format. Textbooks are especially problematic and are generally not available on platforms that academic libraries have access to.
Some of the e-books and e-book websites only allow access to a limited number of Stellenbosch University members at the same time. You will get a message that the book is not available, and you will have to try again later. However, in the time of COVID-19, some providers (such as Ebook Central and Ebsco Ebooks) have granted unlimited access to titles that SU have purchased access to on their website.
Consult the E-book LibGuide for more information regarding e-books. Students may find the section on “Downloading and printing SU e-books" especially valuable, as these are different for each e-book platform.
Free materialOn the COVID-19 LibGuide you will find lists of e-journals, e-books and other material on which publishers have lifted restrictions during this period. Please note that this is a temporary arrangement and that access to some of these resources may expire as early as the end of May 2020.
Sharing of materialIf you want to share a book (or an article or book chapter) with your students on SUNLearn, make sure that you use a permanent link and not the URL in the URL bar. The permanent link will be in the form of a Permalink or a DOI.
Please note: Copyright permission/reporting is not required if a link to an electronic resource is placed on SUNLearn/SUNOnline. However, reporting the use of third party content (e.g. articles or book chapters in PDF) in class notes / course material via CHEC is still required. See memo and presentation regarding copyright clearance:
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 4 May 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.
Assignment HelpThe Find, access and use information effectively: a step-by-step guide and training tutorials & videos will empower you to find academic information specific to your studies or research. It will also assist you to question and evaluate information, show you how to reference, to comply with copyright and avoid plagiarism. For subject specific help with your assignment consult your subject library guide, contact your faculty librarian or use Ask a Librarian.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service, Helpline Numbers: +27 21 808 4883, Corp Office / Postal Address: Private Bag X5036 Stellenbosch, 7599