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The University of Pretoria’s Department of Library Services (DLS) features an expansive and comprehensive information service for the University's students and staff.

An integral part of the University of Pretoria’s core values is teaching, learning and research. By providing world-class library services and collections that are responsive to a rapidly changing world, the Department of Library Services (DLS) supports core research and guidance principles across academia.

The Department of Library Services (DLS) focuses on supporting the learning needs of scholars and academics in the Learning Centre and provides customised research support through its faculty libraries and two research commons, Merensky 2 Library Research Commons and Groenkloof Research Commons, to facilitate information and knowledge management in the context of the University's core business.

The Merensky 2 Library is comprised of the Learning Centre [Link to Learning Centre], Special Collections Unit [Link to Special Collections], Library Technical Services [Link to Library Technical Services] and the following faculty libraries: Economic & Management Sciences; Natural & Agricultural Sciences;Engineering & Built Environment; Humanities (including Music); Theology.

The other faculty libraries include the Oliver R. Tambo Law Library, the Education Library (Groenkloof), the Mamelodi Library, the Jotello F. Soga Library for Veterinary Science and the Health Sciences Libraries (Medical Library, Basic Medical Sciences & Dentistry Library, Klinikala, Weskoppies and Witbank) which are spread across five locations.

The Department of Library Services strives to be a leader in providing information and knowledge management for academic excellence. Therefore, in addition to the traditional library services, the Library offers a holistic e-service to its users, including e-books, e-journals, an institutional repository, customised web pages, full-text digitised local collections, a digital reference service and a MakerSpace.

  • The Department of Library Services will enable discovery, innovation and collaboration, and connects people with quality resources, expertise and diverse spaces. It will support student success, enable research that matters, and bring people together to experiment, explore and create new knowledge in an accessible and enabling environment.

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  • "This country has given me so much that I am only too happy to be allowed to help it to develop and to be able to give back to it a fraction of what it has given to me..." - Hans Merensky, at the opening of the Merensky Library.

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  • Even when you think you're lost, our expert librarians are here to answer your questions and help connect you to the resources you need to get your work done. At the helm, you'll find some of the most dedicated, educated staff on campus.

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Annual Reports and Reviews

Interested in a deeper look into the annual proceedings at the library? The annual reports are available to access for various accessibility reasons. This is a useful resource for many who may need it and features interesting snippets of library data across campus, as well as interesting developments in terms of digitisation of many resources and accessibility portals.
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DLS Strategic Plan

The Department of Library Services (DLS) strives to give effect to the UP2025 strategy by positioning the Library within the teaching, learning, research and social responsibility agenda of the University. The DLS will pursue strategies and initiatives that support the evolving needs of our user communities.
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Code of Conduct

As a student, staff member and South African citizen, you have a basic right to information. The Department of Library Services supports the principle of humans being autonomous and dependent on information to make meaningful decisions. 

Learn more about the UP libraries’ core Code of Conduct that keeps everything up and running. 
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Rules & Regulations

As is the case on the physical campus of the University of Pretoria, the library grounds are conducted in a particular way. Some basic rules and regulations are in place to ensure people's safety and academic freedom. 

Learn more about the UP libraries’ core rules and regulations that keeps everything up and running.  
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Library At a Glance

In line with our mission, the University of Pretoria’s Department of Library Services strives to be a leader in providing information and knowledge management for academic excellence.  Therefore, in addition to traditional library services, the library offers a holistic e-service to its users, including e-books, e-journals, an institutional repository, customised web pages, full-text digitised local collections, a digital reference service and a MakerSpace.  

As part of its journey to advance in the digital era, the libraries have been immersed in the latest digital tools and technologies. This commitment is embodied in its first robot staffer that joined the libraries in 2019, called Libby.  Libby is an artificial intelligence (AI)-driven robotic aid who has taken up residence in the Merensky 2 Library, where she assists with various enquiries and interacts directly with clients. This AI platform builds upon the library’s re-conceptualisation of its role as a library for the digital world.  Related to this, the library provides access to innovative digital technologies through its now well-established MakerSpace facility, where design and 3D printing have become part of the library’s services.

As part of its journey to truly embrace the 21st century, the library prides itself on redefining academic librarianship by immersing itself in some of the latest tools and technologies.

  • 628 349

    Printed books available

    541 991

    Licensed eBooks available

    • 9 Libraries
    • 71 464 Items on UPSpace
    • 3 409 Items on Figshare
    • 5 Research Commons

185 778 eJournals


The Department of Library Services provides access to 185 778 eJournals.

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