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Access and Lending: Borrowing


Your relevant student / staff / external user card identifies you for borrowing.
See registration for borrowing, access and privileges.
The Library reserves the right to shorten the normal loan period or to recall library material before the due date when the material is urgently required by other users. This will only be done if you have renewed more than once.
The borrowing privileges and e-access of any borrower (including interlending records and libraries) who fails to return items to the library or who fails to pay fines or costs owing, will be withdrawn or suspended.

See borrowing privileges under each category if in doubt.


Prescribed Textbooks
Only registered students may borrow these books.
The borrowing period is only two hours.
When returned late (even part of an hour) fines will be allocated to the student’s library record. A different fine structure is applicable for these books.

Borrowing History: 

Please activate the borrowing history on your My Library Account for later reference. It will only be available from date of activation. 

Different borrowing privileges apply to the different categories of users:


User Groups Books Days e-Access off Campus ILL IS* Assistance
Under-graduates 6 items 14 days Y Only books from UP libraries Learning Centre only
4th - 6th year 10 items 21 days Y Only books from UP libraries Learning Centre only
Honors students 10 items 21 days Y Y Y
UP Masters & Doctorate 15 items 30 days Y Y Y
Permanent academic staff 30 items 60 days Y Y Y
Part time academic staff 20 items 30 days Y Y Y
Permanent & part time support staff 10 items 30 days Y Y Y
Retired UP staff 20 items 30 days Y N Limited
Post doctoral fellows 20 items 30 days Y Y Y
Tuks Alumni Premium** 2 items 14 days N N Limited
Tuks Alumni Gold** None N N N N
Chelsa** 6 items 14 days N N N
ARC** 10 items 21 days N N N
Embassy staff** 4 items 14 days N N N
External Users** 6 items 14 days N N N
E@UP 4 items 14 days N N N

*IS = Information Specialist

**External users who want to join the library should contact the library before visiting arrangements are made. Please call +27 12 420 5240.

Day visitors should sent an email to / prior to the visit to receive information regarding the visit. An access PIN will be created for the specific date. See rules for day visitors.

User groups who do not have access to the e-resources off campus, can enquire at the Information Desk for assistance to access them in the library. Extra services are available at additional cost.

All material can be borrowed for the above periods except material from the different special collections, where different policies apply.

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