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Alumni Guide: In-Library Access & Services

This guide is developed to assist our UP Alumni community.

Mart Muller

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Mart Muller
Access & Lending Specialist
Merensky 2 Library
+27 (0)12 420 3160

University of Pretoria Alumni Members

All Alumni have limited access to free online resources

In-Library Wireless Access

Alumni and who wish to use their own laptops while visiting campus have access to the UP wireless network.  The UP wireless network does not allow access to most of the databases available on the workstations except databases in Open Access. 

For queries related to the UP WiFi network, please send an email to:

Services for Alumni with Special Needs

Facilities for users with physical and learning disabilities

A designated lab on level 3 of the Merensky 2 Library (Study Collection Unit) houses equipment intended to serve users with visual learning disabilities. This lab currently has 4 computers:

  • One computer using Zoomtext for alumni with low vision.
  • Two computers using JAWS (Job Access With Speech), one of which is connected to a fine reader scanner, for blind users.
  • One Desk Magnifier enlarging words from books/articles for visually impaired users.
  • One computer using WYNN (WYNN was developed with the help of special educators and individuals with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dysgraphia and aphasia) for users with cognitive and learning disabilities.
  • The WYNN program is also effective for studying use by users suffering from ADHD or Dyslexia, as it facilitates the reading process and helps the student make effective summaries.
  • Desks have been installed on the prescribed level that can accommodate users in wheelchairs.
  • There is also a printer available in the lab.

Contact the Disability Unit for assistance


  • Alumni to the University will not be able to login to any University networked computers.  
  • Alumni should report to the information desk in order to gain access to one of the community access workstations.
  • Please be aware that desk space is limited and priority will always be given to staff and students of the University.
  • Please bring your own device if possible.

Scanning, Printing, & Copying

No scanning, copying or printing facilities are available to Alumni.