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Access to NWU Libraries and Databases

NWU students and staff

Prospective M and PhD students

Members of the public

  • External members who wish to borrow material or use the physical library spaces must apply for the services by completing our External membership application form. The completed form may be handed in at one of our Lending desks or sent to us via email.
  • Membership fees and conditions:

     

    Membership Fees and Conditions
    Alumni R400,00 (Subscription: January - December with lending rights) + R80,00 (Diverse access card - payments must be paid to Security Services)
    Please provide a copy of your ID document and recent proof of residence. The library will obtain evidence from the Alumni Office.
    Borrowing privileges, no database access.
    Community R1200,00 (Subscription: January - December with lending rights) + R80,00 (Diverse access card - fees must be paid to Security Services)
    Please provide a copy of your ID document and recent proof of residence.
    Borrowing privileges, no database access.
    Day User R50,00 (per day)
    No borrowing benefits and no database access.
    Staff may assist with catalogue searches and photocopies. 
    Short courses R200,00 - Diverse card provided by course organiser.
    No borrowing privileges and no database access.
    UNISA Your department arranges for diverse access cards and guest registration on ITP.
    No borrowing benefits, do have access to databases.

Click here for a complete list of our user categories and services.

Access to other University Libraries - Letter of Introduction

Masters and PhD students can apply for a letter of introduction to another University Library. Please complete the Letter of introduction application form. The completed form may be handed in at one of our Lending desks or sent to us via email.

My Patron(library) record

From your Library Record, you can access the following pages:

  • checked out items - see your current loans and renew them if possible
  • overdue items and charges - details of fines issued by the library
  • requested items - items you requested on hold, intercampus requests and Interlibrary Loans.
  • restrictions and messages. For full details of restrictions and messages, inquire at your nearest Loan Services desk.
  • borrowing history
  • search activity
  • saved searches
  • saved items and saved lists
  • profile information - to view your contact information

North-West University staff and students log in with their CAS username and password. Read more about your CAS username and password.

External users please use the username and password provided by Loan Services.

When you use a public computer, please remember to sign out when you have finished using your Library account to keep your searches and personal details private.

User categories - How many books can I take out, and for how long?

Membership Category Number of items Loan period (days) Database Access Help with Information Searches Interlibrary Loans
Undergraduates 6 14 Yes Information Commons No
4th-year degree and Honours students 10 30 Yes Honours Commons Yes
Post-graduates (M and Ph.D.) 15 30 Yes Research Commons & Faculty Librarians Yes
Academic staff 20 90 Yes Research Commons & Faculty Librarians Yes
Support staff 10 30 Yes Information Commons Yes
Managerial & Professional staff 15 90 Yes Information Commons Yes
Alumni (with borrowing rights) 4 14 No Information desk No
Community members 2 14 No Information desk No

Click here for a complete list of our user categories and services.

Borrowing, Renewing and Returning Books

Can you borrow books?

All registered staff and students of the North-West University may borrow books from any of our campus libraries. Please be sure to present your university card for all borrowing transactions.

  • You can borrow books from the following:
    • Loan Services desk
      You can check out, renew and return books, pay fines, pick up your holds, and more at this desk.  They are usually located near the main entrance of each library.
    • Self-checkout machine
      ​​Self-service machines are available at all our main campus libraries. If you encounter any problems, please go to the Loan Services desk. You will NOT be able to use the self-checkout machine: 
      • to borrow items without a barcode
      • to borrow books that are "Non - circulating", e.g. Reference items
      • if your University card has expired
      • if you have a block on your University card
      • if your item has been invoiced for the replacement cost
      • if you have overdue charges over R10.00
      • to renew a book if another user requests it

Manual on how to use the machine at the Potchefstroom Campus.

  • You are responsible for all items issued on your University card.
  • If an item you want is out on loan, you can request it using the holds service provided by the Loans Counter. The library may ask you to return books earlier than their expiry date if the specific item(s) is highly in demand.
  • If an item you want to borrow is not on the shelves, please report it to the Loan Services desk. The Library staff will search for the item and place a hold on it for you. If we cannot find the item, we will change the item's status to missing on the catalogue.

Borrowing books during recess

  • If you are going on vacation and have books on your record, or plan on taking out new books before going away, kindly ask the Loan Services staff at any of the libraries to adjust the expiry dates to when the new term starts.
  • You can also renew your books online.
  • Please see the Library website for our operating hours.

Email reminder notices

  • North-West University staff and students
    • Notices from the Library about recalled items, hold requests awaiting collection, inter-campus requests, and overdue items will be sent to you by email and SMS. Please ensure that Campus Administration has your correct email address and cell phone number.
  • Other members of the library
    • Notices from the library about recalled items, hold requests awaiting collection, and overdue items will be sent to you by email or SMS if you provide an email address and cell phone number when you register.
  • If you do not have an email address, notices will be sent to you by post.
  • If there is an item in your loan record that you are sure you have not borrowed, please contact the Loan Services desk immediately so we can investigate.

How to renew books?

Note that:

  • Only two renewals per book are allowed.
  • Items requested by another library user can not be renewed. Please return the requested book as soon as possible. Requested books returned after the expiry date will incur a recall fine plus an additional fine if also overdue.
  • Items from our reserve collection may not be renewed.
  • Items from interlibrary loans are renewed separately. Please get in touch with your interlibrary loan staff for more information on renewing interlibrary loan books.

Use one of the following methods to renew your books:

  • Items may be renewed via the web. Go to your library record to renew your books.
  • Use a self-checkout machine. Please note that you will not be allowed to renew your books online or via the self-checkout machine:
    • on the date of expiry
    • if your books are already overdue
    • if you have outstanding fines over R10.00
    • if you have already renewed the book twice
    • if your patron record/university card has expired
    • if another user has requested the item
  • Visit your nearest Loan Services desk and provide your card. Ask the staff to renew the items for you.
  • Items may be renewed via telephone or email.

How to return books?

You can return books via the following:

  • Loan Services desk
  • Self-checkout machine
    When you use the machine to return books, please take your receipt, which proves the return transaction has been successful.
  • Book bin (dropbox) next to the Main Library entrance. 
  • Postal service
    Mahikeng: Books may be returned via courier services with prior arrangement. Please get in touch with Nomzingisi Madikane at +27 (0)16 389 2198 if you need help.
    Potchefstroom: Per registered post to the North-West University: Ferdinand Postma Library, Loan Services, Private Bag X05, Noordbrug, 2522. 
    Vanderbijlpark: Per registered post to the North-West University: Vanderbijlpark Library, Loan Services, PO Box 1174, Vanderbijlpark, 1900.

Books must be returned by the date/time stamped on the date label in the book or as printed on the receipt if you use the self-checkout machine. Overdue items are liable for a fine. You are responsible for all items issued on your University card.

 

Library Fines
Overdue items: Open Collection R1,00 (per item per day)
Overdue items: Course Reserve and Study Collection R3,00 (per item per hour)
Overdue items: Interlibrary Loan (ILL) R10,00 (per item per day)
Lost books R150,00 admin fee + the replacement cost of the book

Self-Check machine

  • ​​Self-service machines are available at all our main campus libraries. If you encounter any problems, please go to the Loan Services desk. You will NOT be able to use the self-checkout machine: 
    • to borrow items without a barcode
    • to borrow books that are "Non - circulating", e.g. Reference items
    • if your University card has expired
    • if you have a block on your University card
    • if your item has been invoiced for the replacement cost
    • if you have overdue charges over R10.00
    • to renew a book if another user requests it
  • Manual on how to use the machine at the Potchefstroom Campus.

Fines

  • Return or renew your loans on or before the due date.
  • Avoid giving your loans to anyone else to return. You will be held liable, not them.
  • Treat your university card as a credit card. Report it immediately if lost or stolen. Do not let others use it.
  • Remember: if you share your Library items with others, you will be responsible for any fines, losses or damages incurred.
  • If there is an item in your loan record that you are sure you have not borrowed, please contact the Loan Services desk immediately so we can investigate.

 

Library Fines
Overdue items: Open Collection R1,00 (per item per day)
Overdue items: Course Reserve and Study Collection R3,00 (per item per hour)
Overdue items: Interlibrary Loan (ILL) R10,00 (per item per day)
Lost books R150,00 admin fee + the replacement cost of the book

Postal/Courier Service: M and PhD. Students

Notice -  PC: Courier services are closed from 7 December 2022 and will reopen on 23 January 2023.

The dispatching of books, journal articles, and other library materials may be arranged for all Master and Doctoral students at the Potchefstroom and Vanderbijlpark campuses of the NWU. The service is currently not available for Mahikeng students.

For further information in connection with these services, please get in touch with your lending desk.

  • Mahikeng: Books may be returned via courier services with prior arrangement. Please contact Nomzingisi Madikane at +27 (0)16 389 2198 for assistance.
  • Potchefstroom: Please return borrowed books per registered post to the North-West University: Ferdinand Postma Library, Private Bag X05, NOORDBRUG, 2522, South Africa. Contact Martin Nokoane at +27 (0)18 285 2422 for assistance.
  • Vanderbijlpark: Please return borrowed books per registered post to the North-West University: Vanderbijlpark Library, PO Box 1174, VANDERBIJLPARK, 1900, South Africa. Contact Malose Langa at +27 (0)16 910 3042 for assistance.

Course Reserves/Electronic Course Reserves (ECR)

 

Course Reserves

Hard copies of books/material are placed in the Course Reserve section of the library upon recommendation from the lecturer to be used in the library.

  • The loan period usually is 2 hours at a time.
  • To see the material, you can search by Course Code or Instructor.  

 

Electronic Course Reserves (ECR)

ECR makes electronic copies of study material available to students. This service is only available at the Ferdinand Postma Library.

How can I access electronic documents that have been placed on reserve?

  • You can search by Course Code or Instructor
  • Click on the title that you wish to view, e.g. View or Print; //Title
  • Type your name, university number and PIN
  • The reserved material will appear on the screen and can then be printed or saved

How to place items on Electronic Course Reserve

  • Advantages of ECR
    • Study material is available for the whole group. Therefore the book/material is not only available to one student at a time.
    • ECR is not confined to a building; it is a virtual library.
    • It promotes the principle of e-learning.
    • Material cannot be damaged.
    • Material cannot be lost or stolen.
    • Information can also be made available on lecturers’ eFundi websites via a link to the reserved material.
    • The complete list of reserved materials does not need to be indicated in the study guide. It only has to indicate that reserved material can be found on the library’s website by clicking on the relevant links. Consequently, study guides do not have to be altered or updated when the material is removed or added. 
  • Procedures
    • Provide the library with a decent, legible copy for scanning. It can either be a hard copy or an electronic copy.
    • Enough time is needed to apply for copyright, scan the article, and to load it onto the appropriate course reserves module.
    • The lecturer will be notified as soon as the process is completed to resolve any possible problems, conduct quality management, and, if necessary, make changes.
    • When the process is finished, registered students will have 24/7 access to information from anywhere in the world.

 

Enquiries can be addressed to

Requests(Holds)

Staff and students can place Requests(Holds) via the Library Catalog on books another user has taken out. 

Intercampus Resource Sharing - Borrowing books from other NWU libraries

 

  • Create an Intercampus Request by completing one of the forms on this page.
  • Journal articles, content pages and index pages are scanned and sent by email to the requesting user.
  • You will receive a notification to pick up your resources once it has arrived at your home library.
  • Working days/hours are from Monday - Friday from 7:30 - 4:30 and do not include weekends.
  • Books to Mahikeng:

    • Books from Potchefstroom Libraries take 3-7 working days to arrive in Mahikeng.
    • Books from Vanderbijlpark Library take 7-10 working days to arrive in Mahikeng.
    • For more information, contact Itumeleng Kolodi at 018 389 2419 or Emilio Stuurman at 018 389 2115.
  • Books to Potchefstroom: Ferdinand Postma Library and branch libraries

    • Books from Mahikeng Library take 3-7 working days to arrive in Potchefstroom.
    • Books from Vanderbijlpark Library take 72 hours to arrive in Potchefstroom.
    • Books between the Ferdinand Postma and branch libraries will be ready for pick up at your home library after 24 hours.
    • For more information, contact:
  • Books to Vanderbijlpark

    • Books from Mahikeng Library take 7-10 working days to arrive in Vanderbijlpark.
    • Books from Potchefstroom Libraries take 72 hours to arrive in Vanderbijlpark.
    • For more information, contact Daniel Monyamane at 016 910 3044 or Siyabonga Sithole at 016 910 3044.

Interlibrary Loans - Request items from other universities

Interlibrary Loans (ILL) provide a service to postgraduate M & PhD students, staff and researchers by obtaining material not owned by the North-West University Libraries. Read more about our ILL service.

Book Collections

Short Loan Services

  • Library materials in these collections can only be loaned out for a short period.
  • They can be used inside the library during the day or overnight. If these materials are borrowed overnight, they must be returned an hour after the Library opens in the morning; otherwise, a hefty fee will be charged, and you may be blocked from using the overnight service for an extended period.
  • Short loans consist of Course Reserves and Study collection.

Course Reserves

Course Reserves are the reading materials/items prescribed by a lecturer for specific modules. Depending on the resource, they can be accessed online through the Course Reserve link or in person at the relevant campus library. Check your tutorial guidelines, or contact your lecturer for information about where your assigned course readings are located.

  • Course Reserves at the Library
    Lecturers can set aside physical items such as books and other course readings in the Course Reserve section of a library on any campus.
  • Electronic Course Reserves (ECR)
    Lecturers can make the assigned course materials available online through Electronic Course Reserves. These materials may include articles, book sections, study guides, exam papers, memorandums, notes and media resources. Please note that copyright law limits what may be made available online.

Study Collection

  • The Study collection is usually situated next to the reserved sources and is made available in the same manner as reserved physical items. This collection includes sources that your study guide refers to as recommended and prescribed sources and one additional copy of books in high demand.

Open Shelf Collection

  • Contains the bulk of the library's collections. Subject-specific material, both old and new, is available and may be borrowed by any NWU user. The period you can borrow these sources depends on your lending category.

Reference Collection

  • This collection consists of materials designed to be consulted for a quick reference rather than read from cover to cover. For this reason, they can't be borrowed and may only be used in the library. Examples include encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacks, pharmacopoeia, and indexes. Our eReference Works are available online.

Journal Collection

  • Journals are collections of articles published regularly, e.g. in weekly, monthly or quarterly issues. Several issues together form a volume. Journals can also be referred to as periodicals, magazines or serials. Aside from our physical collection, which may not be taken out of the library, we also subscribed to online journals available via our databases.