Africana collections The materials in these collections can be searched via the Library catalogue. For help contact Adri Jansen at +28 (0)18 299 2422.
  • Archived theses and dissertations
    A copy of every thesis and dissertation completed at the Potchefstroom Campus of the NWU up until 2010 is kept in a separate collection.  Special permission must be obtained from Loan services to have access to this collection.   From 2004 theses and dissertations are also available in electronic format via Boloka.
  • Carney Africana collection
    The main part of this collection belonged to Mr. ER Carney and was donated to the Library in 1949 by his daughter, Ms. CG Carney.
  • Collection of old and recent Afrikaans literature, literary criticism and linguistics
    This collection is aimed at the preservation of mainly Afrikaans literary works in an endeavour to build a complete collection.
  • Hertzog collection
    The collection consists largely of seventeenth to nineteenth-century works on Roman-Dutch law. It was donated to the Library in 1955 by Dr. Albert Hertzog.
  • The Postma collection
    The library of Prof Ferdinand Postma, after whom the Library was named, is preserved as a unit. Prof Postma served as Principal of the Potchefstroom University College for Christian Higher Education from 1921 until 1950.
  • Rare books
    This collection consists of original editions of old books as well as facsimile editions of well-known documents like the Gutenberg Bible.
Economics TRADE 
This database is indexed by the Research Focus Area - Specialists in International Trade and Economic Development. For more information please contact TRADE.
Graphic design
  • Fleischack collection 
    Albert (A R ) Fleischack opened his law firm in 1883. The firm was the city's council's attorneys from 1908 - 1987. The collection consists of documents donated to the Library by the Fleischack family.
  • Volkspele (Folk-games)
    This database consists of material regarding this traditional Afrikaans past time. 
  • Wimpie de Klerk collection [Restricted access email Adri Jansen at +28 (0)18 299 2422 to arrange access.]
Music ISAM (Information Centre for Southern African Music)
News Wapad
Records, Archives and Museum Viewing of items in these collections is restricted.  For more information please contact Jacolene Jansen van Rensburg at +27(0)18 299 4086.
  • NWU: Image and sound archive
  • Ossewabrandwag archive
  • PUK: News (Kampusnuus, Veteraan, Pukaner)
  • PUK: Staff publications: 1871-2001​
  • NWU: IO-IGSS (2004-2015)  [restricted access]
  • NWU: Policy and Procedure (2005-2011) [restricted access]
  • NWU: Potchefstroom Campus: Minutes: MC, MEC and Senate Committee (2004- ) [restricted access]
  • PU for CHE: Minutes: Senate (1981-2003) [restricted access]
  • PU for CHE: Minutes: Committee, Senate and MC (VGAB) (1960-2003) [restricted access]
  • PU for CHE: Council (1920-2007) [restricted access]
SAWHAR WaterLit 
Theses and dissertations


Contact details

Mahikeng Library: Please phone +27 (0)18 389 2355 to find out more about the Library’s special collections.

Potchefstroom Libraries: Please contact Adri Jansen at +28 (0)18 299 2422 to find out more about the Library’s special collections.

Vanderbijlpark Library: Please phone +28 (0)16 910 3172 to find out more about the Library’s special collections.