Library services

From personal librarians for postgraduate students to free training on the proper use of library resources, the Unisa Library strives to provide all its users with a variety of services that meet their information needs.

Lending services

Any registered Unisa student, with the exception of certain certificate and programme students, may borrow library material.


The Unisa Libraries offer training in the use of library resources to enable clients to find information easily and speedily. Training is offered free of charge to registered Unisa students and staff.

Literature Search Service

A literature search is a reading list on a research topic. We consult South African and international information resources to find material that is relevant to your research topic.

Research support

Registered students and academics involved with research have various resources available to their specific research needs.

Technology support

The Library assists registered students with access to Library electronic resources via wifi (on-campus) on their electronic devices. Students can also access Library electronic resources when they are off-campus.

Archival and special collections

The collections in the Unisa Library now total approximately 2 million. There is also a growing collection of electronic information resources.


Membership of the Library begins with registration for the current academic year and it automatically expires after completion of the final examination of the same year.

Assistance for clients with special needs

The Unisa Library offers a range of services to students with special needs