Department of Library Services
+27 12 420 2235/6

Facilities & Services at the Research Commons



  • 8 computer stations at 7 (4-seater) carousels (with dividers)
  • 8 individual study carrels (of which 6 have computers)
  • 1 cubicle with 4 seats
  • 5 individual cubicles
  • Desks have lockable drawers
  • 38 Computers in total
           -  Some with Windows 7 and some with Windows 10
           -  Some with Office 2010 and some with Office 2013
  • Students/Researchers are welcome to use their laptops at any unit (preferably those without a computer), where electricity plug-points and wireless connectivity are available
  • Desks are available on a daily first-come first-served basis

Group facilities

  • Seminar Room 1
           -  20 seats
           -  2 large screens (Vidyo)
           -  Projector
           -  Conferencing and collaboration capabilities
  • Seminar Rooms 2 & 3
           -  Each with a 10-seater capacity
           -  Each with a large screen and allocated computer (laptop connectivity/presentations)
           -  Each with whiteboards for discussions and collaborative work
  • These rooms are to be booked in advance
           -  by phone: +27 12 420 3393
           -  or email:

Printing and photocopying

  • A self-contained facility is available for all printing and photocopying requirements
           -  3 printing/copying/scanning machines
  • Pricing and other requirements similar to the rest of the Library
  • An additional PC is available in the facility for wireless clients and USB printing

Social Space

  • Social ‘Lounge’: an attractive and relaxed area with a variety of seating for individual or group needs
  • Couches, arm chairs and ‘coffee shop style’ furniture together with a coffee bar and microwave, make for a welcoming space within the Research Commons for relaxation, conversation or introspection


In keeping with its commitment to actively support the research endeavours of the University, the DLS offer the following services at the Research Commons:

  • Access to all electronic resources
  • Skilled staff who are familiar with the research process and requirements
  • Subject specific consultation and assistance from relevant information specialists
  • Training opportunities: workshops and seminars on academic writing and research techniques and tools