The Department of Library Services (DLS) aims to proactively develop and deliver high-quality innovative library services. The Library makes available information resources and enabling spaces that support the university's teaching, learning, and research. The expertise of our staff support and enable the academic activities of the University. All these efforts are grounded in the university's goals for teaching, learning, and research; including the research themes that are linked to the achievement of the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, all of which are based on sustainability.
The Library maximises the use of technology to support its core activities and allows the influence of the digital era to transcend academic boundaries and stimulate transdisciplinary study by offering access to new digital technologies and high-tech services. This includes a well-established and popular MakerSpace facility and a service robot, “Libby”. The DLS raises awareness and builds on UP’s reputation by continually carrying out new initiatives, which are recognisable, fair, sustainable, responsive, and inventive.
The Library is constituted of nine branch libraries; these are the Merensky 2 Library, the Oliver R. Tambo Law Library, and the Music Library, which are located on the Hatfield campus. In addition, there is the Education Library on the Groenkloof campus, the Jotello F Soga Library, a veterinary science library on the Onderstepoort campus, Mamelodi Library on the Mamelodi campus, and three health sciences libraries - the Basic Medical Science & Dentistry (BMS) Library, Medical Library, both in the Prinshof campus and Klinikala Library located at Kalafong Hospital.
The Library provides access to a wide range of information resources, such as books, journals, reports, standards, and special collections. Institutional research output is made available through the UPSpace institutional repository while the data that support the research is made available through the Figshare data repository. Institutional open journals are hosted through the Open Journal System (OJS).
The digital library is available 24/7 to our community.