Welcome to the WSU Library!
Senior Director Library & Information Services
Ms Pateka Ntshuntshe-Matshaya
On behalf of WSU Library staff, I would like to welcome you all to the Library. We sincerely congratulate those who have joined the university for the first time as either staff or students, you have made a good choice in joining WSU family.
WSU library has got eleven sites – we want you to feel comfortable and welcome in navigating the library’s physical and virtual spaces. You may check our Library guide for open hours. Each library has areas designated for quiet learning zones and group discussion / chat rooms to accommodate your collaborative study needs. An enthusiastic team of faculty librarians and desk staff are always ready to help you with your study, learning and research needs. Please feel free to ask our staff at the reference or circulation desk for help, suggesting new curriculum related learning material to add to the collection, etc.
WSU Library has an awesome group of staff: we are here to help you with your research, help connect you with the print, eBooks and open online educational text books and materials you need, feel free to make our digital and physical environments as useful as possible for your success in your study and research endeavours.
My role as a senior director library and information services is to ensure that our patrons (academics, university students and staff) at all WSU libraries receive the very best library and information services possible from our professional, resourceful, and helpful staff. The Campus library managers at your respective learning sites oversee your daily operations and access to library resources, staff is always willing to assist. The Library’s website which will be revamped soon aims to provide all our university community with useful and convenient virtual library and information services, advertisement of our library training programmes, activities, and databases to assist you in your research and recreational needs. The Library continues to expand its services, programs, and other resources to meet the needs of our growing community.
We strive to make every encounter a pleasant and rewarding experience. I hope you will take the opportunity to visit our library, meet our dedicated and friendly staff, use our computers and Internet access, check out materials, participate in activities that will enrich you, and get to know us better.
The University’s Library offers a host of services to a wide variety of users including students.
Membership is open to registered students and expires at the end of each academic year, or when a student discontinues his/her studies. For external borrowers, membership expires at the end of each academic year, irrespective of when it commenced.
[showhide type="membership" more_text="More ... " less_text="Hide "] The WSU staff or current student identity card must be produced whenever a service is required from the library. External borrowers must produce their IDs for all library transactions. It is important to note that external borrowers may be limited to specific and not all library services.
A non-refundable fee is payable by community and external members, which will be reviewed annually.
Membership is grouped according to the following categories:
• The Chancellor
• Council members
• Academic staff
• Administrative staff
• Registered students
• External borrowers/Community members
• Visiting lecturers/Students
My library record
Click here to create your library account. The barcode requested to register appears on your staff/student card.
- expiry date of your membership
- renew items
- modify personal information
- modify pin
- save preferred searches
- reading history
- events calendar
- suggest a purchase.
Short loan collections
To access the WSU short loans collection, click here. Here you can access the short loan collections via course of lecturer’s name.
Please consult your nearest circulation desk and complete a form to request material from another WSU Library.
Inter-lending requests may be done manually at any circulation desk or online by completing the relevant online form.
Off-campus access to library resources
Off-campus (remote) access to the Library’s electronic resources is restricted to WSU users only, provided they have registered at the Library for the current year.
For off-campus access you will need to have your staff/student barcode number, which appears on your staff/student card and a PIN which you will set up.
Set up a login and PIN on My Library Account.
Student access to email
Students can keep up-to-date with correspondence with the WSU email system as well as library book due dates.
- Email accounts are created automatically for all WSU registered students.
- The email address is the firstname.lastname@example.org e.g. email@example.com.
- Students can access their emails by going to www.wsu.ac.za and select Intranet – Student web mail OR go directly to http://studentmail.wsu.ac.za/gw.
- The default password will be the access control number at the bottom of the student card which normally starts with 45……
- In your inbox, please remember to check for reminders and overdue notices from the Library.
Library training Workshops
Off-campus remote access
SA theses and dissertations
Africana and special collections
Photocopying and copyright
WSU referencing techniques
Online public access catalogue
Mobile library catalogue
Past Examination Papers