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Welcome to the WSU Library!

Welcome to the WSU Library

Mrs. Qukeza Ndzingani

Senior Director (Acting) Library & Information Services

On behalf of the library staff, it is a great pleasure to welcome you to Walter Sisulu University libraries for the 2022 academic year. We congratulate those who have joined the university for the first time as either staff or students. You have made a good choice in joining the WSU family.

In support of Walter Sisulu University’s new vision of being an impactful technological infused African university, the library is responding by:

Promoting academic excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate studies as well as research by:

  • Providing a variety of Teaching and Learning Resources
  • ICT equipment and infrastructure
  • General seating with social distance of 1,5 – 2,5 m
  • WIFI, Computer labs and discussion rooms

Walter Sisulu Library collection caters for a wide spectrum of scholarship. Ranging from the undergraduate to post graduate information needs, which is comprised of print, online books and journals.  We also provide access to electronic scholarly databases and peer reviewed journals that add value to teaching, learning and research experience at WSU.

In addition to our local collections, we expose our leaners to resources held in other academic libraries such as Fort Hare, NMMU and Rhodes in the Eastern Cape. These academic libraries, including WSU libraries, are members of a consortium called South East Academic Library System (SEALS), whose agenda is to make the holdings accessible on a shared database library system called SIERRA.

Walter Sisulu University library is comprised of 12 library sites that spread across WSU’s four campuses that are located in Butterworth, Buffalo City, Komani and Mthatha. Buffalo City (East London) has four library sites found in Postdam, College Street, Chiselhurst, Cambridge Street and the newly established Phyllis Ntantala Collaborative Library. Phyllis Ntantala Collaborative Library is WSU’s Institutional library and is located on the third floor of the library building shared between the University of Fort Hare (located in the first floor) and UNISA (located in the second floor).

Mthatha campus has three libraries. Sasol, Medical libraries and Zamukulungisa site library. Komani campus has two site libraries, which are Masibulele and Grey Street. Finally, Butterworth campus has one library.

WSU libraries also has close relationship with Health Resource Centres that are located at Port Elizabeth, East London, Queenstown, Mthatha and Lusikisiki. WSU libraries and Health Resource centres share library system (SIERRA) and electronic resources.

Students can loan and return books in any of WSU libraries regardless of their home libraries.

Library membership is free. Please visit your local library and bring your student card for registration and librarians will register you. Thereafter, you will be able to enjoy all the services offered by the library.

Librarians will train you on how to access electronic resources. Electronic resources are accessible both on and off campus. More so, you will be trained on how to register on my library account in order to access e-resources off campus.

To assist learners with the effective use of the library, librarians devote time to in-house orientation programmes for all first year students from the beginning of the year, up to the end of the first term. As a follow-up to these orientation sessions, librarians conduct ongoing information literacy skills training that will help you navigate the information environment using a variety of sources. For your academic survival as a leaner in a higher education institution and as a life-long leaner in society, you will undoubtedly need this skill, which will help you to succeed not only in writing quality assignments and projects but impact on your life-long learning competencies throughout your life span.

All our libraries conduct general orientation in collaboration with DLT and Faculties. Orientation is conducted both virtually and face-to-face, in line with online and contact Teaching & learning offered by WSU (blended learning). Students will be exposed to all online library Teaching and Learning resources as well as print resources.

For more and detailed information about our resources services, opening hours and available facilities, contact your faculty and circulation librarians in your campus libraries. Staff members at the circulation and short loan desks are always available to assist you with your information needs.

I strongly recommend that you arrange a suitable date and time for a library tour and detailed orientation in your field of study. You can also make individual appointments with the librarians to arrange for training sessions for the use of all library resources (print and online) and other services offered by the library.

Campus Library Managers at your respective learning sites oversee daily operations and access to library resources. The staff is always willing to assist.

Please always observe COVID 19 Rules and Regulations by always:

  • Washing your hands regularly with soap and water
  • Sanitizing your hands with alcohol sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol
  • Wearing face masks
  • Coughing into elbow and not on hand. Observing coughing etiquette.
  • If using tissue, wash your hands immediately and throw it in a bin

You must always know that the library is your information gateway.

I encourage you to visit your local library and you will be welcomed by friendly librarians who are always eager to assist.

I wish you a very successful academic year and look forward to meeting you in the campus libraries.

Good luck in your studies and always stay safe!

You can contact the following campus managers for urgent Teaching and Learning resources for your studies.

Mrs. Q.Ndzigani WSU libraries
Mr. S. Ncoyini Mthatha Campus
Ms. T. Mpeta Zamukulungisa Site
Mr. M Somkoko Health Sciences library
Mr. C Pakade Butterworth Campus
Mr. L Mnapu        Buffalo City Campus
Ms. P Nontswabu Komani Campus
Mr.  S  Mfeya             Health Resource Centers
Ms. N Samson East London Health Resource Centre
Ms. N  Plaatjie Queenstown Health Resource Centre
Mr. M Dimane Mthatha Health Resource Centre
Mr. M Sibulawa Gqeberha Health Resource Centre
Mr. L Mdanyana Phyllis Ntantala Collaborative Library