WHO MAY BORROW BOOKS?
Any current student, faculty or staff of the University of Zimbabwe with a valid University of Zimbabwe ID.
HOW TO BORROW LIBRARY MATERIALS
Your University of Zimbabwe student or staff ID serves as your Library card. Bring items and valid University of Zimbabwe ID to the Circulation Desk. Please check out materials at least 15 minutes before closing time
LENGTH OF BORROWING PERIODS
SHORT TERM BOOKS
Fine payments are done at the Main library at the Circulation Desk.
Lost books are charged a non-refundable processing fee of US$5 plus replacement cost of the book.
The library will determine the cost of repair and bill accordingly. Materials that cannot be repaired will attract a replacement fee
LIBRARY DEFAULTERSвЂ™ FINES
US$10 will be charged above the fine, for failing to attend the Book DefaultersвЂ™ Meeting.
Users with outstanding fines will not be allowed to borrow books.
LOST AND FOUND
Ask at the Reference Desk for lost materials
Formerly known as Government Publications, International and local Organisations Depository is a section comprising of a collation of official publications from the government of Zimbabwe. These include statutory instruments, legislative debates, constitutions, executive, as well as reports from administrative bodies, Municipality, City and Town Councils and District Councils. The Zimbabwe Section also boasts of financial and annual reports from parastatals such as the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ), National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) and Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA). The department is also a domicile to a historical collection of Rhodesia and Nyasaland which dates back to the 1930s.
In its endeavor to maintain a comprehensive collection of publications local and international caliber, the section has a collation of research output from the United Nations and its affiliated organisations. Other arms of the UN organisations represented in the department include, United Nations ChildrenвЂ™s Fund (UNICEF), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), World Health Organisation (WHO), International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank. It also has an online UN depository Library which can be accessed via the UZ Library home page. Also available in the department are publications from governments of Southern African countries Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Monday to Thursday: 08:00hrs to 16:30hrs
Contacts:Assistant LibrarianInternational and local Organisations Depository
University of Zimbabwe Library
P.O. Box MP45
LIBRARY RULES AND REGULATIONS
SPECIFIC FINES ARE IMPOSED FOR BREACH OF ABOVE RULES AND REGULATIONS
Undergraduate and post graduate, part-time and occassional students with a valid ID card are registered to use the library in the Reader Services Division.
Academic staff,visiting researchers and contract staff with valid UZ ID can be registered for borrowing in the Reader Services.
Approved Reader Membership
These are non-University customers. Membership comes with a fee paid in the bursar's department. This membership is vetted by the Head-Reader Services. Academic staff and all staff spouses and children and emeritus professors, ambassadors can be registered as Approved readers without paying the designated fees. An Entry Pass is given upon registration at the Reader Services Reference Desk. This membership does not come with borrowing previleges.
Print Periodicals are available in respective Stackrooms according to subject. Reserve periodicals and newspapers are available from the Research Commons circulation area in the second floor of the right wing of the Main Library. Older journal issues published before 1975 are located in the periodical stacks in the basement of the Main Library. Law journals are held in the Law library, Medical journals at the Medical library and Veterinary journals in the Veterinary library.
ELECTRONIC INFORMATION SERVICES
The UZ Library provides electronic access to a wide range of Electronic Information resources including full content journals, Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD), Database of African Theses and Dissertations (DATAD) abstracts only, Online Past Exams, Institutional Repository database (IR), full-content databases, indexing and abstracting databases.
These resources can be accessed via the library website. The subject resources databases are links created by faculty subject librarians. These are gateways to resources in the various subject areas. Here you will find details of journals available through the Programme for the Enhancement of Research Initiative (PERI) programme as well as others in various subject areas.
The library also offers the following Internet services
The UZ library offers pleasant and inviting reading environment for the purpose of study and research. These include lower and upper reading rooms, carrels and adjoining reading rooms in the stack rooms.
INTER-LIBRARY LOANS SERVICES
Publications that are not held by the library may be requested through the Reader Services Division ILL unit. An application form is completed in each request, which should include all bibliographic details. Payment by the applicant is required if the library supplying the materials charge.
PHOTOCOPYING OF MATERIALS
Photocopies can be made in the library by a commercial vendor subject to the provision of the Copyright Act.
Private, lockable study carrels are available to postgraduate students. To use this facility, postgraduates should collect and sign for the keys from the Information Desk
The Library offers binding services for studentsвЂ™ Theses and Dissertations at a fee.
The Information Desk is located on the ground floor and is manned by Library professionals during the day and in the evenings. Do not hesitate to consult the desk on:
THE ONLINE PUBLIC ACCESS (OPAC)
The catalogue is a large database listing most of the material in the Library. You can use OPAC from any of the computers in the Library or from any PC with access to the campus wide network. You can find books by author, title, key word and or subject.
The entry will give you the location and full bibliographic record. The map in the Main Hall will tell you where to find that location number. If you know how to use the OPAC you will make better use of the library and also save yourself a great deal of time.
What Library services are available for Persons with Special Needs?
The UZ Libraries is committed to providing services and facilities that support access to library resources by all users including persons with special needs. There are assistive devices and services for users with special needs available in the Main and Disability Resource Centre (DRC) Libraries.
Retrieval of Information
For users whose condition prevents them from using the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) machines in the library, to search and retrieve library materials, library staff can assist to locate required items. Library staff can also assist in retrieving known library items from the library shelves. Visit or contact the Main Circulation Desk in the Main Library on Extension 12012 for assistance.
Special Needs Corner
The Main Library has a Special Needs Corner with a Desktop Magnifier and five desk
This is a branch of the UZ Libraries established to provide more customised services for people with special needs in the form of assistive technologies, support services and training. The Library is located in the DRC Building at the UZ Main Campus and it hosts an assortment of assistive devices, computers and laptops equipped with software that empowers the blind and the low vision to independently access information in the Library. For details on services and materials available, visit the page Disability Resource Centre Library.
A Brief Introduction
The foundations of the Special Collections date back to 1959 when Sir Stephen Courtauld, a philanthropist presented a collection of Greek and Roman coins to the then University College of Rhodesia in celebration of the founding of that University. This collection was meant strictly for purposes of teaching and research. The pioneering example set by Sir Stephen Courtauld was followed by W.A. Godlonton and Professor C.M. Doke who generously donated their own collections of books, manuscripts, memoirs etc. to the library. The collections bear the names of the donors in recognition of their generosity. Over the years the number of collections has grown to 11 and these are Godlonton Collection. Thesis Collection, Doke, African Writers, Arts, Papadopoulos, Astor, Courtauld Coin Collection, Government Publications, International Organizations and Rarebook Collection, Microfiche Collection and Photographs Collections.
The Special Collections Department is located on the Mezzanine Floor of the Main Library, University of Zimbabwe, Churchill Avenue.
Monday to Thursday 08:00hrs to 16:30hrs
ContactsAssistant Librarian Special Collections
University of Zimbabwe Library
P.O. Box MP45
How to use Special Collections
Consulting Material No special Collections material is held on the open shelves. The Special Collections is a closed area and users do not enter beyond the Issue Desk from where they are served. Special Collections material is consulted within the library except for some publications in the African Writers Collection.
User gets bibliographic details from the catalogue, i.e. author, title class mark, name of collection;
Material in the Government Publications/International Organizations is for consultation in the library only, some African Writers and Doke Collection Publications are issued out for a loan period of two weeks.