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This is the best SUN library guide for all those who want to use the Stellenbosch University library. To use the library effectively, you must know everything about it and that is exactly what you will get on this page.

You probably landed on this page in search of information about the “SUN library” as famously known by many people. You are definitely on the right page. This page will provide you with all the information you need about the Stellenbosch University library.

SUN Library refers to the Stellenbosch University academic library. This library is the main source of research papers and findings for both students and lecturers of Stellenbosch University.

The various department, colleges, and faculties at Stellenbosch University make a lot of findings relating to their appropriate programs and courses of study from this library.

Before you continue, kindly take a quick look at the table of contents below. It shows the overview of the content of this page. You can click on any of the topics to jump to the particular article.

Open hours of SUN library at Stellenborsch University

SUN Library operates under rules and regulations. The library is active on weekdays. Mostly the operations and the activities of the library start from Monday to Thursday from 8:00 to 22:00 hours and also on Friday from 8:00 to 16:30 hours. The library sometimes operates on Saturdays and Sundays as well.

SUN library is divided into different bodies and every division is entangled with its appropriate operating hours. Let us take a quick look at the list of the divisions of the SUN library.

  • Learning Commons
  • Research Commons
  • Makerspace
  • Special Collections
  • Engineering & Forestry
  • Medicine & Health Sciences
  • Music
  • Theology
  • USBL(Bellville Park Campus Library)

General services of SUN library

  • Information provision and research support
  • Introduction to the library and how to use resources
  • Access to a multitude of electronic resources.
  • Loans from other libraries.

Accessing the library

The library is only accessible to students or staff of Stellenbosch University. Before one can access the Stellenbosch University library, proper orientation and special training are provided.

You can locate the library training calendar on the Stellenbosch University library page. All students and staff must go through these compulsory library pieces of training before getting access to the library materials.

You can book the library training using your Stellenbosch University student or staff ID card. There is also an “Ask Librarian” feature on the SUN library e-platform that allows you to chat directly with a librarian to help clear whatever you want to understand about the library.

How to locate books on a shelf in the SUN library

The SUN library has divided its book accessibility into two sets, namely;

  • Locate books on the shelf
  • Browse for books online.

The Stellenbosch University library traditionally known as SUN library has perfectly arranged its books in order and alphabetically using the Dewey System.

To locate books in the physical library, you must consult the library guides as documented on the SUN library homepage.

How to browse for books online

Usually, most library users prefer ebooks since that easily accessible from anywhere. To browse the ebooks collection, the SUN library has a page that will help you do that quickly.

  • Type the keyword you would like to search. Be it the title of the book, the author’s name, or anything that will help you find a book in a regular library. Note that while you type the name of the book, suggestions pop up so you can easily click on any of the suggestions to locate your book.

My library account

The “My Library Account” helps create easy access to library materials over the internet. It also helps you to manage your library items.

You can request new library items using this account. There is also a tab in this account that can help you renew your library items on time to avoid penalties.

You must be a student or staff to have “My Library Account” access. If you wish to become a student, then you should check out our previous article about the Stellenbosch University prospectus and the other one which is a simple step-by-step guide to help file your Stellenbosch University online application.

Borrowing from the SUN library

All libraries are accessible to all students on campus or students enrolled at Stellenbosch University. Students can only access books by using their Student ID card. Below are some terms and conditions that govern the use of the library.

  • Books are available to only Stellenbosch University students
  • The number of items you can borrow is 3
  • The available loan period when the library is in session is 3 hours
  • Fines for returning items late is R10.00

Borrowing privileges

Number of Loans 6 items
Period 14 days
Renewals 2 per item
Fine Limit R30.00
Fine for the overdue time R1.00
Borrowing Privileges for Undergraduate

Failing to adhere to these library terms and conditions always comes with a penalty.

Other libraries also give the students and staff access to any book not available at any of the libraries in general. Students can borrow or loan from other libraries through the interlibrary loan options available.

The SUN library offers Printing, Copying, and Scanning services to all users of the library. This service helps both students and staff to print, copy and/or scan any book of their choice. Note that to use this service, you will have to show your student or staff ID card.

All prints, copies, or scans are done at the Maties Copy and Print Shop which is located in the Neelsie Student Centre.

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