University of Pretoria Library Services
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University of Pretoria Library Services serves the students, faculty and researchers of the University of Pretoria. The library of the University of Pretoria is regarded as one of the best university libraries in South Africa. It provides a comprehensive information service for the university's approximately 39 000 undergraduate students, 25 000 postgraduates and 4 000 full-time staff members.
The original library was initially housed in the Old Arts building before being relocated to the Old Merensky Library, University of Pretoria. Despite expansions to the Old Merensky Library, University of Pretoria in 1957, it soon became too small and the firm Lou, Marais, Marquard and Kuhn was appointed in 1969 to design a new library. Construction started in November 1971 and in August 1975 the building was completed.
The Merensky II Library (Main campus library) includes the Learning Centre, Technical Services and the following faculty libraries:
- Economic & Management Sciences
- Natural & Agricultural Sciences
- Engineering & Built Environment
- Humanities (incl. Music)
The Oliver R Tambo Law Library is housed within the Faculty of Law building on the main campus. The other faculty libraries, which are spread over four different campuses, are the Education Library (Groenkloof), the Mamelodi Library, the Veterinary Science Library (the only one in South Africa), and the Health Sciences Library.
The Library Services focus on supporting the learning needs of undergraduate students at the Learning Centre and providing customised research support via Faculty Libraries in support of the University's core business.
The library strives to be the leader in the provision of solutions for information and knowledge challenges to academic excellence. Therefore, in addition to the traditional library services, the Library Services present an array of electronic services, which include, e-Books; e-Journals; customised faculty library web pages; UPeTD database; UPSpace (the University's institutional repository); Ask-a-Librarian (an online reference service); and openUP (a collection of full text research articles published by UP staff, students and affiliates).
- http://www.ais.up.ac.za/quality/docs/ContributionToUPExcellence2009.pdf Library Services Retrieved April 28, 2011