University of Pretoria Library Services

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University of Pretoria Library Services
Established 1908
Branches 6
Size 1.522 million volumes[1]
Other information
Director Robert Moropa
Website University of Pretoria Library

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 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.


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The Old Merensky Library, a national monument
Merensky II Library, Main entrance (Pretoria)

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)
- Theology

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.

In addition to the traditional library services, the Library Services 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).

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