Rules and Open Hours

Use of the Resource Centre is conditional on observance of the Rules and Regulations stipulated below.


  • Resource Centre open from 08: 30 – 16: 00 Monday to Friday.
  • The Resource Centre will be closed on public holidays and weekends.
  • The Resource Centre will close per NU conditions of closure.


  • By the virtue of being part of NU and sister organizations (permanent and contracted staff), you are eligible to benefit from the services rendered by the Resource Centre.
  • The issued access borrowing numbers will be used for identification when loaning materials. The Resource Centre will issue patrons with a unique a borrowing number which will allow you to borrow books.
  • Access will also be considered on submission of name, institutional affiliation, personal contacts and additional contacts.


  • No books will be issued without due authorization by the Centre’s staff member and you will be held responsible for any books issued in your name.
  • There is an expectation that there will be no marking, underlying, highlighting or defacing of material in the Resource Centre. Failure to comply will result in a penalty, including replacement of said material.
  • Users are responsible for material borrowed using their assigned borrowing number and for its return by the due date.


  • In order to borrow books from the Resource Centre you will need to produce your ID card.
  • The loan period for books will depend on the kind of information, and the purpose of its use.
  • Material will generally be loaned for 2 weeks with an e-mail motivation if required for longer periods.
  • DVD/CD-Rom will be loaned for 2 days, but for longer use must be motivated by e-mail.
  • Magazines, Newspapers, Journals (only current issues), Pamphlets & Dictionaries are not for loans and only for use in the Resource Centre.
  • Photocopies/ scanning available.


  • Note that the Resource Centre only provides the following papers; Cape Times, Mail and Guardian and City Press.
  • The current issues are on the display shelves while articles of interest from previous editions are located in the articles database.


  • Non-circulating reference materials (dictionaries, thesaurus , rare books, etc) are only for use in the Resource Centre.


  • Users need to ensure that their names are cleared from the LibWin System upon returning loaned materials so as to avoid penalties.

RESERVATIONS (waiting list)

  • Patrons may reserve items that are out on loan. Items that have been reserved by other patrons will not be able to be renewed.


  • In an event a book is lost during the lending period, end users will be held responsible for paying the value of the book (as per inflation rate at the time of loss).
  • Damage to or loss of Resource Centre material, books, periodicals etc. must be compensated for by the person responsible for the damage or loss.

PENALTY for Overdue Material

  • Items loaned from the Resource Centre must be returned on the due date, failure to which, borrowing rights may be withdrawn. (Users will be blacklisted).


  • There is a reasonable expectation that patrons will exercise stewardship over all resources borrowed or used on the premises. This to ensure longevity of materials and knowledge transfer
Ndifuna Ukwazi DARE TO KNOW
18 Roeland Street (behind City Varsity)
Cape Town
South Africa

Telephone:  +27 (0)21 012 5094