Stellenbosch University Library Service Afrikaans
The Health Sciences Library is one of the six branch and satellite libraries of the US Library Service. It serves the Faculty of Health Sciences and is situated on the third floor of the Clinical building at the Tygerberg campus.
Health Sciences Library
Interlibrary loans: Mrs Ingrid van der Westhuizen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Acquisitions/Information services/Health Sciences
Information services / Marketing :
Mr Melten Fortuin (email@example.com)
Please click here for information on the library hours of the Health Sciences Library.
The Health Sciences Library is closed on all public holidays and between Christmas and New Year. Please click here for information on the hours of the central library and other branch and satellite libraries of the US Library Service.
All staff members and registered students of the University
of Stellenbosch are automatically members of all libraries of the
Library Service. Follow
Services for University members for more information.
For a list of membership categories for non-University clients, click here. This list includes a membership category for external clients (paying members), i.e. individuals who are not formally associated with the University and who do not qualify as Secondary clients. Paying members may borrow 3 items for 2 weeks. Click here for a list of tariffs.
All items in the Health Sciences Library collection, as well as the rest of the Library Service collection, are accessible via the online library catalogue. A library catalogue training program, is available to guide clients through the various search options in the catalogue.
The collection is primarily intended to serve the researchers, lecturers and students of the Faculty of Health Sciences and covers all aspects of health, dental and paramedical fields, e.g. physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.Co-operative collection development takes place through liaison with academic staff of the Faculty of Health Sciences.
by designated academic staff for the purchase of monographic
items, i.e. books, CD-ROMs, dvd's that require a once only payment,
can be submitted via
Click here for information resources for health sciences.
Food is not allowed. Beverages are not allowed. Water from spill-proof containers only.
General information enquiries and assistance with the use of the library catalogue and other electronic resources are handled by staff at the information and the computer helpdesks respectively. Both these desks are located in the library foyer.
Staff members, registered students and prospective postgraduate students of the University can be assisted by the library team to do literature searches, using various print and electronic resources.
Mrs Linda Bellairs at tel. +27 (0) 21 938 9365, together with the other librarians provide a comprehensive information service to library clients.
Click here for help on locating physical articles after a list of bibliographic references has been retrieved.
For complete details on the information services provided by staff at the branch or satellite libraries and the subject librarians at the JS Gericke Library please consult the information service web page.
The Health Sciences Library team provides training and instruction on a daily basis.
Training and instruction in the use of the library's facilities and collection (print format reference material, books, journals, etc.), the online library catalogue and all electronic resources. For more information, click here.
A self-guided program, Guide to the library catalogue is available at the help web page.
Please click here for the lending privileges of the different client categories.
Items from the Health Sciences Library collection are issued at the lending section of this library. Material on loan from this collection may be returned at either the central library or any of the other branch or satellite libraries of the Library Service.
Any of the following four methods may be used to renew or reserve library material:
Complete particulars on loans, returns, renewals, book reservations and other aspects of the Library Service’s circulation services are provided at the Lending web page.
Publications that are much in demand are placed on short loan, generally by request of academic staff, to enable a large number of library clients to use a particular publication during a specific period. Only brief lending periods (including overnight loans) are allowed for short loan items.
When a need arises for publications to be put in this collection, mrs. Ingrid van der Westhuizen tel. (021) 938-9450 can be contacted. Please supply details of the item and the time period for that the item needs to be available in the short loan collection.
More information is available at the short loans web page.
Material not available in the Library
Service’s own collection may be obtained for clients from other Southern
African or international institutions by way of national and
international interlibrary loan schemes.
A free interlibrary loan service is provided to staff members, registered students and prospective postgraduate students of the University.
Click here to request an item.
Mrs I van der Westhuizen is responsible for the interlibrary loan section.
Click here for help in locating physical articles after a list of bibliographic references has been retrieved.
Photocopying facilities are available at the library. Magnetic cards are used for photocopying.
Students and staff members of the University must use their student or staff identity cards. Other library clients may use the library’s magnetic card available at the loan desk. Please click here for photocopying tariffs.
Information resources for Health Sciences
Click here for an Information resources web page for the Health Sciences.
Q: Am I allowed to bring food and drink into the library?
A: Food is not allowed. Beverages are not allowed; water from spill-proof containers only.
Q: Where do I find MEDLINE?
Q: Are journals available on loan?
A: Journal issues from 2000+ are available on loan for three days at a time to all primary clients. Journals are not available on loan to secondary and external clients.
Q: Where do I find the lists that are regarded as accredited journals by the Department of Education (DoE)?
Q: How do I find articles on a specific subject in journals?
A: Use Pubmed (Medline) database, or other relevant databases, for instance full text databases like Science Direct, Journals@Ovid, ProQuest Medical Library and The Cochrane Library. These databases are accessible at the Library Service Databases as well as the Databases for the Health Sciences pages, which also list other Health Sciences databases than those mentioned already. If you need assistance, please ask the library staff.
Q: How do I find out if articles I need are available in the library?
A: Click here for help with this.
Q: How do I locate the physical articles after I've done a database search or get hold of articles not available locally?
A: Click here for information about the locating of physical items from a list of references.
Q: Where do I find the current issues of journals and in what order are they arranged?
A: Current journal issues are housed in the middle section of the library and all journals are arranged alphabetically according to title.
Q: May I use my student/staff membership card at the other libraries of the Library Service (Stellenbosch and Bellville Park campuses)?
Q: How do I find items not available at the Health Sciences Library?
A: Click here to request an item.
Q: Where is the catalogue?
A: The library has a computerized catalogue accessible from any network connected computer; on campus as well as off-campus access is possible. Computers to access the library catalogue are located in the reception area of the library.
Q: Is the library open during the evenings?
A: Click here for the library hours.
Q: Where is the Tygerberg campus and where will I find the library on campus?
A: Access map 3.
Q: How do I make photocopies?
A: Photocopies are made with a magnetic card. Use your student or staff identity card for this purpose. If you do not have either of these cards, please ask at the lending desk to use the library’s magnetic card. Cash payment is accepted for copies made with this card.
Q: May I use the library photocopiers to copy class notes, etc.?
A: No, library photocopiers may only be used to make copies from library material. Please use the photocopiers in the basement of the Clinical building for photocopying for other purposes.
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© 2003 Stellenbosch University Library Service Updated: 05-07-2007
Questions and comments to:
Ingrid van der Westhuizen