VUT Library



VUT Library, the Library staff wishes you a happy and successful 2018. The VUT Libraries play an integral role as a one-stop place to meet your information needs. As “Your Information Partner of Choice” we look forward to providing you with great customer service and a welcoming environment to meet your educational needs.



The Library is the university’s information and knowledge centre where you find various information resources, both print and online to support learning, teaching, and research by VUT students and staff. The Library plays a prominent role in the University and is regarded as the information hub of VUT, where you find books, journals, newspapers, reference materials, theses and dissertations, government publications, audio visual material, online databases and electronic journals. These are mainly related to courses offered by all faculties in the University.



Vaal University of Technology (VUT) Library has libraries at all its campuses:

Vanderbijlpark (Main Campus)



Secunda Campus

Kempton Park (Ekurhuleni) Campus

VUT Libraries information fact sheet

Collection of 62 876 printed books

341 titles of printed journals

62 electronic databases

Provides electronic access to 92 461 full text journals

1 405 videos

942 DVDs

92 E-books

WorldCat Local, providing access to 674 million articles

42 private study cubicles

10 group discussion rooms.

The strap line for VUT Libraries is: “Your information partner of choice”.

Library Mission & Vision

Vision

To provide access to quality information to support the dynamic needs of the VUT.

Mission

The Library is a strategic asset to the University, contributing to the creation of knowledge and the development of lifelong learning by means of:

  • Skilled and motivated staff.
  • Innovative information technology and infrastructure.
  • Quality resources and services to meet the information needs of the library’s clients.
  • User friendly physical and virtual environments for study, teaching and research.
  • Marketing of resources and facilities.
  • Information literacy programmes using current technology.

Term

Vanderbijlpark Campus

  • Monday – Sunday24 hours
  • Public holidays :08:00-20:00

Ekurhuleni Campus

  • Monday – Friday08:00-20:00
  • Saturday08:00-15:00

Upington campus

  • Monday-Friday07:30-16:30

Secunda Campus

  • Monday – Thursday09:00-18:00
  • Friday09:00-16:00
  • Saturday08:00-13:00

VUT Secunda Campus Library

Introduction

The Library at Secunda Campus provides library and information services to both students and staff members in support of teaching, learning, and research. Following facilities are available for use by all registered clients at Secunda Campus Library. The library serves about 1012 students, and about 40 staff members situated on the campus. A small collection of about 2400 books is available that is biased towards courses offered on the campus i.e.

Cost & Management Accounting

Electrical Engineering

Process Instrumentation

Chemical Engineering

The library is staffed by one qualified professional librarian and one library assistant.

Services & Facilities

The services provided includes: research consultations, training on using library resources and products, photocopying and printing facilities, closed access collection for prescribed books, loan services, inter library loans, library induction, assistance with searches, and a small study area. There are other computers opposite the circulation desk and at the entrance of the library and are used on a first come basis. To Access Electronic Resources click here

Collections & Arrangement

Books from the Open Shelves are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal Classification and can be loaned and taken out of the library, for a specific period depending on the user type. While books from Reserve and Reference collection cannot be loaned out but can be used inside the library. Books at the reserve include only prescribed or recommended material and can be loaned for a maximum of two hours.

Circulation

The library has a service counter, and this is the point where clients can return, renew or loan material provided they have a valid ID card. Loan periods are the same as that of main campus library.

Contact Us

For more information Contact:

The Librarian Ms Sibongile Mtsweni

Telephone: 017 631 1991  X 220

E-mail:  sibongile@vut.ac.za

Secunda Campus

  • Monday – Thursday09:00-18:00
  • Friday09:00-16:00
  • SaturdayClosed
  • SundayClosed

VUT Ekurhuleni Campus Library

Introduction

This library supports learning, research, and teaching at the Ekurhuleni campus for both students and staff. It has holdings of about 5 500 volumes relevant to the courses offered and divided into five collections i.e. General lending, Reserved, Reference, Periodicals, and Electronic Resources.

Courses offered at the campus are:

Cost & Management Accounting

Financial Information Systems

Internal Auditing

Marketing

Information Technology

Tourism Management

Office Management and Technology

Process Instrumentation

Chemical Engineering

The library is staffed by one qualified professional librarian and one library assistant.

Services & Facilities



The services provided includes: research consultations, training on using library resources and products, photocopying and printing facilities, reserved collection for prescribed books, loan services, inter library loans, library induction, and assistance with searches, study areas, and group discussion facility. There are other computers opposite the circulation desk and at the entrance of the library and are used on a first come basis.

Collection & Arrangement

Books from the Open Shelves are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal Classification and can be loaned and taken out of the library, for a specific period depending on the user type. While books from Reserve and Reference collection cannot be loaned out but can be used inside the library. Books at the reserve include only prescribed or recommended material and can be loaned for a maximum of two hours.

Circulation

The library has a service counter, and this is the point where clients can return, renew or loan material provided they have a valid ID card. Loan periods are the same as that of main campus library.

Contact Us

For more information Contact:

The Librarian Ms Mpilwenhle P. Hlongwa

Telephone: 011 929 7418

E-mail: mpilwenhle@vut.ac.za

Issue Desk Ms Truely Tsiri

Telephone : 011 929 7418

E-mail: Truelyt@vut.ac.za

Ekurhuleni Campus

  • Monday – Thursday08:00-16:30
  • Friday08:00-15:00
  • SaturdayClosed
  • SundayClosed

Executive Director

Vacant

Executive Director: Library and Information Services

VUT Libraries

Services | Library and Information Services

Subject information specialists (Faculty Librarians)

Do you need assistance with finding information for your research, assignment or project?

Please consult you subject information specialist. There are six subject information specialists, each responsible for the needs of a particular faculty or group of departments. There is also a professional librarian based at the Main Campus Library, dedicated to providing full librarian services in the evenings and after hours.

Library Information Literacy

Library induction programmes are designed to provide practical assistance to those new to the university or postgraduate work. The purpose is to introduce new clients to the physical library, facilities and services offered by the library and ensure that users have adequate information retrieval skills to exploit information. Subject information specialists are responsible for planning, conducting and delivering all information literacy programmes of the library to empower clients. This includes the following:

  • Library induction session for Postgraduates
  • Library induction for new students
  • Training on using library databases.
  • Using the Internet for research
  • Advanced information retrieval skills

Contact your subject information specialist to make an appointment.

Inter-Library Loans (ILL) Service

Masters and Doctoral students are entitled to an inter-library loan service if they need books, theses or articles that are not available in the Vaal University Library. The preferred method of requesting inter-library loans is via e-mail, or electronically by registering with Sabinet. Please contact your subject information specialists.

For queries related to inter-library loans, please phone +27 16 950 9653 or e-mail: ariel@vut.ac.za
Location : Ground floor, next to main service desk – Main campus library

Collections

General lending collection

This collection is made up of a wide selection of books and other material that is available for normal loan at all VUT libraries. These books are issued for 14 days to Diploma students. It is located on the 2nd and 3rd floor at Main Campus, and is in the main public access area at other libraries. It consists mainly of circulating books that can be borrowed for home/external use.

Reserved collection

This collection has been created for special publications and books in great demand but in short supply. It consists of prescribed books, recommended books for assignments and projects, special reports, lecturers’ notes and other items. This collection can only be used for period of two hours renewable, and it is for in-house use only. It is also referred to as “short loans section”.

Journal collection

A journal is a magazine or other periodic publication. “Journal or periodical” usually refers to a “scholarly journal” published by an academic discipline and contains reports of research conducted in that field. The VUT Libraries have hard copies as well as electronic journals. At Main Campus this collection is found on the ground floor of the Library, while at other campuses these are kept at main service counters.

Electronic or online collection

Electronic resources are collections of information e.g. online databases, electronic encyclopedias, e-dictionaries, e-journals, e-books, etc. These are accessed on electronic devices or computers. Online databases provide online access to journal articles, books, reports, and other publications via the Internet. The Library subscribes to more than 40 databases that provide access to full-text articles, books and annual conferences. The Library currently subscribes to the following databases: Emerald, EbscoHost Online, SABINET databases, SpringerLink, IEEE, ScienceDirect, ISI Web of Knowledge, InformaWorld, McGregor, JSTOR, among others. Subjects covered include management, health, arts, fashion, science, engineering, computer sciences, business, law, food, sports, education, and more.

Reference collection



Reference sources are books that are useful for answering research questions. Dictionaries, encyclopedias, yearbooks, almanacs etc. are found in this collection. They cannot be checked out and are shelved in the reference sections on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Main Library. All reference books can be identified by the letter “R” in front of the call number on the spine. The reference collection may be used only in the Library.