In line with its vision and mission, the Library and Information Services has a designated Subject Librarian / Information Specialist who is responsible for meeting the information needs of students, registrars and staff members in the Faculty. This person does information searches on relevant databases, manages the Faculty’s book budget for effective collection development, and sets up and runs SDIs (current awareness services) on updated databases. This person also offers regular training on the use of the Library and its resources to help clients become information literate, and ultimately lifelong learners.
Through the Internet the Library is able to offer many traditional products and services. The Library catalogue Kovsiecat and all online databases are available to students, both on and off campus, 24 hours per day without the need to contact a librarian. Students can therefore use the Library’s resources without being restricted by office hours or physical location on campus.
The Library has a very efficient Inter Library Loans (ILL) and document delivery section, providing a national and international service through SABINET, OCLC and the British Library. Inter Library Loan request forms can be completed online from the Library’s home page. Requests can also me bade in person or via email. This service is offered free of charge.
Clients can set up electronic tables of contents journal alerts through the assistance of the Library.
Postgraduate students not resident in Bloemfontein can apply for a letter of introduction to any other tertiary library in the country. Through this the student can make use of that library’s resources.
Mrs Rothea Pelser
+27 51 401 7789
University of the Free State Library
PO Box 301
Journal article requests
This is a free service, but international interlibrary loans do cost money. This service is available to staff members only, at R300 - R400 for a book and R150 for a journal article.