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The Library’s collection consists of books, journals (electronic and print). Library facilities include computer workstations with internet access, printing, photocopying. The library also offers study areas including cubicles for postgraduate students and a 24 hour study area that is accessible 7 days per week.

Some of the services on offer are circulation, document delivery, information services (these include direct support to individual students and academics) and training in the use of the library and its resources.

The University of Venda Library is housed in one main library building. The Law Library is a section within the main building housing the legal collection.


The mission of the University of Venda Library is to provide a comprehensive information service to its students, staff and the community outside the University.

The Library will achieve its mission by means of advanced information and communication technology, well trained staff and a comprehensive stock of information resources.


The vision of the University of Venda Library is to be a dynamic, user focused information service provider that caters for teaching, learning and research within fields of study that are responsive to the needs of rural and regional development in Southern Africa.

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Mrs. Mushoni Mulaudzi obtained an honours degree in Library and Information Science from the University of the North (now University of Limpopo) and a Masters Degree in Public Management from the University of Pretoria. She worked as a librarian at Vhembe District Library before joining the University of Venda Library in 1992. Mushoni Mulaudzi has served as a member of Council of the African Library Association of South Africa (ALASA), Regional Representative of the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA), member of the Limpopo Provincial Library and Information Service Board responsible for advising the MEC on library and information services matters in the province. Mrs. Mulaudzi heads a staff establishment of 39 members.

The Library subscribes to the following databases:

# Databases Coverage URL/ Web Address
1 Ebscohost Multi-disciplinary

• Academic Search Complete multi-disciplinary with full text

• Agricola Agriculture

• Business Source Complete Academic Business Resources

• CINAHL with Full Text Nursing and Allied Health Journals

• Communication and Mass Media Complete Communication and Mass media

• ERIC Educational Resources

• Health Source – Consumer Edition Consumer Health Information

• Health Source: Nursing/Academic edition Medical Disciplines

• Econlit with Full Text Indexes and Full Text articles

• Environment Complete Environmental disciplines

• Greenfile Human Impact to the Environment

• Library, Information Science and Technical Abstracts librarianship and bibliometrics

• Masterfile Premier Multi-disciplinary

• Regional Business News Regional Business publications

• MEDLINE Authoritative medical Information

• Newspaper Source Full text U.S and International newspapers

• Teacher Reference Centre Education indexing and abstracts


• SA-ePublications SA Full Text journals - multidisciplinary

• SA Media SA newspaper articles

• All Legal Products legal products
3 Science Direct Multi-disciplinary with strong emphasis on the sciences
4 JSTOR Multi-disciplinary
5 Emerald Management
6 Web of Knowledge Multi-disciplinary
7 Springerlink Multi-disciplinary; strong emphasis on science
8 Global Books in Print International in-print, out-of-print, and forthcoming books
9 African Journals Online African Journals
10 Directory of Open Access Journals Multi-disciplinary
11 NEXUS (NRF) Current and completed research including theses and dissertations
12 Sage Online Mulidisciplinary

Useful Websites

Description URL / Web Address

Google Scholar

General Information about South Africa

Government Information and Documents

South African Statistics

Crime statistics

Human Sciences Research Council

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

English dictionary and thesaurus

Online encyclopaedia-free online access to a small subset on a specified word or phrase

search over 100 encyclopedias and dictionaries-reputable and citable

Gateway to free e-journals

Social Sciences Research Network

Access My Library

full text articles from databases e.g Emeraldinsight

Free academic resources for students.

More than 100 trusted sources including dictionaries, enclopaedias etc.

access to more than 57000 articles from the Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.

History, facts, statistics and maps of a country

historic events and birth dates

general & life sciences encyclopedia

country profiles The Encyclopedia of Earth

Expert reviewed info about the earth

Country Reports

Encyclopedia Of Law & Economics

Includes PRIME-Maths interacive encyclopaedia

Stanford Encyclopedia Of Philosophy

Encyclopedia of Psychology

230 plus peer-reviewed open access jornals covering all major disciplines of Science, technology, medicine and social sciences




PLOS (Public Library of Science)


Meta search engine

Blog on information research

Blog search

Collaborative information seeking

Information needs

South African Search Engines



Search South Africa

Current Awareness

Brief Description URL / Web Address

Headline articles from recent publications

4000 medical sources including TOC's

Table of Contects from over 10,000 journals; many with fulltext

Latest issues of favorite science journals

Life sciences'magazine rac'; TOCs, see popular articles

search for 1000s of journal table of contents; RSS feeds by title, link to full text

Provides access to the BLs Electronic Table of Contents of 20000 current journals and 16000 conference proceedings every year

BERJ-British Educational Research Journal

The Library is open during the following hours:

Day Time
Mondays - Thursdays 08:30 - 22:00
Friday 08:30 - 20:00
Saturdays 08:30 - 14:00
During Vacations 08:30 - 16:45 Mondays to Fridays

Changes in the opening hours will be indicated by notices issued by the Library from time to time.

The Library is closed during the end-of-year closure period of the University.

Click here to view the substract of Library Rules from the Calender

The Library provides training to assist staff and students in the use of the Library and its resources.

1. Guides

Please click below to access the different library training guides:

2. Library orientation

It is compulsory for students to attend a library orientation session on the day set aside for their School's Library Orientation. Further orientation will be arranged with academics during the course of the year. General library orientation takes place at the beginning of the year and is targeted at first entering students.

For more information please contact:

Ms T.V. Nemalili
(Librarian: User Services)
015- 962 8559

Further training

Advanced user training is offered throughout the year and is available at introductory, intermediate and advanced levels. Training sessions can be arranged for individuals and groups.

Academics are encouraged to arrange user training sessions for their students.

Please contact the Subject Librarian for your school to arrange for training

Trainer Contact Details Schools Services
Ms. T.P Tlakula
(015) 962-8542

Human Sciences
Environmental Sciences

Mrs. N.K. Mahwasane
(015) 962-8271


Mr. M.T. Ramabina
(015) 962-8544


Ms. A.I. Mokwevbo
(015) 962-8544

Management Sciences

Ms. S.R. Lesetja
(015) 962-8549

Maths and Natural Sciences

Ms. S.M. Hlabangwane
(015) 962-8551

Health Sciences

Name Contact Details
Director's Office
Ms Mushoni Mulaudzi (Director : Library Services) Tel: 015 962 8106
Ms Humbulani Munyai (Executive Secretary) Tel: 015 962 8314
Ms Tshiwela Matshotshi
Tel: 015 962 8487
Technical Services
Ms Irene Mashamba (Head of Division) Tel: 015 962 8166
Acquisitions Section
Mr Rudzani Sadiki Tel:015 962 8388
Mr Tshilidzi Ravhutsi Tel: 015 962 8046
Ms Patricia Ramabulana Tel: 015 962 8180
Periodicals Section
Mrs Shumani
Tel: 9628452
Mr Steven Nemukongwe Tel: 015 962 8378
Cataloguing Section
Mr Nnduvheni Malabi (Head Cataloguing) Tel: 015 962 8564
Ms Constance Mutsila Tel: 015 962 8469
Mr Doctor Raulinga Tel: 015 962 8555
Ms Zwiitwaho Siaga Tel: 015 962 8340
Law Library
Mr Maropene Ramabina(Law Librarian) Tel: 015 962 8521
Ms Dolly Makhura Tel: 015 962 8733
Special Collections
Mr Khathutshelo Mphidi Tel: 015 962 8134
Reference Section
Ms T.A Matodzi (Head of Division) Tel: 015 962 8325
Ms Pascalis Tlakula (Inf.Libr)
Human & Social Sciences and Environmental Science schools
Tel: 015 962 8542
Ms Nkhangweni Mahwasane (Inf. Libr) Education Tel: 015 962 8271
Ms Shela Lesetja (Info. Libr.) Maths & Natural Sciences Tel: 015 962 8549
Ms Ivy Mokwevbo (info.Librarian) Management Sciences Tel: 015 962 8544
Ms Sindy Hlabangwane(Inf.Libr) Agric.&Health Tel: 015 962 8551
User Services
Ms Violet Nemalili (Head of Division) Tel: 015 962 8559
Circulation Section
Main Issue Desk
Mr Cedric Muvhango Tel: 015 962 8140
Ms Nyambeni Mulaudzi Tel: 015 962 8543
Ms Mercy Makhavhu Tel: 015 962 8140
Mr Fungisani Ralineba Tel: 015 962 8282
Reserve Collection
Ms Gladys Tshipetane Tel: 015 962 8537
Ms Peggy Mudau Tel: 015 962 8411
Inter Library Loan
Mr Mashudu Ntshauba Tel: 015 962 8724
Ms Lindiwe Mtshali Tel: 015 962 8155
Ms Mbulungeni Mudzunga Tel: 015 962 8348
Ms Irene Baloyi Tel: 015 962 8348
Mr Raphotle Paul Tel: 015 962 8155
Ms Livhuwani Segudu Tel: 015 962 8348
Evening Staff
Mr Rendani Mabogo Tel: 015 962 8140
Ms Matodzi Matibe Tel: 015 962 8140
Mr Moses Raphasha Tel: 015 962 8733
Ms Florence Mushavhanamadi Tel: 015 962 8537
Systems Librarian
Information Literacy
Mr Frederick Mavhunduse Tel: 015 962 8554
Mr Alugumi Ndou Tel: 015 962 8423