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History Librarian

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Janusz Skarzynski
Level 8, Main Library
Bellville, 7535
021 959 2907

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The library collects books to support your studies. Level 8 of the library is where you will find History books on the shelves. For eBooks, you can access them via uKwazi.

The tabs on this page highlight three categories of books available: New History Books, Reference Books and Textbooks.

The video below will guide you on how to search for books and articles on uKwazi. For a more detailed guide try our uKwazi interactive tutorial.

Physical Reference Books

Electronic Reference Books

Logo Doab

DOAB is a community-driven discovery service that indexes and provides access to scholarly, peer-reviewed open-access books and helps users to find trusted open-access book publishers. All DOAB services are free of charge and all data is freely available.

 Logo Oapen

OAPEN works with publishers to build a quality-controlled collection of open-access books and provides services for publishers, libraries, and research funders in the areas of dissemination, quality assurance, and digital preservation.


eBook Open Access (OA) Collection (EBSCOhost) is a multidisciplinary collection of eBooks, created in cooperation with university presses and scholarly publishers in the Open Access model. The collection offers access to thousands of titles on various topics, without DRM (digital rights management) restrictions. Search via EBSCO host's databases.   

Helpful Hint

The library runs training and orientation sessions on a variety of library topics, including how to use uKwazi. These are usually advertised or you can check when the next session is and book yourself, using this link:


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Tel: 021 959 2946