Commerce Library

(Location code: COM)

The Commerce Library, together with the Wits Library of Management, is one of two libraries serving primarily the Commerce and Management Schools within the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management (the Law Library is part of the Oliver Schreiner School of Law ). The Commerce Library also serves the general library access and study needs of students registered in the Wits Plus Part Time Studies Centre of the University and has a full time member of staff available on Saturday afternoons for this purpose. It is situated to the west of the Tower of Light on the West Campus of the University.



Tel: 27 (0)11 717-1980
Fax: 27 (0)11 717-1989
Postal Address: Private Bag X1, WITS, 2050

Commerce Librarian:
Cathy Dryden, catherine.dryden(at)
Tel: 27 (0)11 717-1981

Information Librarian:
Assistant Librarian:
Margaret Atsango
Tel: 27 (0)11 717-1982

To reset your PIN please email winnie.madisakwane(at), margaret.atsango(at), themba.tshabalala(at) or catherine.dryden(at)



First, Second, Third & Fourth teaching blocks
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 08h00 - 23h00
Wednesday 09h00 - 23h00
Friday 08h00 - 17h00
Saturday 08h30 - 17h00
June & October exam period
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 08h00 - 23h00
Wednesday 09h00 - 23h00
Friday 08h00 - 17h00
Saturday 08h30 - 17h00
Mid-year and year end breaks
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
08h00 - 17h00
Wednesday 09h00 - 17h00
Saturday Closed




The Library has a large collection of books accompanied by compact disks (CD?s) These may be borrowed for a period of three days. Compact disks are kept behind the issue desk and are available on request.

Other items in the media collection include video and audio cassettes, slides etc. They may be requested from the Multimedia Centre on the second floor, Wartenweiler Library.

  • Books: The status of the user determines the loan periods for books in all libraries, unless these are coded non-circulating, in-library, three-day or overnight.
  • Journals: Current, unbound: In-library only
    Bound: 3-day loan
  • Non-book media: Mostly available for loan, except videocassettes which must be viewed in the Library.

  • Renewals, Fines, Bookings and Holds
  • Interlibrary Loans, for material not available in the University Library, are available to fourth year and postgraduate students and staff.
  • Photocopying facilities are available in all libraries.
  • A substantial multi-disciplinary collection of audiovisual and multimedia material is available to all users in the Multimedia Centre on the second floor, Wartenweiler Library.
  • An extensive range of electronic resources, electronic databases and electronic journals is accessible through the Library web site. These include the eWits OPAC (the Library s online catalogue) and CDROM databases. Group training sessions on the use of these resources are offered by the Library s Education & Training section; individual assistance is always available from the branch librarians.

"How the West was won" (Powerpoint show on the Commerce Library renovations)