Engineering LibraryEngineering Library

(Location code: ENGIN)

The Engineering Library is situated on the ground floor of the Chamber of Mines building on the West Campus of the University. Together with the Architecture Library, the Engineering Library serves primarily the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment.


Tel: 27 (0)11 717 1970
Email: maryna.vandenheever(at)
Postal Address: Private Bag X1, WITS, 2050

Principal Librarian: Research(Engineering & the Built Environment):
Maryna van den Heever, maryna.vandenheever(at) Tel: 27 (0)11 717-1971

Assistant Librarian, Engineering Library:
Pinky Matai, pinky.matai(at) Tel 27 (0) 717-1970


  Monday, Tuesday,Thursday, Friday 08h00 - 17h00
  Wednesday 09h00 - 17h00
On the first Wednesday of the month excluding June & November 10h30-17h00
  Saturday Closed
  Mid-year and year end breaks
  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 08h30 - 17h00
  Wednesday 09h00 - 17h00
On the first Wednesday of the month 10h30-17h00
  Saturday Closed


The Engineering Library houses a wide range of journals, textbooks, reference works and standards (British and South African). All branches of engineering, as well as the related fields of industry (including labour) are covered. Information on project management and productivity, mathematics (including computers), physics and chemistry may also be found here.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Airconditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) collection of handbooks, standards, transactions, journals and insights is also available in the Engineering Library.



In line with the university s policy of serving the wider community, this service provides the private and parastatal sector with access to the resources of a major university library, at a fraction of the cost of acquiring this material.
Corporate membership is available for R2 000 a year ( VAT inclusive); there is a 25% discount for non-profit organizations. Corporate membership allows up to 20 book loans at any time and access to all the University libraries except the Wits Health Sciences Library.

Membership services include on-line searches on local and international CDROM and web-based bibliographic and full text databases, quarterly listings of new books and the provision of photocopies of contents pages of selected journals from the extensive range currently received in the Engineering Library. Full details are available on request from the 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.

  • Overnight Loans:
      Monday-Thursday 12h00 to 09h30 on the following day
      Friday 12h00 to 09h30 on Monday
    Overnight items may be returned in the box outside the Library door when the Library is not yet open.

  • Journals:
    Unbound 3 days
    Bound 7 days


    • 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.
    • Photocopyingfacilities 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.
      Click on these links for further information and access to services.