UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG

William Cullen Library

(Location code: CULLEN) 

The William Cullen Library is situated on the west side of the library lawns. Built in 1934 as the main University Library, Cullen now houses the Africana, Early and Fine Printed Books, Government Publications, and Historical and Literary Papers collections.

In 2003 the Reference collection and the current unbound and bound journals were relocated to the Wartenweiler Library
The Landau Library of Judaica and Hebraica and the Ernest Oppenheimer Portuguese collections have been relocated from Wartenweiler Library to William Cullen.

William Cullen Library


: : CONTACT

Senior Librarian
Nkemeleng Lesejane, nkemeleng.lesejane(at)wits.ac.za
Tel: 27 (0)11 717-1956/42
Fax: 27 (0)11 717-19274137

Postal address:
William Cullen Library
Private Bag X1
WITS
2050 SOUTH AFRICA

 

: : HOURS (please check individual departments for Saturday opening)
Term
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 08h00-17h00
Wednesday 09h00-17h00
On the first Wednesday of the month excluding June & November 10h30-17h00
Friday 08h00-17h00
Saturday 08h30-12h30

 
Mid-year and year- end breaks:
Monday, Thuesday, Thursday, Friday 08h30-17h00
Wednesday 09h00-17h00
On the first Wednesday of the month 10h30-17h00
Saturday Closed

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: : ADMISSION TO LIBRARIES


Africana Collection
(location code: CULLEN AFRICA)

Links of Interest:

Collections

The Africana collections specialise in the social, political and economic history, and the languages and literature, of Africa. Current journals in these fields are accessible from the first basement of the William Cullen Library.

The Early Africana collection comprises books and periodicals published before 1850.
The Early Map collection is representative of the art and science of cartography as reflected in the mapping of Africa.

The Africana collection is particularly rich in the publications reflecting missionary activities in the 19th century southern Africa, the development of British interest in Africa and colonization, and the decolonization/independence experience of the continent.
The library also houses the unpublished papers of The History workshop from the University s Department of History, and the seminar papers of the Institute for Advanced Social Research (formerly the African Studies Institute ).


Contact

     Africana Librarian:
     (Senior Librarian) Nkemeleng Lesejane, nkemeleng.lesejane(at)wits.ac.za
     Tel: 27 (0)11 717-1956/42
     Fax: 27 (0)11 717-19274137

Librarian, Early Collections:
Peter Duncan, peter.duncan@wits.ac.za
Tel: 27 (0)11 717-1947/1942
Fax: 27 (0)11 717-1927

Postal address:
John G. Gubbins Africana Library
Private Bag X1
WITS
2050 South Africa

Hours

    Term
    Monday - Thursday: 08h30 - 17h00
    Friday: 08h30 - 16h00
    Saturday: 08h30 - 12h30
   
 
    Mid-year and year- end breaks:
    Monday - Thursday: 08h30 - 17h00
    Friday: 08h30 - 16h00
    Saturday: Closed


Loans

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.
All material in the Africana Collection is available for in-library use.
Loans are available from the Modern African Studies Collection of items published later than 1960.
Material published 1850-1960 is housed separately and is not generally available for loan.
No material from the Early Africana Collections or the Early Map Collection is available for loan.

Services


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.



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: : EARLY AND FINE PRINTED BOOKS
(Location codes: CULLEN EARLY, CULLEN TYPO)

The books in this collection have been separated from the main collections for reasons of age, beauty or historical bibliographic significance and include rare and early printed books not related to Africa. Of special interest are the Incunabula (books printed before 1501 ), including an example of one of the earliest books printed in moveable type in the 15th century; the products of the Private Presses; and the Typography and Bibliography collection. This last consists of books about books, and provides a reference section for the rest of the collection.

Contact

Librarian, Early Collections:
Peter Duncan, peter.duncan@wits.ac.za
Tel: 27 (0)11 717-1947/1942
Fax: 27 (0)11 717-1927

Postal address:
William Cullen Library
Private Bag X1
WITS
2050 SOUTH AFRICA

Hours

Monday - Thursday:   08h30 - 12h00; 14h00 - 17h00
Friday:   08h30 - 12h00; 14h00 - 16h00
Saturday:   Closed

Admission

The Early Collections are closed access collections; tours can be made by prior arrangement. Please contact the Assistant Librarian, Early Collections, for information.

Loans

No loans are made from the Early Collections, except some items from the Typography and Bibliography Collection, in which case the University Library loan periods apply.

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: : GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS
(Location code: CULLEN GOVT)

Collection:
This collection is situated on the Ground Floor of the William Cullen Library.

The early collection holds government publications of the Zuid-Afrik nsche Republiek, Orange Free State Republic, the Cape Colony, Orange River Colony, the Colony of Natal and the Transv l Colony. Early British publications include the debates of the House of Commons and the House of Lords dating from 1803 to the present, British Command Papers relating to Southern Africa in the 19th century, and the Irish University Press reprint of British Parliamentary Papers of 19th century: African Colonies.

The modern collection comprises government publications from southern African countries (excluding Angola and Mozambique) and Britain. These include government departmental reports, gazettes, legislation, parliamentary debates, commissions of inquiry, policy documents, statistics and census reports. South African provincial publications and legislation are also kept. An extensive collection of former homeland publications is available in hardcopy and on microfiche. Indexes compiled in-house by Government Publications provide access to this material and online access to many resources is available in addition to the Library s electronic resources.

Useful links include:


Contact

Librarian, Government Publications:
Rachel Louis, Rachel.Louis@wits.ac.za
Tel: 27 (0)11 717-1939
Fax: 27 (0)11 717- 1927

Postal address:
William Cullen Library
Private Bag X1
WITS
2050 SOUTH AFRICA

Hours

Monday - Thursday:   08h30 - 17h00
Friday:   08h30 - 16h00
Saturday:   08h30 - 12h30

Loans

The Government Publications collection is available for in-library use only, and only photocopies from the collection are provided through Interlibrary Loans. A photocopier is available in the Government Publications section.
The collection is open to members of the Corporate User Scheme.

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: : JOURNALS COLLECTION
(location code: CULLEN AFPER, CULLEN PER ST)

Collection
The journal collection covers the fields of arts, humanities, social sciences and African studies in a number of disciplines, as well as older titles in other disciplines. Current and older newspapers are also housed here

In 2003 the collection of current journals was relocated to the Journals Reading Room and Basement reading room in the Wartenweiler Library

All Africana journals (CULLEN AFPER), and bound volumes of closed subscriptions (CULLEN PER ST) , remain accessible in the First Basement of William Cullen.

Contact

Cullen and Africana journal inquiries:
Mary Mabote, Mary.Mabote@wits.ac.za
Tel: 27 (0)11 717-1936
Fax: 27 (0)11 717-1927


Hours

    Term  
    Monday - Thursday: 08h30 - 17h00
    Friday: 08h30 - 16h00
    Saturday: 08h30 - 12h30
   

    Mid-year and year- end breaks:
    Monday - Thursday: 08h30 - 17h00
    Friday: 08h30 - 16h00
    Saturday: Closed

Loans
Journals: Overnight loans to students
Interlibrary Loans from the collection are available as photocopies only.
The collection is open to members of the Corporate User Scheme.


Services

  • 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, including the First Basement of the William Cullen Library.

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.

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