Lending Services

Loan periods and quotas

All students and staff have access to the information resources at the Library. They can borrow books from the Open/General Lending collection for external use.

Quotas and loan periods applicable to various client groups are as follows:

Category Loan Periods Renewals
Staff All VUT Staff 20 Books for 60 days 2
Undergraduates Diploma Students 6 Books for 14 days 2
B-Tech Students 8 Books for 14 days 2
Postgraduates Masters Students 12 Books for 30 days 2
Doctoral Students 15 Books for 60 days 2
Non-VUT clients Individual external members 6 Books for 14 days 2
Corporate/business members 10 Books for 14 days 2


All issued materials may be renewed either by telephone, personally at the library, or online via MY RECORDS on the Library Catalogue. Telephone: 016 950 9659/9280/9660, E-mail: library@vut.ac.za

Loans for other materials

  • Reserve section materials are issued in the library for two hours.
  • Audio-visual materials are used in the library for three hours.
  • Periodicals and reference collection items are used in the library.


Fines are charged on all items returned after the due date, at a rate of R1.00 per item per day until the item is returned.

  • Once the student has accumulated a fine of R1.00 no new books will be issued to the client until s/he pays the outstanding fine in full.
  • Books from the Reserve section are charged at R2.00 per hour until the item is returned.
  • Users with material seven days overdue will not get any new material/books or renewals until the item/s in question is returned or renewed.
  • Renew the loan period of all materials issued to you on time to avoid paying fines.