Client Engagement




Monday to Friday 08.00 – 00.00 Hours
Saturday and Sunday 08.00 - 16.00 Hours

Closed During Public Holidays



Monday to Thursday 08.00 - 1630 hrs
Friday 08.00 - 1600 hrs
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed



Any current student, faculty or staff of the University of Zimbabwe with a valid University of Zimbabwe ID.


Your University of Zimbabwe student or staff ID serves as your Library card. Bring items and valid University of Zimbabwe ID to the Circulation Desk. Please check out materials at least 15 minutes before closing time

Materials Which May Be Borrowed Materials Which May Not Be Borrowed
Books from stack rooms
Reserve materials
Reference materials
Government Publications
Rare books
Current/unbound periodicals


Books Undergraduate Students Graduate Students Faculty/Senior staff
Ordinary Loan 14 Days 14 Days 60 Days
Short-term 3 Days 3 Days 3 Days
Reserve Books 9:30 to 12:30 noon and overnight loan 9:30 to 12:30 noon and overnight loan 9:30 to 12:00 noon and overnight loan
Book limit 4 books from Open shelf 10 books from Open shelf 9 books from Open shelf
1 book from Reserve 1 book from Reserve 1 book from Reserve


  • Overdue fines are sent as a courtesy. Failure to receive a notice does not absolve the borrower of the responsibility of returning overdue materials


  • US$1 per day for the first 5 days.
  • US$2 per day from the 6th day onwards.


  • US$2 per day for the first five days and US$3 thereafter.


  • US$1.00 per hour for the first two hours and US$2.00 per hour thereafter


Fine payments are done at the Main library at the Circulation Desk.


Lost books are charged a non-refundable processing fee of US$5 plus replacement cost of the book.


The library will determine the cost of repair and bill accordingly. Materials that cannot be repaired will attract a replacement fee

  • Students, Faculty and Staff are responsible for all materials charged to their accounts.
  • Avoid fines by returning all library books on time


US$10 will be charged above the fine, for failing to attend the Book Defaulters’ Meeting.
NB: The judgment passed by the Committee will stand.

  • Taking out an un-cleared book - US$20 fine per item.
    Approved readers US$20 fine per item plus cancellation of membership.
  • Using another student’s I.D. - US$10 fine.
  • Allowing someone to use one’s I.D. -US$10.
  • Purchasing a stolen library book cost of the book.
  • Selling books belonging to the Library US$10 fine, plus book value, plus US$5 processing fee.
  • Defacing a book - US$10 fine plus cost of the book plus US$5 processing fee.
  • Using two accounts to borrow books US$10.
  • Loosing the disk for the baggage area US$2 fine. All fines paid should be receipted.
  • Leaving your bag overnight in the baggage area US$2 fine.
  • Flouting carrel regulations US$2.
  • Making noise in the Library US$3.
  • Use of cell phones in the Library US$3.
  • Misuse of computers (accessing control panels or changing settings, e-mails, word processing, using diskette,playing computer games) US$3
  • Eating in the Library US$2.

Users with outstanding fines will not be allowed to borrow books.


Ask at the Reference Desk for lost materials


Library Rules


Library users:

  • Should show UZ ID card on entry to the Library
  • Are responsible for all items borrowed on your ID card and for knowing the date when they should be returned.
  • Must renew or return all items on or before the date due back or earlier if asked to do so .
  • Must not lend your ID to any other person. You should report lost card immediately.
  • Must never attempt to remove material which has not been issued to you.
  • Must not deface, mutilate or damage any item of Library Material. >
  • Should not make noise in the Library.
  • Must not smoke, eat or drink in the Library.
  • Should leave your bags and satchels in the baggage area.
  • Should not bring or leave valuables such as money, IDs, cell phones, etc in the baggage area or in bags. The Library will not be responsible for loss of users belongings.
  • Must not bring into, or possession inside the Library building:
    • weapons, including firearms
    • inflammable or explosive article or substance.
    • Any pet animal
  • Will not be granted access to any UZ Library building if he/she is under the influence of liquor or drugs.
  • Must switch off mobile phone before entering the Library.




Undergraduate and post graduate, part-time and occassional students with a valid ID card are registered to use the library in the Reader Services Division.


Academic staff,visiting researchers and contract staff with valid UZ ID can be registered for borrowing in the Reader Services.

Approved Reader Membership

These are non-University customers. Membership comes with a fee paid in the bursar's department. This membership is vetted by the Head-Reader Services. Academic staff and all staff spouses and children and emeritus professors, ambassadors can be registered as Approved readers without paying the designated fees. An Entry Pass is given upon registration at the Reader Services Reference Desk. This membership does not come with borrowing previleges.



Print Periodicals are available in respective Stackrooms according to subject. Reserve periodicals and newspapers are available from the Research Commons circulation area in the second floor of the right wing of the Main Library. Older journal issues published before 1975 are located in the periodical stacks in the basement of the Main Library. Law journals are held in the Law library, Medical journals at the Medical library and Veterinary journals in the Veterinary library.




The UZ Library provides electronic access to a wide range of Electronic Information resources including full content journals, Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD), Database of African Theses and Dissertations (DATAD) abstracts only, Online Past Exams, Institutional Repository database (IR), full-content databases, indexing and abstracting databases.

These resources can be accessed via the library website. The subject resources databases are links created by faculty subject librarians. These are gateways to resources in the various subject areas. Here you will find details of journals available through the Programme for the Enhancement of Research Initiative (PERI) programme as well as others in various subject areas.


  • Internet facilities and services are available to all current registered UZ students.
  • Undergraduates and other students are allowed to use public workstations in the main hall for 60 minutes per session per day.
  • Application for permission to use the Public Workstation shall be made to the Librarian on duty on the information Desk.
  • Students should abide by the University of Zimbabwe Email and Internet use Policy.

The library also offers the following Internet services

  • Individual or group training is provided by professional librarians in a well-equipped computer lab.
  • Training on effective use of information services.
  • Searching specific document for customer.
  • Document delivery services
  • Assisting library users search online journals, e-books and the internet in general


The UZ library offers pleasant and inviting reading environment for the purpose of study and research. These include lower and upper reading rooms, carrels and adjoining reading rooms in the stack rooms.


Publications that are not held by the library may be requested through the Reader Services Division ILL unit. An application form is completed in each request, which should include all bibliographic details. Payment by the applicant is required if the library supplying the materials charge.


Photocopies can be made in the library by a commercial vendor subject to the provision of the Copyright Act.


Private, lockable study carrels are available to postgraduate students. To use this facility, postgraduates should collect and sign for the keys from the Information Desk


The Library offers binding services for students’ Theses and Dissertations at a fee.


The Information Desk is located on the ground floor and is manned by Library professionals during the day and in the evenings. Do not hesitate to consult the desk on:

  • How to use the Library, its resources and services
  • Using electronic resources
  • Subject information sources and resources
  • Subject/faculty Librarians
  • Use of public computer workstations
  • Borrowing Information etc


The catalogue is a large database listing most of the material in the Library. You can use OPAC from any of the computers in the Library or from any PC with access to the campus wide network. You can find books by author, title, key word and or subject.

The entry will give you the location and full bibliographic record. The map in the Main Hall will tell you where to find that location number. If you know how to use the OPAC you will make better use of the library and also save yourself a great deal of time.

Persons with Special Needs

What Library services are available for Persons with Special Needs?

The UZ Libraries is committed to providing services and facilities that support access to library resources by all users including persons with special needs. There are assistive devices and services for users with special needs available in the Main and Disability Resource Centre (DRC) Libraries.



Retrieval of Information

For users whose condition prevents them from using the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) machines in the library, to search and retrieve library materials, library staff can assist to locate required items. Library staff can also assist in retrieving known library items from the library shelves. Visit or contact the Main Circulation Desk in the Main Library on Extension 12012 for assistance.


Special Needs Corner

The Main Library has a Special Needs Corner with a Desktop Magnifier and five desk top computers equipped with assistive devices for persons who are visually impaired. Located in the Main Hall, it is reserved for users with special needs only. The computers are equipped with the following tools:

  • Job Access With Speech (JAWS). JAWS Professional is a powerful accessibility solution and screen reading software that reads information on screen using synthesized speech. It provides many useful commands that make it easier to use programs, edit documents, and read web pages. JAWS enable the Visually Impaired to use computers to access electronic resources such as the OPAC, e-Resources and lectures recorded in electronic formats.

  • Access Apps. A suite of over 60 open source and freeware Windows applications which run from a USB stick. Access Apps provides a range of solutions to support writing, reading and planning as well as specific disabilities.

  • MAGIc Screen Magnification Non Speech Software: Available on the computers is this software that enables low vision users to magnify text on a computer screen.

  • Merlin Desktop Magnifier: Facilitates improved viewing and reading of text images captured from physical books or print materials

For assistance on accessing the Special Needs Corner, contact the Circulation Librarian (call Extension 12011, or mailto: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )


DRC Library

This is a branch of the UZ Libraries established to provide more customised services for people with special needs in the form of assistive technologies, support services and training. The Library is located in the DRC Building at the UZ Main Campus and it hosts an assortment of assistive devices, computers and laptops equipped with software that empowers the blind and the low vision to independently access information in the Library. For details on services and materials available, visit the page Disability Resource Centre Library.

Special Collection

A Brief Introduction

The foundations of the Special Collections date back to 1959 when Sir Stephen Courtauld, a philanthropist presented a collection of Greek and Roman coins to the then University College of Rhodesia in celebration of the founding of that University. This collection was meant strictly for purposes of teaching and research. The pioneering example set by Sir Stephen Courtauld was followed by W.A. Godlonton and Professor C.M. Doke who generously donated their own collections of books, manuscripts, memoirs etc. to the library. The collections bear the names of the donors in recognition of their generosity. Over the years the number of collections has grown to 11 and these are Godlonton Collection. Thesis Collection, Doke, African Writers, Arts, Papadopoulos, Astor, Courtauld Coin Collection, Government Publications, International Organizations and Rarebook Collection, Microfiche Collection and Photographs Collections.


The Special Collections Department is located on the Mezzanine Floor of the Main Library, University of Zimbabwe, Churchill Avenue.

Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday 08:00hrs to 16:30hrs
Fridays 08:00hrs to 16:00hrs
Closed Saturday,Sunday and Public Holidays


Assistant Librarian Special Collections
University of Zimbabwe Library
P.O. Box MP45
Mount Pleasant
Telephone: Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How to use Special Collections

Consulting Material No special Collections material is held on the open shelves. The Special Collections is a closed area and users do not enter beyond the Issue Desk from where they are served. Special Collections material is consulted within the library except for some publications in the African Writers Collection.

Borrowing Procedure:

User gets bibliographic details from the catalogue, i.e. author, title class mark, name of collection;
Fills details on “Application for Use” form available at the departmental issue desk and hands to staff at the desk.
Surrender a current University of Zimbabwe Identity Card . The U.Z. I.D. card will be given back to the user when the publications is returned.

Material in the Government Publications/International Organizations is for consultation in the library only, some African Writers and Doke Collection Publications are issued out for a loan period of two weeks.