Library Collections

Archives and Special Collections

You find listings of Archives and Special Collection on the Archives page.

Periodicals Collection

Located on the First Floor. Users may search titles through OPAC or browse new titles displayed on the shelves. Only bound volumes may be borrowed for a maximum period of 3 days.

Open Shelf Collection

This is the main collection of the library materials, where users can have free access to books and periodicals on the First and Second Floor. Registered users may borrow these items within the terms stipulated in the Procedures and Borrowing Privilege of the library.

General Reference

This is located on the First Floor and includes atlases, encyclopaedias, dictionaries, thesaurus and directories. Items from this collection must be used within the library and preferably within the reference area.

Short Loan

Items, for which usage is expected to be high (prescribed), are placed on reserve in the Short Loan Section on the recommendation of the lecturers. Two items may be borrowed simultaneously for a period of four hours only. Items may be taken out overnight from 20:00 but must be returned by 09:00 the next day. The primary objective of this section is to make limited copies of items that are prescribed to lecturers available to as many users as possible. Current newspapers and popular magazines are also available here and reservations may be made for overnight loans.

Serial Collections (Periodicals)

This is a collection of periodic materials that are usually published on a daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly basis, such as journals and magazines etc.The collection is located at first floor on the eastern side of the library.

Electronic Resources Collections

The library provides access to journals, books and references materials in electronic format through databases such as: EBSCO, Emerald, Britannica Academic Edition, Sage, Science Direct, Springer link, IEEE etc. The e-resources can be accessed both on campus and off campus from the library webpage, Library access available for library users. Remote access to the e-resources is restricted to currently registered UNAM students and staff only.

Special Collections

Located on the Lower Ground Floor at the Windhoek Campus and on the ground floor of the Oshakati Campus contains items about Namibia, government publications and theses. These are closed collections and items must be requested from the Special Collections staff.

Institutional Repository

The institutional repository is an online database for collecting, preserving, and providing open access to the research output of the University of Namibia. The repository consists of research articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, technical reports, thesis and dissertations produced by UNAM students and staff. The institutional repository can be accessed through the URL:

Theses and Dissertations Online

The Library provides remote access to electronic copies of full-text theses and dissertations produced by UNAM postgraduate students as well links to full-text thesis and dissertation by UNAM staff completed in other institutions of higher education through the Institutional Repository:

UNAM Digital Collections

The Digital collections provide access to few selected undergraduate research projects produced by UNAM 4th and 5th year students. The database also provide access to past exam papers. The digital collection can be accessed through this link:

Legal Deposit Materials

Legal Deposit Material means the document or information which in terms of section 8 is required to be deposited at a place of deposit.

Place of Deposit means

  1. the National Archives
  2. the National Library
  3. the Parliament Library
  4. a place which in terms of section 8 (1) has been declared a place of deposit, example the University of Namibia

generally available in relation to a document, means a document which is meant to be available, whether for payment or not, to

  1. any person; or
  2. a member of a body of persons whose membership is open to any person who qualifies for membership

In respect of each document which intended to be generally available, a producer shall (unless exempted under this Act)

  1. if that producer is a government office, deposit twenty copies of the document with the National Archives, or if that producer is not a government office, deposit five copies of the document with the National Library, and
  2. furnish the prescribed information, in the form determined by the minister to the National Archives if the producer is a government office, or to the National Library if the producer is not a government office.

Law Reference Collection

This collection comprises of Namibia and South African Law Reports and Core Law Textbooks, among other materials. Users can borrow CD-ROMs and DVD`s and can make use of a multimedia computer viewing room available on the second floor.

South Africa Law Reports, Audio-Visual Material and Sheet Music

Users can borrow CD-ROMs and DVD`s and can make use of a multimedia computer viewing room available on the second floor.

Library Contacts

+264 61 206 3878
+264 61 206 3059
+264 61 206 3740
+264 61 206 3538
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+264 61 206 3876
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