Library notices

System upgrade for EBSCO eBooks 5 -12 May 2021

EBSCO Services will be upgrading its e-Books from the 5 -12 May 2021. The planned maintenance will affect access to some of the e-Books services as outlined below.

Downloading full eBooks from EBSCOhostEBSCO Discovery ServiceNew Discovery Service

End users will not be able to download full eBooks to read offline from EBSCOhostEBSCO Discovery Service, and New Discovery Service. They will be able to read eBooks online and download eBook chapters, and any eBooks already downloaded will continue be available to users.

Hold alerts

Hold ready alerts will not be sent to end users during the downtime.


Please don’t hesitate to contact for any queries. 

Apologies for inconvenience caused.

Inactive electronic databases

Kindly take note that the below listed electronic databases are currently inactive and will be temporarily removed from ALL Library platforms. A message has been added next to the database title on the A-Z list of e-resources and other discovery tools to alert users of this.

    • IRESS
    • Bureau van Dijk
    • Research Professional
    • SciVal
    • MathSciNet

404 error message display on access to Unisa library e-resources

There is an 404 error message displaying when users access the Unisa library e-resources. As a contingency measure to enable access, please do the following:

  • On the 404 error page, click the browser back button  and choose the e-resource link again.
  • If the back button is not active, close the 404 error page and choose the e-resource link again.

Another problem that might be encountered is an incorrect redirect to the library catalogue page instead of the chosen e-resource. In this case, please follow the same procedure as with the above 404 error.

Unisa ICT is investigating the issue.

Please do not hesitate to send any enquiries regarding these issues to

Resumption of Unisa Library and Information Services under Level 1 COVID-19 regulations

Unisa Library and Information Services are in operation as follows: Read more...

1. Walk-In clients are subject to strict compliance with Unisa COVID-19 regulations of 2 March 2021 (Limited to 33% occupancy).

2. Online services is recommended to access the library 24/7

NB: Florida Science Campus Library is closed due to renovations

Business hours are as follows:

Mondays to Friday : 07h45–16h00

Saturday : Closed

Please read attached document for further details

[PDF] Library services during Covid-19

Last modified: 2021/05/05