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Margaret Smith Library, SAIAB: Home

This library at the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity shares resources and services with Rhodes University Library

Welcome to the SAIAB Library


MON - FRI 08h00-13h00; 14h00-17h00,
Closed weekends and public  holidays

Find us on the lower ground floor of the SAIAB Building, Somerset Street, Grahamstown.

Tel   046-603-5838 / 046 603-5802
Fax  046-622-2403

Private Bag 1015
6140 South Africa

Ask the Librarian  |  SAIAB Website  |

Latest News

DIFS/ SAIAB Seminar Series 2015
The next presentation in the DIFS/SAIAB Seminar Series will be by Prof Jay Stauffer (Distinguished Professor of Ichthyology, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management in the College of Agriculture Sciences at Penn State University)

The Diversity of Fishes and Fish Behaviour in Lake Malawi

Venue: Lecture Room, SAIAB, Somerset Street
Date:   Thursday, 23 April 2015
Time:   10.30am

 Book launch:

When I was a fish: tales of an ichthyologist
Mike Bruton

Date: Thursday 23 April

Time: 19:00
Venue: South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB), Somerset Street, Grahamstown

Eats and drinks will be served

 RSVP: by 17 April 2015 

Read more

Water World 2015

Wander through watery wonders at Water World
Scifest Africa 2015 at SAIAB

Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) (Pic: Terry Goss)

NRF Signs Berlin Declaration

The Berlin Declaration

On 20 October 2014 the National Research Foundation signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. 

Read more on the Blog

Not just old stuff in boxes

Farol Pinda c.1950

We have recently received a donation  from Australia. As well as an author’s presentation copy (#94) of JLB Smith's Old Fourlegs - “with compliments to AT Wood, Esq” - there are letters and photographs from JLB Smith to AT Wood, dating from the 1950s. Read more

Accessing RU Library e-resources from the Margaret Smith Library

Rhodes University Library users using SAIAB IP adresses are Off-campus users.

You will be prompted for:

  • library login name
    as registered at the library
  • barcode number
    off the back of your card, or for:​
    Rhodes students: enter 6 and student number, e.g. 612M1234
  • PIN
    in order to access the library resources

If you do not have access please register here for your "My Library Account"

  • you must select your own PIN
  • you must be registered for the current year as a RU Library user

Note: The librarians at SAIAB cannot register you -- you will have to do this at the main RU Library Circulation front desk.


This network is intended for staff & students from Rhodes as well as from other eduroam participating organisations.

academic email
and password

Rhodes students
and password