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New Students and Staff: Getting Started at Rhodes Library: My Library Account & Off-Campus Access

Welcome to Rhodes University Library - a dynamic place to visit! This guide has been designed to assist you to become familiar with both print & electronic resources and on-site & virtual services at the Library

Setting up a My Library Account/PIN

On the Rhodes Library Website, click on My Library Account under Quick Links on the Left Hand side of the Page.  On the Library Account Login page, fill in the form as follows:

  1. Type your name and surname in the first box. Use the TAB button to go to the next box.

  2. Rhodes students use your student number starting with a 6 as library barcode number e.g.612M1234.

  3. Do not enter a PIN

  4. Click on Submit                                                         

      5.  On the next page type in a PIN of your choice: it can be any word, number

           or combination of the two, not longer than 8 characters, e.g. an4k8mw

      6.  Re-type your PIN in the last box.

        7.  Click on Submit.

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

A personal identification number (PIN)  allows you to login into your personal library record so that you can:

  • login and view your loans and fines

  •  add preferred searches and reading lists

  • see your reading history if you activate the Opt-in option

  • and modify your PIN and email address.


Rhodes off-campus access to the Research Databases

Most of the databases and e-resources provided at RUL might be available on the web; but they are NOT FREE.

If you are on-campus, your student status/Novell login will enable you to access these databases and e-resources. 

In order to access these databases and e-resources from off- campus, you will need to set up a My Library Account/PIN .


If you have problems, please telephone the Loans Desk (046) 603-8463 or contact the Faculty librarians . Please quote your name and student number.


Certain databases may be accessed on campus only, due to publisher licensing restrictions. An example is Datastream.

A third category of databases are password accessible only. The login codes for these databases can be found on the
Rhodes Intranet. When accessing this Intranet site from off-campus, you will be prompted to use your Novell login, which is the same as the login you use to access your Rhodes e-mail account. Please keep these login codes confidential! They are to be used by bona fide Rhodes staff and students only.

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