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New Students and Staff: Getting Started at Rhodes Library: Take a Break from Studying in the Library

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

Some Fun Things to do in the Library

We want you to feel at home in the Library.  So here are some things to do when you need a break from studying...

Popular Reading

Popular Reading

Take a break from your academic work.

There is a wide selection of lighter fiction, biographies and other readers on Level 4 but now you can also find a selection of popular books in the "chill" area on each floor

You are welcome to read in the Library, or borrow the books for leisure reading time at home 

RUL also subscribes to Overdrive, a collection of e-books and audiobooks for leisure reading, which are selected by the Library. If you would like to recommend an e-book, please contact Fiona Charlton ( in the Information Commons (level 2)


Board Games...

Keep Calm and... play Board Games!!

There are a variety to choose from (Scrabble, Chess etc.).

Just ask the Librarians at the hubs



Browse through our collection of DVDs on Level 1. You may take them on loan for two days OR view them at a private booth in the Library.



 Connecting People through News

Provides unlimited access to 6,000+ newspapers and magazines from around the world

News Sources in the Library

The Library has access to a wide variety of Newspapers and Magazines which are available both Online and in Hard Copy.


Online Access is possible via PressReader and  NEWSBANK: Access World News


Hard Copies of the latest issues of the following are available in the

News Lounge on Level 1 of the library:

Daily/Weekly Newspapers

Business Day,  Daily Dispatch, Grocott's Mail, Herald (Eastern Province), Mail & Guardian,  Sunday Times, Star.

Back copies of The Burger (1874-2008), Daily Dispatch, Grocott's Mail, The Herald and the Mail & Guardian are housed in the Cory Library (Eden Grove)

 Popular Journals/Magazines

Economist, Financial Mail, Getaway,  National Geographic, Newsweek, New Scientist and Time Magazine.