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Welcome to the SAIAB Library


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

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Situated in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) is an internationally recognised centre for the study of aquatic biodiversity. (Find us here)

As a National Facility of the National Research Foundation (NRF), SAIAB serves as a major scientific resource for knowledge and understanding the biodiversity and functioning of globally significant aquatic ecosystems. By virtue of its unique position with regard to both marine and freshwater biogeographical boundaries, southern Africa is ideally placed to monitor and document climate change.

From a marine perspective South Africa forms the southern apex of a major continental mass, flanked by very different marine ecosystems on the east and west coasts, and projecting towards the cold southern Ocean large marine ecosystem.

The biodiversity of inland waters is equally relevant to the national interest and SAIAB’s scientific leadership and expertise in freshwater aquatic biodiversity is vital when dealing with issues arising from exponentially increasing pressures of human population growth and development.


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    Accessing RU Library e-resources from Margaret Smith Library

    Library users using SAIAB IP adresses are consided to be  Off-campus users.

    You will be prompted for:

    • library login name as registered at the library
    • barcode number off the back of your card
    • 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 Ctcrulation front desk.



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