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The library at the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity contributes to research and teaching in the aquatic sciences through heritage collections and a global web of data. Resources and services are shared with Rhodes University Library

Welcome to Our 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 Librarians  |  SAIAB Website 


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.

What's New

New Items in the LibraryFeatured YouTube video: Open Science


What is land-based fish farming?

Watch the Conservation Fund's Freshwater Institute video to find out how recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) technology provides a sustainable, local way to farm healthy fish that’s good for people, the economy and the environment.

Featured Resource

BASE is one of the world's most voluminous search engines especially for academic web resources. BASE provides more than 100 million documents from more than 5,000 sources. You can access the full texts of about 60% of the indexed documents for free (Open Access). BASE is operated by Bielefeld University Library.



Link to earlier Featured Resources

Using RU Library Logins at SAIAB

Library users using SAIAB IP addresses are Off-campus users. For RU Library resources, you will be directed to this page

You will be prompted for

  • Surname (library login name)
    as registered at the library
  • Barcode number (Rhodes)
    6 followed by student number
  • 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 -- do this at the RU Library Circulation Desk.

Rhodes University Library "Search All"

Comprehensive search of catalogue, articles, journals, books, media across all RU Libraries and the holdings at NMMU, UFH and WSU Libraries.

Rhodes University / SAIAB Libraries Online Catalogue


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

academic email address
and password

Rhodes students

Needing Help? Ask Us!

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Questions? We've got answers for you!

  • search for answers to previous questions by keyword e.g.: anthropology database

  • browse our topics

  • ask a new question

For more urgent and complex questions, please contact your Faculty Librarian.

Please note that your questions and our answers may be made public to assist other users of the Library's services.  All personal information will be removed from questions to retain privacy.

You can also search the Subject Guides for answers

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