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Margaret Smith Library, SAIAB: Home

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. (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.

What's New

 New Items in the Library    Featured YouTube video: Open Science

Featured video;
Ending Overfishing

Open Access Week 2016 | October 24 - 30, 2016 | Everywhere

Using RU Library Logins at SAIAB

Library users using SAIAB IP addresses are Off-campus users.

You will be prompted for

  • Surname (library login name) as registered at the library
  • Barcode 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