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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 S(AIAB) is an internationally recognised centre for the study of aquatic biodiversity.

What's New

New Items in the Library
Warming Waters: What climate change holds for the Cape’s fragile freshwater fishes
Jeremy Shelton

Featured Resource

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Link to previous 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 students:
    enter 6 and student number, e.g. 612M1234
  • 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 / SAIAB Libraries Online Catalogue

Rhodes University Library "Search All"

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


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!

Welcome to The Rhodes University Library Ask Us!



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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