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Library and Information Services



In pursuance of the NMMU vision in becoming a dynamic African University that provides cutting edge knowledge for a sustainable future, NMMU LIS aspires to be the global leading academic library and information service that is recognized as an innovative, creative and accessible partner in advancing the teaching, learning, research and engagement goals of the University.


To achieve our vision, we must be characterized by:


  • Well-resourced campus libraries
  • A people-centred quality services
  • Competent, value driven and professional staff
  • New technologies and methods to enhance access to information resources
  • Organizational effectiveness and sustainable financial strength
  • Access to global and digital information resources


Having attained our vision, we will be able to:


  • Equip our users to be self-directed life-long learners
  • Contribute to the development and enhancement of a knowledge based society
  • Play an important role in the sustainable development of our community






Our Mission is to facilitate access to quality information resources and services for excellence in research, teaching and learning and to provide physical and virtual spaces to our Users by:

  • Providing an environment in which users of all abilities and backgrounds feel welcome and secure
  • Identifying, evaluating and satisfying the information needs of our users
  • Structuring systems and developing gateways to provide prompt, integrated, convenient and user-friendly access to resources enabling us to meet our service delivery objectives
  • Partnering with users to ensure that they become skilled in discovering and using information
  • Participating in cooperative and collaborative programmes with other institutions to enhance resources provided and services offered
  • Providing access to high quality scholarly information resources, user-focused services, physical and online spaces
  • Providing pathways to enrich learning and research experiences enabling engagement with the university and the wider community
  • Striving to broaden and deepen users’ interactions with existing and emerging information eco-systems
  • Supporting excellent scholarship via library spaces, online access, supply of:  printed library material, multimedia and networked devices.
  • Discoverability and accessibility of intellectual outputs to the world





  • Responsibility
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Diversity
  • Respect for the Natural Environment
  • Ubuntu