A history of the University of Natal Libraries, 1910 2003

  • Nora Buchanan University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Christine Stilwell University of KwaZulu-Natal
Keywords: Academic libraries KwaZulu-Natal History, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Libraries History


This study documented the development of the two libraries of the University of Natal from 1910 to 2003. The historicalresearch method was chosen as the optimal method for the collection and analysis of data, the broad approach to thestudy being interpretative. Understanding the present and anticipating and managing change depends to some extent onour appreciation and understanding of history. This study, by investigating the historical record of the University of NatalLibraries, is not only a revelation of the past but also assisted in identifying possible future trends in academic librarianshipin South Africa, particularly as far as the management of multi-centred libraries is concerned. In addition, the value of thestudy lies in the consolidation and interpretation of information in numerous unpublished records and scattered,ephemeral sources.


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