I am a PhD student with Dept of Environmental Sciences off campus. I would like to access the University of Zimbabwe Library for some classic hard copy books. Is it possible to get a letter from Rhodes Library for me to use at UZ?
On request we do provide our Senior Postgraduate students with a letter of introduction to other academic institutions and we stand surety for them. This only applies to South African Universities. Where a Rhodes student visits an institution beyond South Africa's borders, we can only provide a letter of introduction and do not stand surety.
Extract from the RUL Collection Development & Management Policy 4.7
Staff and senior postgraduate students have access to other academic libraries in South Africa based on the Committee for Higher Education Librarians
in South Africa’s (CHELSA) Memorandum of Understanding between South African University Libraries.This provides for the mutual rendering of certain library and information services with a view to the cost efficient use of resources for purposes of maintaining and improving library and information services for higher education and research in South Africa. One of the agreements is that on production of a letter of introduction and surety from the parent institution, a staff member or senior postgraduate student will be allowed to use the facilities of another tertiary institution’s library in South Africa. If the student lives in the institution’s environs, she/he will be allowed to borrow material from that institution’s library. Under this agreement, staff and students who have access to other academic libraries are subject to the rules and regulations of the host institution.