Answered By: Phumelele Mhlongo
Last Updated: Dec 01, 2014     Views: 19

The short answer is no, university libraries aren't governed by specific legislation as in the case of public and community libraries (Department of Arts and Culture), or any school library policy (Department of Basic Education) .  The libraries in the public higher education sector (and in fact for the TVET sector as well  -  the old FET colleges) are departments (support services) of their parent institutions who in turn fall under the Department of Higher Education and Training.    So the only legislation would be that governing the parent institutions which in turn would cascade down to the libraries.       And then there are the private universities (like Monash) who have libraries attached to them. 

Having said that though,  do have a look at the latest version of the Transformation Charter where university libraries are discussed.    http://www.nlsa.ac.za/Downloads_01/2014_Final_LIS_Transformation_Charter.pdf

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