Welcome to the Information Studies Programme of the University of KwaZulu-Natal

Information Studies was established in 1973. It offers the full range of study programmes from an undergraduate course in Information Literacy to PhD. Information Studies enjoys the support of an impressive number of organisations in selecting and training students. Its graduates find employment as qualified professionals in libraries and media centres and as records managers. Note that Information Studies is available only on the Pietermaritzburg campus.

The mission of Information Studies (University of KwaZulu-Natal) is to educate and train library and information professionals who are able to apply their knowledge and skills in local and global contexts in a socially-responsive way. Our programme is characterised by innovative research and scholarship which informs a broad-based curriculum with opportunities to specialise at post-graduate level.

Information Studies (University of KwaZulu-Natal) is a leading educator of library and information professionals in Southern Africa and a significant player in the global scene.  Our work advances the field of information and knowledge management and we share our expertise in specialist areas including information literacy, records management, internet studies and indigenous knowledge systems.


  • Produce graduates who are proficient in core areas of Information Studies; are independent thinkers; socially responsive and able to work in diverse contexts
  • Inform our offerings and modes of delivery by innovative developments in ICT
  • Develop our staff as well-qualified, established researchers working in a collaborative environment
  • Underpin our teaching and research activities with appropriate resources and infrastructure

Through our comprehensive teaching programme, socially relevant research and interaction with scholars in the discipline, we contribute to the growth of our profession, and to the life of our School & Faculty. In all our endeavours, actively promote the goals and vision of the University.

December 2013
Prof. Christine Stilwell retires from UKZN
December 05
Speech made by Athol Leach at her farewell function held on the 5th December 2013, at CALS.

I'd like to start off by making three observations. When first looking at the guest I noticed 3 categories of people - colleagues, friends and ex-students of Chris’. Of course I must hasten to add that these categories are by no means mutually exclusive and in fact there is a fourth category into which I have the arguably dubious distinction of falling and this is not only being an ex student of Chris' but a current one as well. I do have this uneasy feeling that Chris’ decision to finally retire from UKZN is somehow linked to my continued presence as a student...

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To you all

I hope my message finds you all in good health. I always think about this marvellous team. Whenever people preach about God’s love I look at them and say they have not experienced it if they have not met this group of loving people attached here. You were God’s instruments to show his love during my stay in Pmb. Through your encouragement you assisted me obtain my degree. I still appreciate your patience , encouragement and love when I was desperate and almost giving up on myself. Even now when I think of you all I shed a tear. I thank God for these marvellous creations of his. May he bless you with good health and prosperity. May the Department grow and attract more students so that it becomes very big.

Who on this earth could sacrifice to stay and ensure the students submits a thesis up to the 24th December, a few hours before Christmas when most people are with their families? That was the greatest sacrifice. Who would sacrifice his time, petrol and everything to pick a student arriving at the airport, and help her find accommodation, who ? even not members of this blessed team.

Thank you all from the deepest portion of my heart.

At times when students appreciate the assistance I give them here I look at them and say they do not know who my mentors are. May God bless you all.


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