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Knowledge and Information Management Services

The Knowledge and Information Service (KIMS) Division preserves and facilitates open access to SAMRC’s rich knowledge. Additionally, KIMS supports SAMRC researchers in conducting research by providing access to print and electronic information.  We also promote SAMRC researchers by analyzing their research publications footprint to showcase their expertise.

The SAMRC InfoSpace is the online repository designed to showcase the scholarship coming out of the South African Medical Research Council.
This list provides access to information about the databases and electronic resources provided by Knowledge and Information Management Services Division.
SAMRC information specialists conduct literature searches, with the cost of this service depending on the requested databases.
Cost structure
Services offered
Article sourced locally: South Africa
  • R40,00: 1-15 pages
  • R55,00: 16-30 pages
  • R70,00: 31-45 pages
  • R85,00: 46-60 pages
  • R100,00: 61-75 pages
  • R115,00: 76-90 pages
  • R130,00: 91-105 pages

Article sourced internationally: British Library and CISTI

  • R150,00 - upwards depending on the copyright fee

Faxed photocopies

  • R55,00: 1-15 pages
  • R70,00: 16-30 pages
  • R85,00: 31-45 pages
  • R100,00: 46-60 pages
  • R115,00: 61-75 pages
  • R130,00: 76-90 pages
  • R145,00: 91-105 pages


  • R40,00 per unit

All prices include VAT - A 10% handling fee is added when invoices are issued.

The SAMRC’s interlibrary lending service provides researchers with photocopies, books and other material not available at other institutions.

Who qualifies for interlibrary lending? 
All SAMRC staff and the public.

How to submit requests?
By email to

How long will delivery take? 
Requests are processed as soon as possible. SAMRC material is provided to other institutions within two to five days and requested material is sourced by the SAMRC from other institutions within 21 days.

Are there limits to what can be sourced? 
Certain categories of material are not readily available through interlibrary lending (e.g. rare books, special collections, audio-visual materials, reference works and entire issues of periodicals). Photocopies can be made of these documents (subject to the Copyright Act 98 of 1978). Copyright law limits copies to no more than one article from a single issue and no more than 10% of the specific issue to be copied for the same client.

How much does it cost?
Document delivery services and Cost (as above)
SAMRC staff can use their project codes to cover payment while external clients are required to pay in cash.

What is the loan period? 
Loan periods vary, depending on the policy of the supplying library. On average, loan periods range from four to eight weeks.

Who must the material be returned to? 
All material obtained from and through KIMS on ILL must be returned to the SAMRC, - either personally or by means of registered or insured mail.

To order and purchase publications or bibliographical resources, please contact the SAMRC’s information specialists.

Monday-Friday: 08:00-15:30 

Saturday, Sunday, and Public holidays: Closed

Contact Details

Ms Nobubele Tandwa
Division Manager
  • +27 (0) 21 938 0397
Dr Natasha Langdown
Chief Information Officer
  • +27 (0) 21 938 0470
Ms Merle Pietersen
Chief Information Officer
  • +27 (0) 21 938 0658
Ms Sharleen Lategan
Senior Information Officer
  • +27 (0) 21 938 0435