SEALS - South East Academic Libraries System


Welcome to SEALS

SEALS History

The Eastern Cape Higher Education Association (ECHEA) was founded, and SEALS was incorporated as an academic library cooperative project during 1996. In 1998 the South East Academic Libraries System (SEALS) was established by the eight constituent academic libraries as an informal academic library forum in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.  SEALS became a formal academic library consortium in 1999, under the auspices of ECHEA, with the vision to create a virtual library for the Eastern Cape to promote and enhance information literacy, education, research, and economic development for all who need it. Funding received from the Andrew Mellon Foundation in 2000 enabled the implementation of the Millennium Library System for the SEALS Libraries as well as acquiring information literacy software for all sites.

Due to the deregistration of ECHEA the SEALS Trust was registered in 2007 to govern SEALS and to establish an appropriate legally constituent body to receive and administer collective grants and donations.

The SEALS mission is to be a model academic library consortium and a partner in supporting innovative and transformative learning and research in higher education in the Eastern Cape by supporting high standards of learning, teaching, research, and scholarship in member institutions through innovative library services and technologies.

Member Libraries

Nelson Mandela University Library and Information Services 
Previously, Port Elizabeth Technikon, University of Port Elizabeth, Vista University, Port Elizabeth, and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Rhodes University Library

University of Fort Hare Library

Walter Sisulu University for Technology & Science Library and Information Services 
Previously Border Technikon, Eastern Cape Technikon, and University of Transkei

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 1 Mar 2023)

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