The Library at Open Window (OW) facilitates a culture of continuous learning by offering a collection of books, periodicals and DVD’s to meet the study needs of our students. In addition, it offers access to electronic resources for the broadening of knowledge and academic research to students and faculty members alike.

EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)

EDS brings together the Library’s print holdings and electronic collections in a single interphase, giving you access to thousands of credible books, e-books, articles, peer-reviewed journals and a variety of other useful resources for your research needs. Here you will be able to reserve books from the Southdowns Campus Library as well as access key readings and electronic resources. Your Google account will be required to access this platform. Alternatively, you can access EDS via Canvas or Google Apps when logged into your Gmail account. You can also download the EDS Mobile App using the QR Code below.

For further assistance, contact the OW Librarian, Gontse Mathabathe at

or Scan the QR CODE

Journal and Magazine Collection

3D World is the best-selling international magazine for 3D artists, covering the fields of animation, VFX, games, illustration and architecture. Print magazines are available in the Library.

3D World

Creative Review is a bi-monthly print magazine focused on design, advertising, photography, branding, digital products, film, and gaming. Login required. Print & Online. Print magazines are available in the Library.

Creative Review

The Creativity Research Journal is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal that covers research into all aspects of creativity. Print & Online. Available on Taylor & Francis. Print magazines are available in the Library.

The Creative Research Journal

Design Journal is the leading international peer-reviewed journal covering all aspects of design and its interdisciplinary practices. Online. Available on Taylor & Francis.

Design Journal & Design for Health

Frieze is the resource for contemporary art and culture, offering reviews, essays, interviews, videos and podcasts from around the world. Login required. Print & Online. Print magazines are available in the Library.


ImagineFX is a digital art magazine that features workshops and interviews with artists from the science fiction, fantasy, manga, anime, game and comic disciplines. Print magazines available in the Library.

The Creative Research Journal

JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources in the humanities and social sciences. Part Access/Login is required.


Mousse is a contemporary art magazine that traces the currents of contemporary culture through articles, interviews, and conversations. Print Magazines available in the Library.


Taylor & Francis publishes high-quality academic journals and books spanning multiple disciplines, including humanities and social sciences. Part access/Login required.

Taylor & Francis

Wired is a monthly American magazine that focuses on how emerging technologies affect culture, the economy, and politics. Print Magazines available in the Library.


Other Open Access: Journals

Academic Journals accelerates the dissemination of knowledge.

Academic Journals

The Peer-reviewed Open Access Online Journal for Animation History and Theory.

Animation Studies

A journal collection of various software history and theory journals.

Computational Culture

DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.


The Fashion and Race Database provides an accessible, academic treatment to one of fashion’s most critical topics facing us today.

Fashion and Race

The Fibreculture Journal is a peer-reviewed international journal, exploring issues and ideas within the Fibreculture network.

Fibreculture Journal

The international journal of computer game research.

Game Studies

Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine.

Google Scholar

Rhizomes is an independent online journal (ISSN 1555-9998) published twice yearly.


Sabinet ensures easy access to credible, accurate and updated information.
Part access.


Subscription and open access journals from SAGE Publishing.
Part access.

Sage Journals

Senses of Cinema is a quarterly online film magazine founded in 1999 by filmmaker Bill Mousoulis.

Senses of Cinema

Transformations peer-reviewed journal addressing the transformative processes of new technologies and mediating practices.


Open Access: Books

Library Hours

During Academic terms

Mon – Thurs: 08h00 – 18h00
Fri : 08h00 – 15h00
Weekends: Not open
Student Holidays:
Mon – Fri : 08h00 – 15h00

For any library-related enquiries please feel free to contact Gontse Mathabathe at

Did you know?

The OW Librarian will help with information sources you cannot find or access.
We are part of the Inter-Library Loans (ILL) system in South Africa. Free service for honours students only.
Printing facilities are available in the library. Arrange payment via our Finance office.
All you need to do for assistance is to ASK the Librarian.