Contributing to research and teaching in aquatic biodiversity

through heritage collections and a global web of data

The Margaret Smith Library is named in honour of the first Director of the JLB Smith Institute of Ichthyology.

The Library grew from a diverse collection of printed material: books; reprints; journals; maps; antiquarian works, and a large collection of unpublished ‘grey literature’, put together by Margaret and JLB Smith in the years following WWII. Many of the books are now housed as a special collection, which has always been referred to as the "Rare Books"

These resources supported their own research on the marine fishes of southern Africa, and formed the nucleus of a library for the then Department of Ichthyology at Rhodes Now housed at SAIAB, the library continues to be a valuable national and international resource for the study of both marine and freshwater fishes, fisheries and aquaculture.There is a strong focus on Africa.

The library shares resources and services with Rhodes University Library. Our main Rhodes University users are from the Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science, (DIFS) as well as faculty and students from other science departments researching aquatic biodiversity topics. We are also open to visitors worldwide, including similar university departments and ichthyology and fisheries institutes.


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Read more about Margaret Smith on our blog

The life and work of Margaret M. Smith / Mike Bruton (c.1986)

JLB Smith, his life, work and list of new species / Margaret M. Smith



Open Access 2016 at Margaret Smith Library 

Margaret Smith Library and Social Media 

Library Orientation 2018



The fish illustrations on this page are by Elaine Heemstra from Coastal Fishes of Southern Africa by Phil and Elaine Heemstra, and Dave Voorvelt from Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Southern Africa by Paul Skelton