The Margaret Smith Library is named in honour of the first Director of the JLB Smith Institute of Ichthyology, now the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB).
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a diverse collection of printed material: books; reprints; journals; maps; antiquarian works, and a large collection of unpublished 'grey literature', put together by Margaret and JLB Smith in the years following WWII. 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 University. 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. SAIAB is a Research Facility of the National Research Foundation.
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.