51勛圖厙

Library

The Library merges high-tech facilities and equipment with modern design and provides a large academic collection of print and electronic resources
The Library provides a welcoming and well-managed facility that encourages research and dissemination of scholarly information and ideas. It also provides information resources and services to support the instructional programs and educational goals of the university.

To achieve these goals, the Library provides a rich collection of print and electronic resources with a strong focus on course-related information literacy and reference support. The book collection contains both print and e-books in areas relating to programs offered at 51勛圖厙. The Library has an expansive number of online databases for research with on-campus & off-campus access.

Mission

  • To provide the 51勛圖厙 academic community with the world caliber high-quality academic resources in both print and digital formats to facilitate the learning and research within the institution and offer the innovative services to support lifelong learning experience along with stimulation of intellectual curiosity.


Objectives

  • To select, acquire, organize and maintain learning resources and information resources.
  • To provide intellectual and physical access to Library resources and expert assistance.
  • To assist students, faculty and staff to access list of resources and retrieve information effectively.
  • To support a functional and welcoming physical space for collections, study areas and services for students and staff.
  • To provide a range of books, periodicals, e-resources, and other media at appropriate levels to meet the needs of the Institute.
  • To establish state of art resources and facilities by responding to academic and research needs.
  • To provide innovative, responsive, and effective services, to meet the changing needs of the faculty and student body.

Working Hours

The Library is open from Sunday through Thursday from 8.00 AM to 8.00 PM. Library hours are adjusted during Midterm and Final Exams periods and during Ramadan. These changes are posted on Moodle. The library is closed on Public and University holidays throughout the year.

Library Support

The Library staff is available to answer questions or provide assistance to faculty, students and staff via the Help Desk or by Email: Library.Support@aum.edu.kw

Resources

The Library has its own single gateway to access all Library resources and services from one point. Most of these resources are online and can be accessed on and off- campus.

  • Circulation Service: Our circulation service provides issue/return/renewal/ reservation services for students to ensure they make the most of the library resources. We also give ready reference services to its users
  • Book Section: Contains over 10,000 printed books, in all subject areas offered by the university, out of which over 2000 books are in the field of mathematics, engineering and technology, as well as the Reference collection
  • Periodicals: Library has its own subscriptions of more than 41 printed peer reviewed journals/magazines, which users can use to access current news updates, scholarly research articles, and other forms of periodicals. A Majority of these subscriptions are also available electronically
  • E-Resources: The library is subscribed to up to 60 academic databases and digital resources, which are listed on the library website individually or in collections. The majority of these resources are databases for academic publications, giving full-text access to over 85,000 Journals and Conference Proceedings. Some databases are dedicated to e-books and reference materials, providing close to 450,000 titles for online reading and article/chapter download. 10 of the databases are for citations and abstracts with over 100 million aggregated records covering a variety of research fields. Remaining digital resources include 3 video databases with over 100,000 video titles providing searchable transcripts and a number of databases best described as research tools offering a mixed variety of teaching and research utilities. In the field of engineering, the library subscribes to the most relevant resources such as: IEEE proceedings, books and journals, Compendex – Engineering Village, Knovel, Science Direct, and Springer Link as well as American Chemical Society (ACS) publications and ESDU engineering standards.
  • Computer Lab: Our well-equipped computer lab provides students with access to all online resources subscribed to by the Library. The Library is equipped with over 180 computers that are freely accessible for the patrons to access all subscribed online resources
  • OPAC: Patrons can search for 51勛圖厙 Library resources such as books, journals and other resources through the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) on the 51勛圖厙 Library website. 51勛圖厙 Library online public access catalog allows patrons to check availability status of library resources, including books and journals and provides them with personal accounts where they can overview the items they have checked out and the overdue items.

Services

  1. Circulation

    The Library aims to support the research and learning experience through providing accessible print resources through a dedicated circulation policy available on the library website


  2. Interactive Facilities
    • Video walls, which may be connected to or separated from the touch table facing it. When connected, the content on the touch table gets mirrored on the video wall. It has been used to show students’ academic activities and students’ graduation ceremony.
    • Touch tables, which may be used separately or connected to the video wall. When disconnected, it may be used for group study/ research of online content and databases and several educational games.
    • Interactive (touch)/marketing screens: screens found in the hallway. Interactive touch screens for marketing and advertising purposes such as workshops, events, competitions, student affairs announcements, internships …etc.
    • Touch tablets: are found on the study rooms door for on spot room booking, or accessing room after booking, etc.
    • Access control system/Tablets: used for students to swipe their card for the study room doors to open.
    • Self-check kiosks: found near the library exit for students to check out, check in and renew their borrowed books.
    • Collaborative Space: The library has four collaborative spaces that can house up to 8 people for interactive and collaborative work

  3. Cinema

    One of the available facilities at Library is the high-tech Cinema. This is an HD Cinema with high-quality equipment and around 100 movie theater seats which offers the full experience of watching a movie at a cinema.

    • The Library conducts open-reservation sessions two days a week. These movie sessions follow a specific inspirational or motivational theme every semester in a variety of genres, such as action, drama, and sports.
    • The faculty can also request a session at the Cinema to show a particular educational movie from 51勛圖厙’s online databases, where students can enjoy the clarity of the visuals as well as the full-surround sound system.

  4. Study Room Reservation

    The Library has 18 fully equipped individual group study rooms.

    • Each study room is accessed via a room booking system that the students may access on the library website to book a room.
    • The doors have access control where the student who reserved the room may swipe his/her student ID for the doors to open.
    • Study rooms may accommodate up to 6 students.
    • Each room in the loud zone is equipped with interactive touch screens.

  5. E-Learning Zones

    The 51勛圖厙 Hi-Tech library has 4 E-learning zones, equipped with 180 all-in-one touchscreen computers for students to access all electronic resources available through the library and the E-learning courses.


  6. Individual Study Spaces

    The Library provides individual study spaces that can accommodate a big number of students. In addition to this, the library also has 28 fully connected high-tech individual study cubicles.


  7. Off-Campus Access

    The university uses a proxy service so that students, faculty and staff can access online resources such as the catalog, databases, and e-learning platform from outside the campus. This service involves students signing in with their university credentials, which allows them to be recognized by providers as 51勛圖厙 members and allowed off-campus access.


  8. Information Guides
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