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Just the Rules!

Format Quantity Loan Period Renewals
Books 8 3 weeks 1
Topic Books  3 1 week 1
ESL Readers 3 3 weeks 1
Journals (back issues) 2 1 week 0
Media (DVDs, CDs, etc.) 3 1 week 1
iPads 1 1 week 0
Electronic Equipment 1 1 day (overnight) 0
Course Reserves* 1 Varies 0

*In-library use reserve material is due back before students leave the library (after 2 hours or 4 hours). Reserve material that circulates outside the Library have varying due periods, depending on the instructor's request.

  • Students are responsible for all materials checked out on their account and in the event of loss, will be liable for replacement fees.
  • Fines are not imposed on overdue material but overdue items will result in borrowing privileges being suspended.
  • Students with overdue material or outstanding bills at the end of the semester will not be able to register for classes, receive their grades and/or diplomas until the material is returned, and outstanding bills are paid.
  • Students are responsible for returning all material checked out on their name. 
  • Items may be renewed for the same period as the original loan period.
  • Items that may not be renewed, include: course reserve material, iPads, journals and electronic equipment.
  • Books may be renewed via the library catalog, by renewing the item at the library, or by telephoning the library circulation desk during the Library’s normal hours of operation.
  • Items that have been reserved by other patrons will not be renewed. 

 

Follow these steps to renew your books online

Go to Find Books

  •  Login to your account (top, right-hand side)
  • Enter the same login information as you use for Blackboard
  • Select the books/titles you want to renew, and then click Renew Selected or Renew All.
  • If the item is Not renewable or if there are any issues with renewing online please call the circulation desk +971-4-318-3183
  • Note: Make sure you check the date item has been renewed to! You can only renew books and DVDs and magazines ONCE.
  • Borrowers may reserve a circulating item checked out to someone else.
  • A HOLD will be placed on the item and the borrower will be notified when it is returned.
  • Borrowers have 3 days to collect item(s) from the circulation desk.
  • Items not collected within three days will be returned to the circulating collection.
  • Fines are not imposed on overdue material but overdue items will result in borrowing privileges being suspended.
  • Students with overdue material or outstanding bills at the end of the semester will not be able to register for classes, receive their grades and/or diplomas until the material is returned and outstanding bills are paid.
  • Any circulating item may be recalled for the use of another patron, or for course reserves.
  • Items that need to be replaced due to loss or damage are charged at the replacement cost of the item, including a processing fee of AED 75.00.
  • Replacement costs will be determined when the item has been declared lost. If an item is out of print, its replacement cost will be the average cost of an item for that subject.
  • Borrowing privileges will be suspended, grades and transcripts withheld, until lost or damaged items are paid for and cleared from a borrower’s account.
  • All borrowers should collect reports and statements for lost or damaged items from the circulation desk and pay at the Finance Department.
  • Temporary blocks may be placed on student accounts with overdue material during the course of a semester. Blocks may include the suspension of access to Wi-Fi and Blackboard.
  • Students with overdue material or outstanding fines/bills at the end of the semester will not be able to register for classes, receive their grades and/or diplomas until the material is returned and outstanding bills are paid. 
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Browsing the Shelves

Books in the main collection (non-fiction) are arranged on the shelves according to the Library of Congress Classification system. This means that books on the same subject will be shelved together. 

A: General Works  
B: Philosophy, Psychology, Religion  
C: Auxiliary Sciences of History, such as Archeology,Genealogy, Biography
D: World History, including history of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand 
E-F: History of the Americas
G: Geography, Anthropology, Recreation  
H: Social Sciences
 Political Science 
K: Law  
L: Education 
M: Music  
N: Fine Arts  
P: Language and Literature  
Q: Science  
R: Medicine  
S: Agriculture  
T: Technology  
U: Military Science  
V: Naval Science  
Z: Bibliography, Library Science, Information Resources

Find a Book in the Main Collection

Books in the Main Collection have addresses - a Library of Congress alphanumerical code. 

 

Library of Congress call numbers begin with letters that represent various subject areas. The main subject classes may be narrowed  by the addition of a second letter, called a subdivision.  For the full list of the main classes and their subdivisions, see the Library of Congress site.

How do I find a call number on the shelf?

  1. Find the correct letter combination. L comes before LA on the shelves.
  2. Look for the number - be sure to look for the whole number. 19 comes before 23 and 23 comes before 2340 (two thousand three hundred forty).
  3. In the last line, first locate the letter and then the decimal. .M371 will come before .M38

This image shows the order in which some sample call numbers would appear: L 19. M322, LA 23. M38, LA 2340. M371, LA 2340. M38