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Library Services

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Library Opening Hours?

How do I print or photocopy?

How long and how many books/magazines/DVDs can I check out?

How do I renew books online?

How can I see the books I’ve checked out for my previous projects and returned?

Where are the MLA/APA/Harvard or other Citation help sheets?

Can I download e-books on my iPad, smart phone, tablet or computer or read them offline?

Can I read books online when I am off campus?

Can I access databases when I am off campus? How?

Why don’t the links to the databases work, after I copy/paste them in my email?

I am not sure how/where to start my research; is there anyone who could help me?

 


What are the Library Opening Hours?

Library opening hours vary depending on the time of year. Click here to see the updated Library hours.

How do I print or photocopy?

Printing and photocopying services are available in the Library. You will need to pay for both, although every student receives a certain amount of free printing credit at the beginning of each semester. The amount of free printing credit depends on what course you are studying.
 
If you have credit, just login to any computer in the Library and print your work. If you do not have credit, you will need to purchase this at the Finance Department.

Photocopying credit will also need to be purchased at the Finance Department.
 
Both the printers and photocopiers are located in a room near the entrance to the Library.

How long and how many books/magazines/DVDs can I check out?

The loan period as well as the number of allowed items to check out, depending on the patron, might vary. Please look at the LibGuide on Library Services to know about your privileges as AUD Library user.

How do I renew books online?

Please follow these steps:

  • Go to Find Books
  • Click on the top right-hand side of the page, on Login to your account. Enter the same login information as you enter when logging in to Blackboard or a computer on campus.
  • 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.

How can I see the books I’ve checked out for my previous projects and returned?

Students can view the list of all books checked out during the academic year. Go to AUD homepage and scroll the mouse over Library and select Find Books, click on Login on top right of the screen and then click on the icon My Reading History, you will be able to see the list of all the books you have checked out/returned during the whole academic year.

Where are the MLA/APA/Harvard or other Citation help sheets?

The AUD Library carries both print and online forms of the citation help sheets. You can either come to the Library and ask for a printed copy or go to Library > Find Resources > Citation Styles and view the guide online. Also take a look at Research Help on LibGuide.

Can I download e-books on my iPad, smart phone, tablet or computer or read them offline?

We have access to two major e-book databases (Ebrary and EBSCO eBooks), both of which can be viewed (read) online and offline. However, in order to read an eBook offline or download it from either Ebrary or EBSCO you should follow the steps below and install software on your PC, tablet/iPad, or smart phone:
 

  1. Create an account for free. This is not necessarily AUD account and can be any username and password you will remember in order to keep track of what you’ve been reading and also be able to download eBooks.
  2. Install/download Adobe Digital Editions for your PC, Mac, or laptop. Also, download Bluefire Reader app from Google Play on your Android phone or tablet or from iTunes for an Apple device (iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad)
  3. As you sign in to EBSCO eBooks or Ebrary, search for the title you want to read and then click on “Download this eBook (Offline)” on EBSCO or “Full Download” on Ebrary
  4. You can read your ebrary eBook for 14 days offline and the EBSCO for 21 days.

For more information watch the following Videos on eBooks from EBSCO or ProQuest eBook Central:

 

Can I read books online when I am off campus?

You can access electronic books while inside or outside the university; just make sure you login with the same username and password as your Blackboard and click on “Read Online” or “FullText PDF”.

Can I access databases when I am off campus? How?

The majority of AUD Library Databases are also available while you are off campus. You can access them by entering your username and password (identical to the ones you enter to your Blackboard).

Why don’t the links to the databases work, after I copy/paste them in my email?

A link from a database does not work, because a database does NOT function like a website on the web. In other words, you will require being a subscriber to be able to access the page. Therefore, the URLs of the articles you retrieve from databases are not permanent. We recommend that you emailsave (download), or print the article as you find it.

I am not sure how/where to start my research; is there anyone who could help me?

AUD Library has Librarians whose responsibility are to guide the students, faculty and staff in finding the appropriate keywords, locating resources, accessing the resources and building their bibliography (works cited) list. You are always welcome to ask for help either at the Reference Desk, by emailing us on ReferenceLibrarian@aud.edu 

Also take a look at Research Help on LibGuide.