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Library Services

Circulation Services:

Borrowing privileges are extended only to currently enrolled students and faculty and staff who hold valid university of sharjah ID cards.

Faculty are eligible to borrow 20 books for one academic semester. Teaching assistants can borrow up to 15 books for 4 weeks. Postgraduate students are eligible to borrow up to 15 books for 4 weeks, while undergraduate students can borrow 8 books for 2 weeks. Non-academic staff can borrow 8 books for 2 weeks. However, the number of books to be borrowed is subject to change depending on course requirements and availability of related books.

Textbook, reference works, and periodicals can be borrowed exceptionally after getting the librarian's permission for overnight or weekends.

Borrowed materials can be renewed, if not in high demand, on hold or if the borrower is due to pay fines for being late in returning the borrowed book. Teaching staff can place some materials on the reserve shelf to be used at the library. 

Furthermore, teaching staff can benefit from reciprocal borrowing from the American University of Sharjah, according to a cooperation agreement between the two Universities.

Circulation Policy outlines further details regarding item renewal, reserving, over-due fines and damaged item fines.


Reference Services:
Professional librarians are available to provide Reference Services by guiding users in searching and accessing a wide range of library information resources and services.
Reference services have moved from the "traditional desk service" to working with users off-site. Hence, we are just a phone call or keystroke away. Inquiries can be submitted either in person, by phone, or by using the e-mail, or fill Ask the Librarian E-Form available through the library homepage. 


Literature Search:
Reference Librarians provide users with information packages on specific topics upon request, comprised of documents and result lists retrieved from multiple information resources such as books, research papers, databases, the Web, .etc. 

Research Assistance:
Specialized, In-Depth Research Assistance is provided on request. Students, working on research projects are encouraged to schedule a meeting with the reference librarian to seek help in defining the topic terms, formatting a well-built search strategy, selecting proper resources to search, performing the search and locating materials.
Document Delivery Service:  Faculty, researchers and students are entitled to request an unlimited number of documents from scientific journals, conference proceedings, reports or other documents. In case UOS Library does not hold the requested items in stock, they will be ordered from the British Library Documents Supply Center. Such facility is also made available through ILL arrangement in practice with other local and regional academic libraries. All are available free of charge to our users. To request a document, please fill the Document Delivery E-Form.

Current Awareness Services​:
In order to keep faculty, researchers and students aware and abreast of new resources and services, libraries offer Current Awareness Service in various ways. Database platforms which also provide this service electronically to the users.
The UOS Libraries offer Current Awareness Service such as:

  • Library staff create Alerts or RSS feeds for faculty to enable them to receive Table of contents of recently published journal issues.   
  • Regular library updates are e-mailed to faculty and students, to promote new resources and explain procedures on how to access and search them
  • Announcements on library issues, such as new services, resources, new issues  of the library newsletter, on trial resources, etc. are posted through the university homepage and the library homepage;
  • A New Arrivals List includes books acquired books and is published on the library homepage regularly.
To request Current Awareness Service, please fill in the Current Awareness E-Form
Training / User Education:
The library has developed a dedicated program to keep faculty and students be aware of the latest information resources acquired by the library, and to enable students to search, find, retrieve, evaluate and make efficient use of resources in the rapidly changing information world.

  • Sessions are conducted upon faculty request, for groups or on a one-to-one basis, in two levels, basic and advanced.
  • A r​eference librarians may visit the classroom on faculty request and provide a customized course-related session covering information resources on specific subjects.
  • Students may schedule with the reference librarian, individually or in groups, for specialized instruction sessions to seek help in their research projects.

Sessions are supported by research video tutorials, brochures and hand-outs posted on the library homepage.

Library Facilities


  • Computer / Internet Labs: Computer Labs at UOS Libraries support the students, faculty and staff by providing access to the campus network, the Internet and to a growing number of web-based educational resources. The networked computers are loaded with a variety of general applications programs and connected to networked printers and scanners. Searches can be performed individually or with the help of a Reference Librarian. Search results can be saved, printed, or e-mailed to the users' personal accounts.
  • Wireless Networking: Wireless Networking is available in all University of Sharjah libraries to allow library patrons to use their own laptops and access the Internet, library catalog, and other electronic resources.
  • Printing: Lab computers are connected to networked self-service printers for both black & white and color copies.
  • Photocopy Services: Self Photocopying Service through a coin operated photocopy machine is available in all four libraries.
  • Scanning: Scanners are connected to the networked computers for student use.
  • Multimedia Rooms: A State-of-the-Art Multimedia Rooms are equipped with new educational technology and are available for use by students and faculty through reservation at the reference desk.