: The University Library
The University Library was established with the founding of Al-Shari'a Faculty in 1971. At the beginning the Library occupied few rooms in the main building. Today it occupies the fourth floor of Umar Ibn Al-Khattab Building with an area of 1320 m2. It is furnished and equipped in a way which suits a University Library the acquisitions of which from different sources of information parallel the development of the University, the increase in its specializations and the increasing numbers of its students and employees.
The University is supplied with sources of printed and non-printed information as well as virtual information through visiting exhibits or corresponding with research centers or donors. At the beginning of 2010 the Library collection reached 53000 information resources. In addition, the Library subscribes in the electronic database Ebrary which provides access to about 50.000 titles, the subscription in it continues till 2015.
Thus the number of printed and electronic books exceeds 100,000 books.
The Library also subscribes in the Ebsco database which provides access to 16,000 academic journals in addition to the Ibdaa' database which is the Arabic portal for administrative information through which journals in administration in the Arab world can be accessed, in addition to the proceedings of the conferences and papers of the seminars in administration in all Arab countries. It also provides access to the distinguished academic theses in administration in the Arab world, and this is not to mention a collection of electronic databases in which the Library participates through the Palestinian Library and Information Centers Consortium(Palico)
The Library uses the Dewey Decimal classification System in classifying its collection. It refers to the list of Arabic subject headings to build the subject catalogue in the Arabic Language. Also it refers to Sear's list of subject headings to build the subject catalogue in the English language.
The electronic catalogue was built in cooperation with the computer center at the university. It is continually being updated. The second version of it was published at the end of October 2009. A search screen is available through the web site of the University.
Services Offered by the Library:
- The Library uses the barcode system to facilitate the electronic lending process. This requires that Library subscribers bring the University I.D. which is used in the lending process.
- A member of the administrative or teaching staff can borrow 5 books for a month, an M.A. student 4 books for 20 days, a graduating student two books for twenty days,and the B.A. student one book for ten days.
- The lending staff in the Library gives and receives books, follows up on acquaintance, sends messages for those who are late, follows up on statistics related to size of lending and kinds of books and subjects and other matters.
There are two photocopy machines at the Library by which the student himself can photocopy at a symbolic price. There is a screen for the photocopiers which illustrates how to photocopy.
Through this service the researcher is helped in using the electronic catalogue and knowing the electronic websites in which the University subscribes and knowing how to use some references such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies and others.
Sections of the Library:
A. Work Section
- Users' Services Section: it supervises lening, photocopying, guidance, shelving and computers.
- Technical procedures Section: it supervises acquisition, classification, other procedures such as binding, writing at the outside cover of the books, and putting stamps and classification symbols and others.
B. Sections of Information Sources:
The sources of information were combined as follows:
- Sources Section: In it there are books which may be lent to researchers for a specific period of time.
- References Section: In it there are books which may not be lent such as secondary sources which are indexes, bibliographies, and primary sources such as dictionaries encyclopedias, guides, yearbooks, biographies, atlases, and others.
- Special Collections Sections: Each of the following collections is in a special place, and these collections are:
- The M.A. theses and Ph.D. dissertations collection.
- Collection of publications by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.
- Collection of Arab and foreign fictions.
- Collection of the United Nations publications.
- Collection of government publications.
- Collection of materials other than books which includes compact discs, audio and video cassettes, maps, and vertical files.
- Collection of French books.
- Collection of Hebrew books.Periodicals Sections: In it there are Arabic and foreign printed periodicals. In the Library there is a guide for available issues of these periodicals.
- The catalogue: In the Library there is the electronic catalogue which is considered a key for accessing the books from several entrances. It is available on the website. There are computers inside the Library through which the catalogue can be used, in addition to the possibility of using it outside the Library.
- Salah Al-Deen Abu_ Sneineh: Director of the Library, M.A. in Library and Information Science , Hacettepe University, Turkey, 1996.
- Ihab 'Awad: Technical Procedures.
Section, Library Science Diploma, Arab Community College, Jordan, 1987.
- Nahla Al_Bakri: Users' Services
Section,Library Science Diploma, Al - Quds College,Jordan, 1983.
- Sanaa' Abdeen: Technical' Procedures
Section, B.A. Arabic Language , Hebron University, Palestine, 1984.
- Nizar Al-Shaikh: Binding Section
Commerce Diploma, The Arab College, Jordan, 1982