The NCT library was established to coincide with the opening of Nizwa College of Technology. Its aim is the development of educational progress in various fields, as well as capacity development of students and staff and support for the educational process and culture through initiatives such as providing the best information services for all.
The NCT library includes in its holding both printed materials (e.g. books, encyclopedia, newspapers) There are about 5977 books in the college library and around 1887 books in the Self Access Centre (SAC) for English language materials. The library records its materials using the Dewey Decimal Classification which divides knowledge into 10 divisions. Moreover, the college library provides a special section for “Oman Collections” and a special section of Arabic books.
The Library System is a College in-house system that uses computerized means for library users to avail of the Library Services. It allows users to log on using their college ID number. Students access the system through terminals found inside the library and administrative staff and lecturers access the services using assigned library number through the college Intranet. Thus, users can search for information in the library database at any college terminal whenever they need it. They can also use the system to read information on familiarizing themselves with the Library Rules and regulations.
Books can be borrowed from the library. However, reference materials such as dictionaries, encyclopedia and periodicals can be used inside the library only. The borrowing process is indicated in the following table:
|Borrower||Max. Quantity||Period||Renew||Overdue Fine–Per Day|
|Staff||4 books||21 days||One week||200 baizas|
|Student||3 books||14 days||One week||100 baizas|
In cases of loss or damage to a book or any other library collection, the charge shall be a replacement copy. If this is not possible, then the borrower shall be given a fine which is an appraisal of an authorized personnel of the material lost or damaged.
The Reference Section of the library provides:
The library provides researchers with the latest books and references in all aspects of knowledge according to their specialization. This will be done through:
The College Library provides computers and internet service to help users get information through the internet and to help students achieve the goals in their assignments and projects. Also, an E-Library System is opened and shared to all network computers in order to let the users use the system anywhere inside the college.
The Nizwa College of Technology Library was founded in Nizwa, in 1982, during the time when the College is still part of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor. Ever since its conception, the College library has continuously improved through the conversion of its basic services and operations into more relevant and high-tech processes with the use of College system.
In 1995, the library was shifted from the old administration building to the building of teaching aids and resources (now IT Building). The college library started with only a few shelves, housing the few books available. With the support and guidance of dynamic administrations, as well as the development of technological processes in the college, the library started to expand.
Presently, the library uses a computerized system to provide a number of services such as the borrowing and returning of books, survey of the efficiency of the library services and generating reports about borrowed and returned materials. Through its reference section, the College Library offers supplementary services like answering and providing information regarding dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Atlases among others.