UTAS-Nizwa library includes about 3711 title of books & references of various fields of science and technology and around 1081 title of books in the Self Access Centre (SAC) for English language materials.
UTAS-Nizwa Library offers a borrowing books service for students and staff by using Library Online system that provides online service of searching resources, borrowing and managing library books. Library & SAC also provides computers and Internet services for students & staff.
The UTAS-Nizwa library includes in its holding both printed materials (e.g. books, encyclopedia, newspapers) There are about 3711 tilte books in the college library and around 1081 title 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 was designed by programmers in Educational Technologies center to keep abreast of developments in the process of entering and retrieving book data and for saving loan and return operations. It is also including interface for users to make it easier for them to search and browse the titles of books that provide in the library by enter to the electronic services from college web. Also the library system provides to the users reserve and renew the books, and also reservation the dissection room.
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:
|Staff||4 books||21 days||One week|
|Student||3 books||14 days||One week|
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.
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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 UTAS-Nizwa 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.