Collections

Collection Statistics

2nd Floor Stacks

The library collects materials in accordance with its Collection Development Policy.

With over 345,000 print and electronic items in its collection, the AUS Library is one of the biggest of its kind in the United Arab Emirates. Focusing on scholarly topics taught at AUS, the AUS Library offers a comprehensive collection to satisfy the needs of AUS students, and faculty. The collection can be broken down as follows:

  • 141 000 items including books, CDs DVDs etc.
  • 207 000 accessible electronic books
  • 50 online databases and indexes accessible locally and remotely.

Collection statistics are updated annually.

Physical Collections

The General Collection, books that can be checked out, is housed on the second or top floor of the library. The back issues of print journals are also located here. 

The Reference collection is located on the first or middle floor of the library and contains 4,000+ encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks. Three additional library collections are also located on the first floor: Special Collections, Media (music, DVDs and video) and Leisure Reading (newspapers and popular fiction). Current print journals are also located here.

Virtual Collections

In addition to print materials, the library subscribes to over 171,000 e-books and provides access to thousands of online journals and 50 research databases through the library’s website. Off campus access is available via university login and password.

Collection Details

The AUS Library collection can be divided into the various sections detailed below:

General Collection

Located on the 2nd floor of the library, the General Collection holds the majority of titles in the library. Books located in the General Collection can be checked out at either of the following service points: 2nd Floor Self-Check, Ground Floor Self-Check or Circulation Desk.

Reference Collection

Located on the 1st floor of the library, the Reference Collection holds materials such as dictionaries, encyclopaedias, and handbooks. In most circumstances, materials located in the Reference Collection may not be checked out. Please ask a reference librarian for short-term loan possibilities.

Electronic Book (e-Book) Collection

The AUS Library provides a significant number of books in electronic format via collections such as ebrary and Safari BooksOnline as well as individually owned ebooks. Electronic books can be accessed by searching our library catalog and then clicking on the link to the specific book. Users are provided with direct access to material when on campus and are prompted for authentication when located off campus.

Media Collection

Located on the 1st floor of the library, the Media Collection holds materials such as DVD’s, VHS tapes, Music CD’s and Audiotapes. Material located in the Media Collection can be checked out at either of the following service points: 2nd Floor Self-Check, Ground Floor Self-Check or Circulation Desk.

Periodical Collection

Located on the 2nd or top floor of the library, the Periodical Collection holds the print copies of the library’s periodical subscriptions. Journals may be borrowed, with the exception of current issues.

Arabic Collection

Arabic language material to support Arabic Studies courses is available in the General and Reference Collections.  The collection can be searched in Arabic at any library OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) station or any Arabic enabled computer.

Special Collections

The Special Collections Room has been established to store items whose value or content requires special handling. Policies related to Special Collections can be found in the document, Policies for Selection, Storage and Circulation of Special Collections Materials, available from the University Librarian.

Special Collections is open to all AUS students and faculty, other staff may use the collection with approval of the University Librarian. Students using the Special Collections Room must sign in and agree to the policies governing access prior to using the collections. Special Collections is available at all times when the library is open.

University Archives

AUS Archives is a non-circulating repository for the institutional records of the university. These records represent the history, function, organization and structure of AUS. Archives’ responsibility lies in collecting, maintaining, classifying, and preserving these records, and also making them available to researchers as necessary. Archival material consists of documents, photographs, videos, posters, CDs and blueprints. A recent addition to the Archives has been AUS Masters Theses.

For more information, please see the AUS Archives page.

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