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Library Quick Tips: FAQ

Tips for new users of the library

What are the opening hours of the library?

The Library is open 24/7. The Information Desk is staffed Sun-Wed  8am-8pm, Thurs 8am-5pm.
For enquiries, go to or email

Membership Privileges

Who can join and use the library?
The Library serves the University's current faculty, students, staff, researchers and campus residents who hold a valid KAUST ID. Your KAUST ID card is your library card.

Create a PIN for your library account to use the self-check machines and to renew your loans online. For details, click on the For New Users link on the Library Homepage.

How long can I check out a book?
Different materials have different load periods:

Type of Material

Can be borrowed for

Can be renewed

Total Loan Period

General Collection (including travel books)

30 days

Unlimited for 30 days each renewal

Until requested by other users

Non-book materials (e.g. CDs, DVDs)

14 days

Unlimited for 14 days each renewal

Until requested by other users

Reference, Closed Reserves, Newspapers & Magazines

for use in library only

for use in library only

for use in library only

* You will be charged a late fee for materials not returned which have been placed on Hold by another patron, at the rate of 10 SAR/day.  For details, go to Circulation Policy on the Library Homepage.

Off Campus Connection

For off-campus access to our licensed materials, start at the Library Homepage. Find your material using the catalog or the A-Z list. Once you have clicked on the database link, you will be prompted with the proxy login screen. Login using either your Portal ID/PW or your Library account information.

For further assistance, contact

For certain databases (SciFinder and Reaxys), you will need to set up a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection to access the resource. For more information on VPN, visit the IT Intranet page on VPN or contact

Printing Service

Are there printing and photocopying services available in the Library?
Yes. Printing and photocopying services are available in the Library via the Smart Printing Solution provided by KAUST IT (

The Copy Center (Level 0) also provides printing, scanning, lamination, book binding, and poster printing services. Email:

Click here for more details of the Copy Center.

Borrowing & Returning Books

How do I check out and return books?
You can borrow books using the self-check machines.

You can return books via the Book Return bins. Remember to use the self-check machines to return the book before dropping them into the Book Return bins.


Where are the textbooks? How can I buy them?
Books which have been designated as textbooks by KAUST faculty are placed in the Closed Reserves. They have a green dot on the spine of the book. They are for use in the Library only.

Students who wish to place an order for their personal copy should do so in the KAUST Portal. For more details, go to the LibGuide on Textbooks.

Access to eResources

How can I find the titles of electronic journals that the Library has subscribed to? 
The easiest way is to run a search on our alphabetical A-Z list on the E-Resources Portal. Go to the Library Homepage and click on E-Resources Portal.

What about access to databases subscribed by the Library? 
You can access the alphabetical or the subject listings at the Databases A-Z List. Go to the Library Homepage and click on Databases A-Z List.

Can I access Library-subscribed e-resources off-campus (out of KAUST)? 
Yes. Log into your library account to use the e-resources off campus. Alternatively, you can use VPN connection to access the resources. Details on installation available at KAUST IT Intranet.

For more details, go to the eResources Libguide.

Document Delivery Services

How do I request for journal articles not available through the Library?
You can email your request, including a full citation, to

Who can make use of this service and who pays for it?
All KAUST faculty, researchers, post-docs, students and staff are eligible to use this service. KAUST pays the copyright and delivery fees.

Click here for more details.

Research Repository

How can I submit my journal articles to the Research Repository?

Create or log in to your account at Click Submit an item from the menu and choose the collection titled Articles under the bold header Research. Use the DOI or PubMed ID to automatically retrieve information about the articles. Upload the files and submit. After completing the submission, the item will be reviewed by library staff before it appears publicly in the repository.

Library Training

Not sure how to conduct a literature search? Not sure how to use the Library resources and databases? Need help with using EndNote? Sign up for Library Training, details here.

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