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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. For details, go to Circulation Policy on the Library Homepage.

Off Campus Connection

For off-campus access to library-subscribed materials:

1) Use the KAUST Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection. Once you are logged in, you will be able to access all the databases just like you are on campus. For more info, go to IT Intranet or contact 910 or


2) Install the EZPROXY Bookmarklet (instructions below). At the journal article page, click on the bookmarklet you've created. You will be prompted to login with your network ID and PW to access the content.


How to install the EZPROXY Bookmarklet

Google Chrome users: Drag the orange EZPROXY Button above to your bookmark bar.

Firefox users: Right-click on the orange EZPROXY Button above and select "Bookmark This Link".

Safari users: Drag the orange EZPROXY Button above to your Toolbar.

Internet Explorer Users: Right-click on the orange EZPROXY Button above and select "Add to Favourites".

For all the above browsers, you can edit/rename the bookmark.

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.

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.

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.

AirMedia - Wireless Presentation

For instructions on connecting to the TVs in the discussion rooms, click here:

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.

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