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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  9am-6pm, Thurs 9am-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. For KAUST users, you can use your KAUST Username/PW to login to your account to renew loans, place holds or suggest a purchase.

For community users without a KAUST Username/PW, you can create a password with your KAUST ID number.

For details, click on the My Account 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.

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.


AirMedia - Wireless Presentation

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


Where are the textbooks? How can I buy them?
Books that 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.


Printing procedures during campus closure


Upload your files, select the printer "CommunityHub1" or "CommunityHub2". You should go to the Community Hub and collect your print.
Community Hub is located in the Discovery square.
Opening time: 10 AM to 12 PM on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday only.                           

Hold books procedures during campus closure


During the COVID19 pandemic, we’ll process the hold, as usual, and leave it in a bag at the information desk with a customer slip attached to be picked up by the customer.

Access to eResources

How can I find the titles of electronic journals that the Library has subscribed to? 
The easiest way is to use the KORAL search box on the Library Homepage. It searches for books, journals, journal articles, databases, etc., found in the Library collection.

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.

How can I access Library-subscribed e-resources off-campus (out of KAUST)? 
 Details available in box on left on Off-Campus Connections.

Library Training

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

Research Repository

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

Visit, log in, fill in a short form about your item and upload the files. You will receive an email with the permanent link to the item after your submission has been reviewed by library staff. Discover what is already in the repository at:

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.

Subject Guide

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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, bookbinding, and poster printing services. Email:

Click here for more details of the Copy Center.
Click here for Print Shop Menu.

SMART Printers

How to release my first print job on the SMART printer?

The procedure for registering KAUST ID for the first time to use SMART printers:

-Wave/Swipe the KAUST ID on the printer’s waving area.

-Log in using the KAUST ID "NOT KAUST ID NO.!

-Then, enter the password of the KAUST credential 'the same password used to login to the KAUST portal".

-Finally, you are ready to release your first print job.

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