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LIBRARY

Introduction

The Library at KCST is the hub of all academic activities, offering collaborative learning spaces, audio visual rooms with presentation facilities and study carrels for serious learning, in addition to a wide variety of teaching and learning resources. It also makes provisions for specially-abled learners.

Entitlements of Library Members
  • All students, staff and faculty of the College are entitled to have membership of the Library, upon completion of the Membership Form.
  • All Members are entitled to borrow books and other documents from the Library as well as avail themselves of other library services. Reference material is to be used inside the Library only.
  • Library Members may recommend purchase of books and other documents and resources in the Library through their respective Academic Advisors.
  • Library Members are entitled to use physical and computing infrastructure available in the Library, and to book discussion Rooms and Conference facilities in advance.

Library Services

The Library provides the following services to its users using both conventional and IT-enabled means:

  • Circulation: This includes issuing and returning of print documents, reminders, reservation of documents, overdue charges, membership, etc.
  • On-line Public Access Catalogue (OPAC): OPAC is one of module of the integrated automation system used by the Library.
  • Inter-Library Loans (ILL) / Document delivery: These services are provided with cooperation of other libraries in Kuwait and abroad. Commercial vendors may also be engaged for electronic document delivery services.
  • Reference Service: A service provided using print as well as web-based electronic resources. Bibliographic / Full-text Database Search: The Library provides access to relevant bibliographic and full-text databases from commercial publishers, open access resources, learned scholarly societies and university presses.
  • User Orientation Programs: A service provided for familiarization of users and optimization of their information-seeking capabilities. Alerts: A service linked to the alerts provided by most publishers and facilitated by the Library for interested Users.
  • Access to e-resources: A subscription-based service both within the campus as well as off campus.
  • Library Web Site and Subject Gateway: The Library web site as integrated interface to all library services and as gateway to other e-resources.

Terms and Conditions of Library Use

  • Student must always carry their Membership Card when making use of the Library facility, especially when borrowing books at the Circulation Counter.
  • All library resources must be borrowed before leaving the Library. Un-borrowed items taken beyond the Electronic Gate of the Library would be considered as stolen. Offenders are liable for suspension and stern disciplinary action;
  • The Library can recall any issued book even before the due date in case of urgency.
  • Users shall not write upon, damage or mark any book belonging to the Library.
  • A User causing any damage to books or any other property belonging to the Library, shall be required to pay the penalty imposed upon him / her by the College authorities.
  • Students should check the books before borrowing to ensure that these are not damaged. If a book is found to be damaged or certain pages are missing, the borrower should get this statement recorded on the book, otherwise he / she shall be held responsible for the damage, discovered at the time of returning the books.
  • The Security Guard at the Library gate will check personal belongings, in order to ensure that no un-borrowed items are being taken. Library books issued to Members will also be checked.
  • Personal book(s) may be allowed inside the Library once permission is obtained from the Library Manager.
  • Talking on mobile phone in Library premises is prohibited.
  • Smoking in the Library is not allowed.
  • Membership privileges can be suspended on account of misconduct involving Library staff or other Library Users.
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