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CHSS Library: About the Library

The guide provides user information about library hours and location, services and general links

CHSS Library

The Library serves the information and research needs of the College of Humanities and Social Studies community. Graduate students and faculty have access to an array of print, multimedia and online digital resources and additional access to resources available through Qatar Foundation’s (QF’s) Qatar National Library and inter-library loan services. Language Center students have access to a selection of resources specific to language study and appreciation and are encouraged to use all other resources on a reference basis. 

Books, back issues of print journals and multimedia resources are available for loan. Access to online databases and resources are available on campus only for CHSS resources and everywhere in Qatar for QNL resources. In addition to circulated material, reference works and current periodicals are available to be used in the library. 

The Library supports an environment conducive to quiet study, research and reading. A librarian is available to deliver information skills instruction, and assist with reference and research needs.
To support and complement library resources, CHSS provides individual and group work spaces, computer workstations, multimedia equipment and digital media production facilities.

Library Circulation Policy

Check out Policy 

  • CHSS students, faculty and staff may check materials out.
  • Students should have their CHSS ID cards to check out materials.
  • Students, faculty and staff are responsible for all items checked out to them.


Course reserve materials, multimedia and journals may not be renewed. All other circulating materials may be renewed once, unless a hold or recall has been placed on the item by another user.


A hold may be placed on checked out items. The requesting user will be notified when the item is returned. The item will be re-circulated if not collected within two days.


Faculty staff may request a recall on a circulating item for the benefit of the academic program. Recalled items should be returned within three days. Overdue fines may be imposed after a period of time.

Overdue Materials

Fines may be charged on all overdue material. Overdue notices will be sent via email as a courtesy.
Borrowing privileges may be suspended and transcripts withheld until all outstanding library materials are returned or replaced.

Damaged or lost items

Items that need to be replaced due to loss or damage are charged at the replacement cost of the item plus processing fee.

Library Use Policy

The library is a quiet zone:

  • Use of mobile phones is allowed but ringers must be switched off and phone conversations should always be conducted outside the library.
  • Please use earphones to keep the noise level down when using multimedia resources.
  • Facilities are available outside the library for group work and discussions.
  • Remember to remove personal belongings and dispose of litter when leaving the library. Unattended books and belongings will be removed to make space for other users.
  • Water and covered drinks are permitted but open drinks and food are not. Please exercise caution with beverages around library equipment and resources.
  • The library provides limited facilities for the reproduction of resources, so please observe copyright restrictions and also consider other users.