The Deanship of Library Affairs works diligently to provide library services to all employees of Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, including academic staff, members of the administrative body and students, in addition to beneficiaries and researchers from outside the university. The most important services are as follows:
1. Reference Service:
The service aims to guide the beneficiaries to obtain information as quickly as possible with minimal effort through the beneficiaries’ service unit. A unit where a number of information specialists work, to assist the researcher to obtain the required information accurately and easily. The beneficiary service offices are available in the reception's area. The beneficiary can also obtain the information they want without visiting the library, through the “Ask the Librarian" service published on the University website, Deanship of Library Affairs page.
2.Auto Index Service:
This service saves a lot of time for the beneficiary, as it presents the resource and location of the subject for which they search. The Deanship of Library Affairs provides assistance on how to use such indexes to access the required resources.
3. Introductory Tours Service:
This service is provided to delegations from outside the university and new students of the university, to introduce the services and halls of the central library.
4.Ongoing Briefing Service:
The Library provides the ongoing briefing service with the aim of keeping the beneficiaries briefed with the library updates.
5.Copying and scanning Service:
It is one of the necessary services, as self-copying devices have been provided in order to facilitate copying and save the beneficiaries effort and time. It allows copying a certain ratio of the source of information, in accordance with local and international legislations and rules on the protection of copyright and intellectual property.
6. Computer and Internet Service:
The library has computers connected to the Internet, which are available in the central library and branch libraries to facilitate the search process for beneficiaries.
7. Membership Application Service:
A community service provided to beneficiaries from outside the university, by granting them a membership card entitling them to borrow according to the membership application requirements outlined in the membership application form published on the University website, Deanship of Library Affairs page.
8. People with Special Needs Service:
A special hall is provided for people with special needs, and it is equipped with the latest technologies to serve them.
9.Reading Counseling Service:
A service aims to develop students' reading taste and equip them with the skills of selecting the appropriate reading materials for their needs, to help them solve their problems, as well as instilling and developing reading habits in a manner that consolidates it inside them.
10. Digital Library and Databases Service:
In the context of the Deanship of Library Affairs' interest to provide modern sources of information to meet the needs of the beneficiaries, a subscription was made to the Saudi Digital Library, which is unique and affiliated to the Ministry of Education; in order to support other sources of information available already in the University libraries.
The Saudi Digital Library is considered the largest academic repository of information resources in the Arab world, with more than 262,000 scientific references covering all academic disciplines. It has contracted with more than 300 international publishers and continuously updating this content, thus contributing to a huge accumulation of knowledge in the long term. The Digital Library icon has been included in the Blackboard Learning Management System.
11. Book Retention Service:
Faculty members and the like have the right to retain some books for a specified period for the use of the students inside the library. The retained books shall not be externally borrowed, and the chief officer of borrowing may not allow the borrowing of a book if she considers that there is an urgent need for non-borrowing of it.
12. Research Carrel Service:
The Deanship of Library Affairs has been keen to provide the appropriate place for in-house access and research and studies by providing private research carrels, with good ventilation, and suitable lighting, equipped with computers connected to the Internet, which are of two types:
· Research carrels in the Central Library for academic staff and postgraduate students, which are booked by filling the form published on the University website, Deanship of Library Affairs page.
· Research carrels for undergraduate students, available in the reading rooms of the central library and branch libraries, without booking.
13. Classrooms Service:
They are well-ventilated rooms with suitable lighting, equipped with computers connected to the Internet, which can be used by academic staff with a small number of their students. It also could be used by a group of students for group discussion and studying.
14. Training Halls Service:
The Deanship of Library Affairs has made its training and interactive halls available to academic staff and training units, which are booked by filling the form published on the University website, Deanship of Library Affairs page.
15. Reading Rooms Service:
The library includes multiple rooms for reading and research, equipped with computers and Internet service where the beneficiary can read and research.
16. Borrowing Service:
It is the process of registering the resources of information in the name of the borrower to be used outside the library. The process is supervised by the borrowing officer, who registers the material before borrowing, in order to ensure that it will be returned by the same borrower. Such process is carried out in accordance with the approved borrowing controls.