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              3.1.  Library

              DU library is one of the main pillars of the educational process at the university. It is called
              Sheikh Mustheel bin Ahmed bin Ali Al-Mashani’s library. It was established in 2004 and moved
              to the current building in 2010. DU library provides information services to students and faculty
              from  various  sources,  such  as  books,  references,  periodicals  and  other  electronic  databases
              and  Websites.  The  current  printed  sources  collection  consists  of  over  (31,000)  Thirty-one
              thousand  books  and  references,  more  than  (250,000)  two  hundred  and  fifty  thousand  of
              electronic  books,  and  (100,000)  one  hundred  of  electronic  university  theses.  The  library
              provides the services of counseling, lending, and reserving for all eligible individuals.
              The library is located in a separate building which consists of three floors with a total area of
              4000 square meters equipped with a lift. The library occupies a convenient place amid university
              colleges and administration building. The building is divided into reading rooms, computer labs
              and special shelves for books, references, and periodicals. It also has administrative departments
              that manage technical operations and provide services for library users.
              The library uses electronic systems such as Virtua and RFID to computerize the holdings and
              management  affairs.  The  library  uses  Library  of  Congress  Classification  system,  MARC  21
              system and Anglo American Cataloguing Rules for organizing the library sources. This enables
              students to search for books through the e-library site on the internet. In the library there are
              computers distributed among the floors along with three computer labs with 55 computers for
              search  in  the  internet  and  a  computer  lab  with  40  computers  in  the  electronic  library  for
              searching electronic resources e.g. books, journals, electronic and theses.

              The  library  seeks  to  ensure  an  appropriate  environment  enhanced  with  rich  information  to
              serve beneficiary community for all majors and research according to the university programs.
              The library works on qualifying and training its staff to be able to employ professional methods
              and modern technology in the processing and delivery of information services for the library
              users.  The  library  established  relationships  with  other  university  libraries,  information  and
              cultural institutions for inter-library loan purposes and sharing different information sources.
              The  library  offers  its  services  through  five  departments  with  specific  tasks  as  follows:
              Acquisition  Department,  Circulation  Department,  Reference  Department,  Cataloguing  and
              Classification Department, periodicals and e-Library. The library is open on all working days from
              8.00 am to 8.00 pm.

              3.2.  University Bookstore

              The Dhofar University bookstore has been established in February 2017. It is located on the
              ground floor of Common Classroom Building. It aims to provide convenient and easy access to
              the students and faculties for their textbooks to support their courses. Students can access the
              bookstore from Sunday to Thursday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

              3.3.  Computing and Networking Services

              CNC provides an integrated environment of information technology networks that support and
              enhance  the  academic  activities.  Academic  computing  capability  is  provided  by  numerous
              laboratories, as well as by campus-wide networked facilities.  All laboratories are networked
              and have access to local and remote servers as well as the Internet.  All University buildings and
              labs  are  connected  with  fibre  optics  networks.  E-mail  services  are  available  to  all  faculty,
              students and staff.
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