About Central Library
Prince Sultan University aspires to become the leading, non-profit, private university in the Middle East, providing a quality education equal to other reputable universities in the world.
Central Library’s mission is concurrent with the university’s mission. It supports the University's mission to provide first-class education and life-long learning. To achieve its mission, library acquires, organize, preserve and provide access to relevant information resources in variety of formats to meet teaching and research needs of PSU community.
The primary objectives of Central Library are:
- Provide access to quality, up-to-date, user-centered information resources, facilities & services, attuned to PSU articulated vision of becoming the leading private university in the Middle East and providing quality education.
- Collect information resources in all formats to fulfill information, research and teaching needs of PSU community.
- Maintain and upgrade physical and technological infrastructure and acquire cutting edge IT to enhance the quality of services.
- Satisfactorily meet the requirements of accreditation and quality standards.
- Work closely with users, involve them in assessing the adequacy of information resources and services, and utilize their feedback in planning and improving resources and services.
- Enhance students’ ability to evaluate information quickly, effectively and efficiently.
Resources at PSU Central Library
Circulation collection consists of material that can be checked out
by authorized PSU users. The circulation material can be books and
other materials like, audiovisuals, theses, Co-Op reports and journals.
Library circulation collection includes titles in, English, Arabic,
Spanish, French and other foreign languages. Open shelf system is
used at PSU Central Library for circulating material for easy searching
The reference material at PSU Central Library is carefully selected
collection of dictionaries, almanacs, atlases, directories, glossaries,
encyclopedias, handbooks, manuals, guides and yearbooks. This is
in-library use material.
Reserve collection is a material that teachers use as textbooks. It
is heavily demanded by users for borrowing. PSU Libraries design
efficient access and control over the material. Reserve Collection is
not stagnant material so it is maintained and updated on regular
basis. At PSU Central Library, the material in reserve collection is lent
for a limited time period so that all students get equal opportunity
These are kind of project/internship reports that students prepare
while working in government, private business, industry, and human
services during their final year of study at PSU. The graduating PSU
students have to submit the Co-Op reports in hard form to fulfil the
requirement of degree. Central Library has a separate corner to house
these reports. The reports can be used within the library premises or
borrowed for a limited time.
Central Library subscribes to print journals covering subject areas
of PSU academic programs. Journals can be borrowed for a limited time period. The archive of subscribed print journals is
preserved in bound volumes.
PSU Libraries provide access to a variety of subscribed electronic
resources (e-resources) to fulfill the teaching and research needs
of faculty and students. These resources include books, journals,
reference sources, dissertations, images, reports, newspapers and
other documents in electronic format. Some of the databases contain
full text resources while others may contain indexes, abstracts,
bibliographies, and citations etc.
ETDs (Digital Repository)
PSU Library has made available the electronic theses which are digital versions of theses submitted to Prince Sultan University. Theses
can be searched at Dspace by author, subject or date.
In PSU Central Library, there are around 4000 e-books downloaded from open access sources. Some of the books are subject specific while
others are inter-disciplinary. For easy retrieval and access, the books can be searched using Central Library’s online catalogue (OPAC).
At PSU Central Library audiovisual material includes compact discs, DVDs, audio and videodiscs, and interactive media. PSU CL has a separate place to display AVs. Audio/Video material cannot be issued using self-check machine. Circulation of this material is handled manually by Systems Librarian.