HBKU Library | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
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Welcome to HBKU Library

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About HBKU Library:

Located within the College of Islamic Studies (CIS) building, the HBKU Library aims to serve the knowledge and research needs of the HBKU community. It provides an enriching academic experience for HBKU faculty, researchers and students.

The library is home to an extensive range of academic resources in print and digital format including journals, textbooks and dissertations covering the disciplines of law, religion, economics, humanities, science, engineering and more. These resources can be accessed physically by visiting the library’s welcoming modern premises or through exploring the library’s advanced online portals. In addition, the library offers a range of facilities and services to support study and research such as computer work areas, group study areas and library literacy programs. 

Electronic Resources:

HBKU Library has number of e-resources that are available electronically to all our student, faculty and researchers and can be access via the web. You can get the information you want, when you need it, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our electronic resource collections offer a wide range of different types of information held in searchable online databases, electronic journals and e-books. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you can also  access e-Resources off campus.


Reference Service

The Reference Desk is the focal point of the library. The desk staff will happily help you find relevant sources of information or guide you on how to use appropriate search strategies. 

Circulation (Borrowing) Service

Users can locate relevant resources by searching the library catalog on the HBKU Library homepage. Users can access this from their own electronic devices or from any of the computers located in the library. Users can then easily check out and check in the HBKU Library collection by visiting the Reference Desk or using one of the self-checkout machines located next to the Reference Desk using the HBKU student ID or QF staff ID. Borrowing is in accordance with the HBKU Library’s borrowing policies.

Information Literacy and Library Instruction

The HBKU Library team conducts training sessions for newly joined students at the beginning of every semester on the library services and on research tools such as how to search the e-resources and optimal research strategies to find information.

Reference Reserve Services

At the request of faculty members, library books, photocopies of articles and chapters of books for specific courses can be made available as printed materials or scanned documents sent via the patron’s email accounts. Faculty should email library@hbku.edu.qa or visit the Reference Desk to make the request.

Interlibrary loan (ILL) and Document Delivery

For resources that are not available directly through the HBKU Library collection the interlibrary loan and document delivery services provide another method of acquiring necessary material.

Interlibrary loans are a form of sharing between Education City Libraries. The patron can borrow items from other libraries by filling out a printed interlibrary loan request form at the Reference Desk.

The document delivery service is a method of requesting journal articles, book chapters, or any other research documents which are not available on HBKU databases or through interlibrary loans for graduate students, faculty and researchers. An application (similar to an interlibrary loan) is made at the Reference Desk. It usually takes a few days to receive an electronic copy of the requested document from an external library.



Facilities and Equipment

Photocopy Scanning Services

Photocopying and scanning services are available to make hard copies of materials that may not be removed from the premises (reference books, closed reserves, periodical, etc.) Scans and photocopies are made under international copyright conventions. 

Printing and Computer Services

Academic computer services consisting of PCs with Microsoft Office, Adobe, a range of other academic and professional software and internet are available. Printing services are available through the HBKU Library’s personal computers in black and white, and in color under the library’s instructions. 

Reserve a Study Room 

Individual study rooms are available for group study purposes. These rooms hold up to eight people and include a large screen for connecting laptops via an HDMI type connection. Reservations can currently be made at the Reference Desk and will shortly be available via an online booking system.


The HBKU Library collection offers access to specialized print and electronic databases that serve HBKU academic programs and research needs, which are easily searchable through the HBKU Library catalog. Users can also access and borrow from Education City’s other university libraries via an exchange agreement. All of our collection is located in the College of Islamic Studies (CIS) building. Our HBKU collection covers a broad range of subjects including law, religion, finance, humanities, science and engineering.

The HBKU collection includes:

  • Reference collection
  • Main print collection
  • Online journal databases
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Online data resources (law, finance, science)