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About Library

Making knowledge and information accessible to faculty, students, staff, alumni and researchers in addition to providing high-quality services are the top priorities of the library. Alumni are also welcome to visit the library. The library provides in-depth resources for research and study.

Opening Times

Sunday – Thursday

8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.


10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Fridays & Public Holidays


Library And Learning Resources Center

The purpose for Library and Learning Resources Center (LLRC) is to preserve, collect, organize information which conveys integral role in supporting higher education and research activities in UD. Making knowledge and information accessible to faculty, students, staff, alumni and researchers in addition to providing high quality services are the LLRC top priority. To fulfill these needs, the library is compelled to utilizing the best available resources and the latest information technologies.

Library Services

UD library provides the following services:

An active reference service is available to answer reference and research inquiries, and queries concerning the use of the library and its facilities. The librarian available all hours of operation ready to assist in using all print and electronic resources. Students can call 045566832 or Ext. 832 for reference inquiries or e-mail:

The library provides access to thousands of electronic journals with indexes, abstracts as well as full-text through online databases like ProQuest ABI /Info, ProQuest Dissertation and Theses, EBSCO, International Financial Statistics (IFS), World Bank publications, EIKON, Emerald insights, Lexis Nexis, Kluwer Arbitration, West Law Gulf, Islamic Finance News, Springer e-books, JSTOR, IEEE-Xplore, SCOPUS and IMF e-library. These online resources can be accessed both campus-wide and remotely through the university’s intranet. Please go to Smart Search to search our databases in one platform at our homepage.

A self-service machine is available for copying needed materials where a fee of 10 fils per copy is applied. Copyright laws must be strictly observed while photocopying. Only chapter of a book, journal articles are allowed to photocopy.
Printing service is available in the library and on campus as a whole. Students are requested to observe their printing habits to save papers and tonners. Each student is given a quota of 100 free printing papers per semester. If more printouts are needed, students have to recharge their accounts with needed amount through the librarian on duty or Finance Department. A charge of 10 fils per page is applied.

The Library Management System at University of Dubai provides a very powerful and user-friendly searching interface for all library holdings. This software allows searches by author, title, subject, and keyword(s), unfortunately federated search is not supported. Guiding icons of whether the item retrieved is a printed book, e-book, learning kit or journals are displayed along with the search results at the extreme left of the results display.
All new students are given guidelines on the use of library services and resources during orientation (Bidayat) days and are given library guide which is available at the circulation desk round the year.

The library can provide journal articles, reports, and other documents from regional academic libraries as part of interlibrary loan and document delivery. This service actively supports research activities at UD and fulfill information needs.

The Open Learning Resources Center of the library is equipped with 26 computers with latest software embedded to all users. All computers are equipped with multimedia kit and internet access browser. Latest Microsoft Office application packages are available along with some specialized software on all terminals. A networked printer is also provided for users.

An active information literacy skills program is offered to all incoming and existing students. The skills are essential to enable students to locate, evaluate, and use the needed information effectively. An information literate student helps to improve academic standards and self-directed life-long learning. One to one, group and in-class sessions for information literacy is conducted all year round.

PQ Training UD – PDF

PQ Training UD – Video

RefWorks Training



The library’s collections have been developed to meet the academic needs of University. The Library of Congress classification Scheme is used for organizing book collections into various sections, while periodicals are arranged alphabetically. In addition to the general book collection, there is a reference section containing encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks and other reference works. There is also a reserve section which keeps a copy of textbook or heavily demanded item for in-library use only.

Loan Periods, Renewals and Reservation
All library patrons must produce a valid ID card when borrowing any material. Students are allowed to borrow four books for a period of 20 days. Library materials may be renewed once, provided no other library user has reserved the items. If library materials are not returned on time, an overdue notice is sent out 3 days prior expiry date as well as one day as grace period is granted and then a fine of 1 dirham per day per item is imposed. If there is library material currently on loan that a student wishes to check out, the item can be reserved at the circulation desk or online. An email notice will be sent to students once the item is available. Reserved item will be re-shelved if it is not picked up within three working days.

Borrowers are required to replace lost or damaged item(s) in the collection with a new copy. Patron is charged the actual price of item (latest edition if applicable) plus 50 AED as processing fee.

  • Users must comply with the IT code of conduct, the library code of conduct, and the student code of conduct while in the library.
  • Users may refer to these codes of conduct in the UD catalog. Users must also be considerate of others by keeping noise level low not to disrupt others in studying and research.
  • Hot food, salad, pizza, soup and hot messy or odorous item (coffee etc.) must be consumed outside library.
  • Library users are responsible of their belongings and should not be left unattended. Library is not responsible for any loss.
  • Mobile phones should be kept on vibrate or silent when entering the library.
  • Library users are expected to comply with library rules and guidelines that related to fair use of copyrights.
  • Defacing or damaging library facilities or equipment will be prosecuted through management authorities.

Community patrons, residents of Dubai or nearby areas are welcome to use the UD Library resources and facilities as long as Faculty, Students and Staff access is not infringed. Library access, to borrow (checkout) materials, including community residents are required to apply Library membership (paid membership).
To be eligible for a library membership person should be:

  • Should be 18 years of age or older
  • Present photo identification (Emirates ID, Driving License)
  • Must be in good understanding with library policies and loan policies (brochures available and may be provided)
  • Circulating material: Maximum of two (2 items) at a time for two (2) weeks. User will be asked to deposit the amount of a book price before check out of the item.
  • Expiry date: Patron will be notified through email 3 days prior overdue date and the charge of 3 dirhams per day per item will be registered for any delay from the due date
  • Damaged, lost or non-returned items are charged at the replacement cost of the item plus AED 20/= minimum or maximum AED 50/= processing fee per book, and AED 30/ minimum processing fee for magazine or journal.
  • Item renewal for next two weeks (once only) if no one reserved (kept on hold)
  • No interlibrary loan will be done on community member behalf
  • Remote access to library resources, interlibrary loan, multimedia material, reference material, textbooks and reserve material, periodicals and equipment are not available for community users.
  • Printing is limited to 50 pages (or two articles) on a session and will be charged 25 fils per page.
  • Borrowing privileges are suspended when any item becomes overdue and will resume when the item (s) are returned.
  • Chronic offenders of library policies will have their borrowing privileges cancelled. All library users bare considerate responsibility of making the library safe, neat and pleasant place for reading, research, studying and doing productive work. Please observe the above rules and guidelines.

Research Assistance

Harvard Manual Of Style Based On Manual Of Style 2010

General Information:

Common Elements: All entries in the bibliography will include the author (or editor, compiler, translator), title, and details of publication.

Author’s name(s): The author’s name in the bibliography is reversed, placing the last name first, followed by initials of the given name(s) and middle name(s), separated by a comma. For instance Mohammad Abid Ghauri becomes Ghauri, MA

Titles: Titles and subtitle (if given) of books, journals newspapers etc., are italicized.

Publication Information: The year of publication is listed after author’s name and initials.

Punctuation: In a bibliography, all major elements are separated by periods.

Book  Citation

a) Work of individual author or editor

Elements: Author Surname, Given name(s), Initial(s) Year. Book Title: Subtitle (in italics), Edition. Publisher: Place.

Example: Berkman, RI 1994, Find it first: how to uncover expert information on any subject, Harper Perrenial, New York.

b) Work of multiple authors or editors

Elements: Author(s) Surname, Given name(s) initial(s) Year. Book Title: Subtitle (in italic). Edition. Publisher: Place.

Example: (2 authors) Cengel, YA & Boles MA 1994, Thermodynamics: an engineering approach, 2nd ed. McGraw-Hill, London.

(3 authors or more) Jull G, Sterling, M, Fallah D, Treleaven J. & O’Leary S, 2008, Whiplash headache and neck pain: research based on directions for physical therapies. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh.

Anonymous work (No Author): Elements: Book title: Subtitle. Edition. Year, Publisher: Place.

Example: Be, know, do: leadership the army way 2004, Joy-Bass, San Francisco.

c) Citing chapters in a book

Elements: Author Surname, Given name(s) initial(s) (chapter author(s)) Year, ‘Chapter Title: Subtitle’ (in single quotation marks), In Editor(s) Given name(s) initial(s) – Surname (Eds.), Book title: Subtitle (in italics), Edition, Publisher: Place, page numbers.

Example: Bernstein, D 1995, ‘Transportation planning’, in WF Chen (Ed.), The civil engineering handbook, CRC Press : Boca Raton, pp. 231-61.

Conference  Paper

Elements: Surname, Given name(s) initial(s) Year of publication, ‘Title: subtitle’ (in single quotation marks), Title of published proceedings which include place held and date(s) (in italics) Publisher, Place, Page number(s)

Example: (Published) Bourassa, S 1999, ‘Effects of child care on young children’, Proceedings of the third annual meeting of the International Society for Child Psychology, International Society for Child Psychology, Atlanta, Georgia, pp. 44-6.

Example: (Unpublished) Bowden, FJ & Fairley CK 1996 ‘Endemic STDs in the Northern Territory: essentials of effective rate of partner change’, paper presented to the scientific meeting of the Royal Australian College of Physicians, Darwin, 24-25 June.

Journal  Article Citation

(a) Journal article (Printed)

Elements: Author(s) Surname, Given name(s) initial(s) Year, ‘Title: Subtitle’ (in single quotation marks), Journal title (in italic), volume, issue, page numbers.

Example: Huffaman, LM 1996, ‘Processing whey protein for use as a food ingredient’, Food Technology, vol. 50, no. 2, pp. 44-56.

(b) Journal article (Electronic)

Elements: Author(s) Surname, Given name(s) initial(s) Year, ‘Title: Subtitle,’ (in single quotation marks) Journal title (in italic), volume number, issue, page numbers and (DOI or URL).

Example: Daniel, TT 2009, ‘Learning from simpler times’, Risk Management, vol. 56, no. 1, pp. 40-44. viewed 30 January 2009.

Thesis and dissertations

Elements: Author(s) Surname, Given name(s) initials Year, ‘Title: subtitle’ (in single quotation marks and not in italics), Award, Institution issuing degree, Location of Institution.

Example: Exelby, HRA 1997, ‘Aspects of gold and mineral liberation’, PhD thesis, University of Queensland, Brisbane.

Newspaper and popular magazine

Elements: Author(s) surname, Given name(s) initial(s) Year ‘title: subtitle’ (in single quotation marks), Title of Newspaper / Magazine (in italics) day month, page number(s).

Example: (Printed) Simpson L, 1997 ‘Tasmania’s railway goes private.’ Australia’s Financial Review, 13 October, p. 10.

Example: (electronic) Porteous, C 2007, ‘Rudd blamed for drought.’ Courier Mail, 15 August, p. 17. Viewed 27 February 2009.

American Psychological Association (APA) Based On Manual Of Style Of 2010.

General information:

Common Elements: All entries in the bibliography will include the author (or editor, compiler, translator), title, and details of publication.

Author’s names: The first author’s name should be reversed, with the last name coming first and separated by comma. First names and other middle names are given as initials. For instance Mouayad Joumah becomes Joumah, M.

Titles: All titles of book, journals etc are italicized. First letter of the title and subtitle (if given) and proper nouns are capitalized.

Publication information: The year of publication is placed directly after author(s) name(s) in parentheses.

Punctuation: All major elements are separated by periods.

Book  Citation

a) Work of individual author or editor

Elements: Author Surname, Given name(s) initial(s). (Year). Book Title: Subtitle (in italic). Place: Publisher.

Example: Soderberg, J. (2008). Hacking capitalism: The free and open source movement. New York: Routledge

b) Work of multiple authors or editors

Elements: Author(s) Surname, Given name(s) initial(s). (Year). Book title: Subtitle (in italic). Place: Publisher.

Adekola, A., & Sergi, B. S. (2007). Global business management: A cross-cultural perspective. Aldershot, England: Ashtage.

c) Edited book with Author

Elements: Author(s) Surname, Given name(s) initial(s). (Year). Book title: Subtitle (in italic), editor’s full name (initials & surname) Place: Publisher.

Plath, S. (2000). The unabridged journals, K. V. Kurkil (ed.) New York, NY: Anchor

d) Citing chapters in a book

Elements: Author(s) Surname, Given name(s) initial(s) (chapter author(s)). (Year). Title: Subtitle (of chapter). In Editor First initial. Second initial. Surname (Editor of book/proceeding) (Ed.), Book title: Subtitle. (page number(s)). Place: Publisher

Example: O’Neil, J. M., & Egan, J. (1992). Man and Women gender role journeys: Metaphor for healing, transition and transformation. In B. R. Wainrib (Ed.), Gender issues across the life cycle (pp. 107-123). New York: Springer.

(e) Anonymous work (No author)

Elements: Book title: Subtitle. Edition. (Year) Place: Publisher.

Example: (Printed version) Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary (11th ed.). (2005). Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster.

Example: (electronic version) Heuristic. (n.d.). in Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary (11th ed.). Retrieved from

NB: n.d. = no date (for books without publication date.)

Journal  Citation

(a) Journal article (Printed – Single author)

Elements: Author Surname, Given name(s) initial(s). (Year). Title: Subtitle. Journal title (in italic), volume number(issue), page number(s).

Jackson, L. (2010). Enterprise resource planning systems: Revolutionizing lodging human resources management. Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, 2(1), 20-29.

(b) Journal article (Printed- multiple authors )

Elements: Author Surname(s), Given name(s) initial(s) (separated by commas [,]). (Year). Title: Subtitle. Journal title (in italic), volume number (issue), page number(s).

Zhong, K., Gribbin, D. & Zheng, X. (2007). The effect of monitoring by outside blockholders on earnings management: QJFA & QJBE. Quarterly Journal of Finance and Accounting, 46(1), 37-60.

(c) Journal article (Electronic)

Elements: Author Surname, Given name(s) initial(s). (Year). Title: Subtitle, Journal title (in italic), volume number (issue), page number(s) (DOI or URL).

Example – Journal: Aderonke, A. A. & Charles, A. K. (2010). An empirical investigation of the level of user’s acceptance of e-banking in Nigeria. Journal of Internet Banking and Commerce, 15(1), 1-13 Retrieved from

Newspaper and popular magazine

Elements: Author(s) Surname, Given name(s) initial(s). (Year, Month, date). Title: subtitle (of article). Title (of newspaper or magazine) and page number(s) (for printed version) or URL (for electronic version).

Example: (printed) Schwartz, J. (1993, September 30). Obesity affects economic, social status. The Washington Post, pp. A1, A4. (precede pages with p. or pp.)

Example: (electronic) Brody, J.E. (2007, December 11). Mental reserves keep brain agile. The New York Times. Retrieved from

Chicago Manual Of Style Based On 16th Ed. (Notes And Bibliography)

General information:

Common elements: All entries in the bibliography will include the author (or editor, compiler, translator), title and details of publication.

Author’s names: The author’s name is reversed in the bibliography, placing the last name first and separating the last name and first name with comma; for instance, Ali Maamiry becomes Maamiry, Ali.

Titles: Titles of books, journals are italicized. Titles of articles, chapters, poems, etc. are placed in quotation marks (“).

Publication information: The year of publication is listed after the publisher or journal name.

Punctuation: In a bibliography, all major elements are separated by periods.

Book  Citation

a) Work of individual author or editor

Elements: Author Surname, Given name(s). Book Title: Subtitle (in italics). Place: Publisher, Year.

Example:Pollan, Michael. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: a natural history of four meals. New York : Penguin, 2006.

b) Work of multiple authors or editors

Elements: Author Surname, Given name(s), Author(s) Given name(s) and Surname(s). Book title: Subtitle(in italic). Place: Publisher, Year.

Two Authors or more:

Examples:Ward, Geoffrey C, and Ken Burns. The War: The Intimate History, 1941-1945. New York: Knopf, 2007.

For more than four authors, list all the authors in the bibliography and only the first author in notes.

Editor , compiler or translator instead of author

Lattimore, Richmond, trans. The Iliad of Homer. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1951.

Editor , compiler or translator in addition to author

Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. Love in the Time of Cholera. Translated by Edith Grossman. London: Cape, 1988.

c) Citing chapters in a book

Elements: Author Surname, Given name(s) (chapter author). ” Title: Subtitle (of chapter).” In Book title: Subtitle editor (s) name (s).” (page number(s)). Place: Publisher, Year.

Example:Kelly, John D. “Seeing Red: Mao Fetishism, Pax American, and the Moral Economy of War”. In Anthropology and Global Counterinsurgency, edited by John D. Kelly, Beatrice Jauregui, Sean T. Mitchell and Jeremy Walton, 67-83. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2010.

d) Electronic books

If the book is available in more than one format, cite the consulted format. For the book consulted online cite the URL.

Elements: Surname, Given name(s). Title: Subtitle. Place: Publisher, Year.

Example: Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. New York: Penguin Classics, 2007. Kindle edition.

Kurland, Philip B., and Ralph Lerner, eds. The Founders’ Constitution. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987. Accessed February 28, 2010.

Journal  Article Citation

a) Journal article (Printed)

Elements: Author Surname, Given name(s). “Title: Subtitle.” Journal title (in italic), volume number, Issue number (Year): page range.

Example: Weintein, Joshua I. “The Market in Plato’s Republic.” Classical Philology 104 (2009): 439-58.

b) Journal article (Electronic)

Elements: Author Surname, Given name(s). “Title: Subtitle.” Journal title (in italic), Volume number, Issue number (Year): page number(s). DOI or URL (Accessed date)

Example: Kossinet, Gueorgi, and Duncan J. Watts. “Origins of Homophily in an Evolving Social Network.” American Journal of Sociology, 115 (2009): 405-50. Accessed February 28, 2010. doi:10.1086/599247.

Citing  Article In A Newspaper Or Popular Magazine

Articles may be cited in running text and may be omitted in the bibliography, if you consulted online version, include URL.

Elements: Author Surname, Given name(s). “Title: subtitle,” Newspaper title, date (m/d/y)

Example: Mendelsohn, Daniel. “But Enough About Me,” New Yorker, January 25, 2010.

Stolber, Sheryl Gay, and Robert Pear. “Wary Centrists Posing Challenge in Health Care Vote,” New York Times, February 27, 2010. Accessed February 28, 2010.

Thesis  Or Dissertation Citation

Elements: Surname, Given name(s). “Thesis title: subtitle.” Award. Institution issuing degree, Year.

Example: Choi, Mihwa. “Contesting Imaginaires in Death Rituals during the Northern Song Destiny.” PhD diss. University of Chicago, 2008.

Conference  Paper

Elements: Surname, Given name(s) “title: subtitle.” meeting/conference name, Place, date (m/d/y).

Example: Adelman, Rachel. “Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On: God’s Footstool in the Aramaic Targumim and Midrashic Tradition.” Paper presented at the annual meeting for the Society of Biblical literature, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 21-24, 2009.


A citation to website content can often be limited to a mention in the text or note, but if more information desired can be cited as follows:

Example: Google. “Google Privacy Policy.” Last modified March 11, 2009.

Contact Library

Circulation Librarian

Mohammed Abdalla Ali

Reference Librarian

Mohammad Abid Ghauri

Chief Librarian

Ali Amour Suleiman