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As a premier resource center, the Library at Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi collects, creates, organizes, preserves, and provides access to information resources that enable the University to fulfil its mission in terms of teaching, learning, research, and the advancement of knowledge.
Established in October 2006, the University offers a library containing resources in the areas of Philosophy, Religion, Political Philosophy, Politics, Economics, Law, Language and Literature, Management, Art, Archaeology, Geography, History, Psychology, Mathematics and Physics. The Library also houses The Crouzet Collection, a private collection of books on economic history, and the history of France and Great Britain that belonged to the late Prof Francois Crouzet. The University also received a donation of 350 volumes of Collected Courses by The Hague Academy of International Law.
The library has a collection of more than 100,000 books, 150 printed journals, 80,000 e-books, and 23 electronic databases, which allow access to thousands of journals in full text electronic format.

Facilities and Collections

The Library is located in a special wing in the main office complex of Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, and occupies two floors with a total of more than 5,000 square meters, offering 400 seats for study purposes, and facilities for study and research.

The Ground Floor houses offices of library staff,  the circulation desk for borrowing books and asking for assistance, self-check units where books can be borrowed and returned without the intervention of library staff, 20 Apple computers, books and reference works in the subject areas of Philosophy, Religion, Politics, Economics,  and Law,  study areas, computers providing access to all the information resources of the library, a photocopying and printing section and a quiet study room.

The First Floor houses self-check stations for borrowing and returning of books, study areas, books in the subject areas of Mathematics, Physics, Management, Language and Literature, Art, Geography, History, Archaeology, journals in all the subject areas found in the library, a training room, seminar rooms where students can do group work, individual study rooms, 20 more computers providing access to all the information resources of the library, the Crouzet Collection, a private collection of books donated to the library by the late Mr. Francois Crouzet, Professor in History at the Sorbonne.

The whole of the Library is a wi-fi area for connecting portable devices to the Internet.

The collections of PSUAD Library consist of more than 100,000 books and 150 printed journals. The library also subscribes to a number of electronic databases which provide full text access to thousands of journal articles and reports, and more than 80,000 e-books.

The following information resources are available in the Library:

Books and reference works covering the subject areas of Philosophy, Religion, Politics, Economics, Law, Language and Literature, Management,  Physics, Mathematics, Art, Archaeology, Geography and History. All books are arranged on the shelves according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System (DDC). Books can be searched in the Library’s online catalogue according to author, title, subject, keyword, call number and ISBN number.

The Crouzet Collection is a private collection of books which belonged to the late Prof Francois Crouzet and was donated to the Library. The collection focuses on economic history, and the history of France and Great Britain. It is housed on the first floor.

Printed journals covering all the subject areas mentioned under books, are housed on the First floor, arranged alphabetically according to title. All journal titles are indexed in the library’s online catalogue.

Printed newspapers including the most important local and international newspapers.

Electronic databases with full text electronic access to thousands of journal articles, reports, newspapers and e-books. Access to these resources are available 24/7 through the Library website. On campus access is facilitated via IP address, and off-campus access is available to all registered students and staff via their PSUAD username and password.

 

Staff list

Johan Engelbrecht :

Head of the library. Email johan.engelbrechtsuad.ac.ae. Tel : 971 (0)2 65 69 670971 (0)2 65 69 670

Nabil Derrough :

Senior librarian. Responsible for :  History, Geography, Physics, Mathematics, Religion. Email : nabil.derrough@psuad.ac.ae. Tel : 971 (0)2 65 69 671971 (0)2 65 69 671

Marie-Cécile Gibon :

Senior librarian. Responsible for : Philosophy, Sociology, Literature, Law, History of Art, French intensive courses. Email :marie.gibon@psuad.ac.ae. Tel : +971 (0)2 65 69 674+971 (0)2 65 69 674

Ibrahim Ramjaun :

Senior librarian. Responsible for : Economic Sciences, Marketing and management, Education sciences, Foreign languages.Email : ibrahim.ramjaun@psuad.ac.ae. Tel : +971 (0)2 65 69 677+971 (0)2 65 69 677

Liyakkath Pandinhare Puthiyottil :

Team leader: Liyakkath@psuad.ac.ae. Tel : +971 (0)2 65 69 675+971 (0)2 65 69 675

Smail Soud :

Technical Assistant: Email : smail.soud@psuad.ac.ae. Tel : +971 (0)2 65 69 673+971 (0)2 65 69 673

Nabil Lazazi :

Technical Assistant: Email : Nabil.Lazazi@psuad.ac.ae. Tel : +971 (0)2 65 69 676+971 (0)2 65 69 676

Mohammed Raffi :

Technical Assistant: Email : Mohammed.Raffi@psuad.ac.ae. Tel : +971 (0)2 65 69 672+971 (0)2 65 69 672

 

Services

The following services are available to all library users:

Borrowing privileges

All registered students and staff are entitled to borrow books from the library. Undergraduate students are allowed to borrow 6 books for 14 days. Masters’ students are allowed 6 books for 14 days. Lecturers and staff are allowed 30 books for 28 days. Reference works and journals may not be borrowed and should be consulted in the library.

Information and reference services

Any user who needs information and is having difficulty finding it, may approach any library staff member on duty for help and assistance.

Training

The library has a training program to equip students and staff with the skills to use all the information resources in order to be able to locate information independently.

Study facilities

Study facilities, including formal study areas, informal areas, seminar rooms, individual study rooms, and quiet study areas are available on both floors to students.

Printing and photocopying facility

A printing and photocopying facility is available on the Ground Floor for printing from computers and for making photocopies, in black and white, and in colour. Copying and printing is via the student card and is charged against the student’s account.

BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCING AND CITATIONS

There are different ways to provide bibliographic references and citations. The examples below follow the style of the Modern Language Association (MLA).

Books or monographs

Book with one author

Last name, First name. Title of Book: Subtitle of Book. Edition if indicated. Place of publication: Publisher, date of publication. Medium of publication.
Arnold, John H. History : a Very Short Introduction. Oxford : Oxford UP, 2000. Print.
Singer, Peter. Practical Ethics. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1993. Print.

Two or Three authors

Last name, First name, and First name Last name. Title of Book: Subtitle of Book. Edition if indicated. Place of publication: Publisher, date of publication. Medium of publication.
Walker, Orville C., and John W. Mullins. Marketing Strategy: a Decision-Focused Approach. New York: McGraw Hill, 2008. Print.
Boorstin, Daniel J., Brooks Mather Kelley, and Ruth Frankel Boorstin. A History of the United States. Boston: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007. Print.

More than three authors

Last name, First name, et al. Title of Book: Subtitle of Book. . Edition if indicated. Place of publication: Publisher, date of publication. Medium of publication.
Narayan, Deepa, et al. Crying Out of Change: Voices of the Poor. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2000. Print.

Corporate author

Corporate author. Title of Book: Subtitle of Book. Edition if indicated. Place of publication: Publisher, date of publication. Medium of publication.
Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development. The Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030. Abu Dhabi: ADCED, 2008. Print.

No author or editor

If the persons named on the title page are editors, compilers, or translators, add a comma and a descriptive label, e.g., eds., comps., trans.
Title of Book: Subtitle of Book. Edition if indicated. Place of publication: Publisher, date of publication. Medium of publication.
Crang, Mike, and Nigel Thrift, eds. Thinking Space. London: Routledge, 2000. Print.

Multivolume work

Last name, First name. Title of Book: Subtitle of Book. Volume number. Edition if indicated Place of Publication: Publisher, date of publication. Medium of publication.

Scott, John, ed. Power: Critical Concepts. 4 vols. London: Routledge, 2000. Print.
Bachrach, P., and Morton Baratz. “Decisions and non-decisions: an Analytical Framework.” Power : Critical Concepts. Ed. John Scott. Vol. 2. London: Routledge, 1994. Print.

Article or chapter within an edited book

Last name, First name. “Title of the article or chapter.” Book title. Book editors Last name and First name. Place of publication: Publisher, date of publication. Pages. Medium of publication.
Mallone, David M. “Security Council.” The Oxford Handbook on The United Nations. Eds. Thomas G.Weiss, and Sam Daws. New York: Oxford UP, 2007. 117-135. Print.

Translation

Author`s Last name and First name. Title. Trans. Last name, First name. Place of Publication: Publisher, date of publication. Medium of publication.
Xunzi. Basic Writings. Trans. Burton Watson. New York: Columbia UP, 2003. Print.

Journal article

Journal article, one author

Last name, First name. “title of the article: subtitle if any.” Publication title Volume number (publication date): page number of the article cited. Medium of publication..
Oliveira, Vitor. “Morpho: a Methodology for Assessing Urban Form”. Urban Morphology 17.1 (2013): 21- 33. Print.

Journal article, two authors

Last name, First name and Last name First name. “Title of the article.” Publication title volume number . publication date : page number of the article cited. Medium of publication.
Henderson, Brian J., and Heather Tookes. “Do investment Banks’ Relationships with Investors Impact Pricing? The Case of Convertible Bond Issues.” Management Science 58.12 (2012) : 2272-2291. Print.
Magazine article: Same

State document

Government agency. Document title. Place of publication: publisher, date of publication. Medium of publication.
Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates: Emirate). Environment Agency. Environmental Atlas of Abu Dhabi Emirate. Abu Dhabi: Environment Agency, 2011. Print.

International document

International Institution. Document title. Place of publication: publisher, date of publication. Medium of publication.
United Nations. General Assembly. Convention …. New York: United Nations, 19.. Print.

Citing Materials from Online Sources

Web page

Web page Last name, first name or document title. Last update or copyright date. Website title. Medium of publication. Date of access.
Orr, Scott. “Korea Tensions Different From Previous “Normal crises,” Rand Experts Tell Media”. The Rand Blog. Rand Corporation, 9 April 2013. Web. 10 April 2013 http://www.rand.org/blog/2013/04/korea-tensions-different-from-previous-normal-crises.html

Article in an online periodical

Last name, First name. “Title.” Publication name date of publication: Web. Date of access.
Friedman, Thomas L. “The Arab Quarter Century.” The New York Times 9 April 2013: n. pag. Web. 10 April 2013

Article in a full-text journal accessed from a database

Last name, First name. “Title of the article.” Publication name, (date): Database name. Medium of publication. Date of access
GEORGES, FAWAZ A. “The Obama Approach To The Middle East: The End Of America’s Moment?.” International Affairs 89.2 (2013): 299-323. Political Science Complete. Web. 10 Apr. 2013.

Online book with print information

Last name, First name. Title of Book: Subtitle of Book. Edition if indicated. Place of publication: Publisher, date of publication. Provider. Medium of publication. Date of access.

Commins, David. Gulf States : a Modern History. London: I.B. Tauris, 2012. Ebrary. Web. 10 April 2013.

Rules and Regulations

1 REGISTRATION AND ACCESS CONDITIONS
1.1 Access to the library is restricted to students and staff of the University.
1.2 External users may obtain special authorisation with a justified written request addressed to the Head of the Library.

2 RULES FOR BORROWING BOOKS
2.1 Borrowing is allowed on an individual basis and under the responsibility of the borrower. It is not allowed to borrow items in the name of another user. It is not allowed to lend borrowed items to another person.
2.2 Some items are excluded from loan by the library staff, temporarily or permanently.
2.3 The registration, check-in and check-out will stop ten minutes before the closing time of the library.
2.4 Users will receive reminders for overdue books.
2.5 Users will be responsible for the replacement costs of all lost books.
2.6 Users whose books are overdue will be blocked and not allowed to borrow books before the overdue ones have been returned.
2.7 The same rules will apply for users who use the self-check stations. The self-check system will not allow transactions for users with a full complement of books, or whose borrowing rights have been suspended.

3 FEES – PHOTOCOPYING
3.1 Photocopying has to be paid for. Card payment devices are installed in the photocopy room.
3.2 To adhere to copyright law, users should not reproduce or copy a book or a substantial part of a book except if the user obtained the written approval from the author or his legal claimants.

4 EXECUTION OF THESE RULES AND REGULATIONS
4.1 The library staff is responsible for the implementation of the present rules and regulations. The rules are available at the reception desk.
USER CATEGORIES

  • Regular students registered for the current academic year.
  • Teachers and permanent and temporary staff of the University.
  • Any other user, external to the University, must obtain special authorisation by the management. Access to the library is valid only for on-site reading and for a limited duration. Access is free of charge.
LOANS RULES
Number of items Duration
University staff 30 28 days
University students 6 14 days
External users 0 0

Library Code of Conduct

Users of the library have the right to expect:

  • A library environment free of disruptive activity.
  • Access to library materials needed for their assignments.
  • Books, journals, and documents that are complete, up to date, and unmarked.
  • Quiet surroundings, conducive to study, free from food, tobacco, and disruption.

All library users are to abide by the following rules and MUST NOT:

  • Remove or attempt to remove library materials, equipment or property without having them issued, or without proper authorization
  • Fail to either return or renew library material when due
  • Consume food in the library. Only the drinking of water is allowed
  • Litter in the library
  • Smoke in the library
  • Mutilate library materials by: marking, underlining,, or removing pages or portions of pages; remove binding or electronic devices; damaging or defacing library materials or property in any way
  • Be in unauthorized areas of the library, remain in the library after closing or when requested to leave emergency situations or evacuation drills
  • Open emergency exits except in emergency situations
  • Open any window in the library
  • Maliciously access, alter, delete, damage or destroy any computer system, network computer program or data
  • Conceal library materials in the library for exclusive use
  • Fail to return library material before the expiration of the loan period or when requested to do so by the library
  • Fail to pay for lost or damaged library material
  • Create a disturbance or behave in a manner which interferes with the normal use of the library
  • Act sexually offensive or verbally abusive towards other users
  • Harass library staff or users
  • Play music in the library
  • Talk on mobile phones in the library. Phones should be in silent mode
  • Use the library computers for anything other than authorized purposes

Any user who commits or attempts to commit any offences listed above may be subject to sanctions, including but not limited to: being asked to leave the library; being subject to loss of borrowing privileges; being reported.

FAQs

  • What is the opening hours of the Library?

During the academic terms, the library is open during the following hours:

Sunday-Wednesday 08:30 – 22:00
Thursday 08:30 – 17:30
Friday Closed
Saturday 09:00 – 17:00
  • How do I borrow a book?

Books can be borrowed at the Circulation Desk, or at any of the self-check stations

  • How many books can I borrow at a time?

Students may borrow 6 books for 14 days Staff may borrow 30 books for 28 days

  • Can I renew my books?

Yes, books may be renewed at the Circulation Desk, or via telephone or email

  • Can I reserve a book which is out on loan?

Yes, books may be reserved, but not for more than two days.

  • Are their fines for overdue books?

No, but patrons with overdue books are blocked on the system until the books are returned

  • What Happens when I lose a book?

Your account is blocked and the replacement cost of the book, plus an admin fee needs to be paid

  • May I borrow journals and dictionaries?

This may only be done with special permission

  • Can I photocopy material?

Yes copies may be made of material that are not subject to copyright laws

  • Where can I print my documents?

Documents may be printed in the Photocopy Room on the Ground Floor

  • Whom can I approach for help/assistance?

Any librarian who is on duty may be approached for assistance

  • Can I order a book?

No, but suggestions for new books will be welcomed

  • How do I find e-resources?

E-resources can be accessed on the Library web site at http://library.psuad.ac.ae

  • Can I access e-resources off-campus?

When off-campus, an additional pop-up screen will appear, requesting your username and password