About

 

About The Library

 

Princess Sumaya University for Technology Library was established in 1991, when the institution was still a college granting only a BSc in Computer Science. The library was located in the premises of the Royal Scientific Society.

In 2002, the institution’s name changed from Princess Sumaya College for Technology to Princess Sumaya University for Technology, and a new degree program in Computer Engineering was introduced. This change positively reflected on all university departments and services, including its library. As a result, the library was allocated its own independent building and named “El Hassan Library and Media Center”.

El Hassan Library is strategically located, and offers its services through its main and branch libraries that cover a total area of 1260 m2. The library building is considered a model building of collegiate libraries in the Middle East because of its unique internal design and aesthetics, and is well supported by the university to be a leading research library with top quality collections, resources, and services.

El Hassan Library currently has ten (10) full-time employees and offers its services to the entire PSUT student community, faculty members, and administrative staff. El Hassan Library also tries to be actively engaged with members of the local community by making the library and its services available to them during working hours throughout the day, and by providing book donations to schools, associations and public libraries.

The library is open for about 67 hours a week and offers the following services: Lending and recalls, library instruction and guidance, book reserves, photocopying, in addition to the access and use of electronic resources.

The library subscribes to eleven (11) different databases which are accessible through twenty-eight (28) computers available at both libraries, of which (16) are located at the “Electronic Library”, which is part of the branch library. It is fully equipped and serviced with computers, telecommunication devices, and photocopying and printing services.

El Hassan Library has many exchange and book donation programs with various Jordanian, Arab and foreign institutions. It is also a member of the Jordanian Library and Information Association (JLIA), American Library Association (ALA) and the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). The library also carries out a mutual lending program with the University of Jordan.

Perhaps what best distinguishes the El Hassan Library is that it provides group study rooms, which is not very common in the Arab world. Free internet service is also available.