Library Services Section



Shinas college library was founded in 2005 as one of the ELT sections to provide services to students, staff and faculty members of all disciplines at the college. The library also receives members from outside the college and provides them with counseling services, guidance, access and training.

The library acquires Arabic and foreign books, references, periodicals, dictionaries and electronic sources. It also provides services for patrons borrowing books and access to publications and theses to be read. The total library holding reaches more than 4000 books and reference materials of various fields. In addition to that, it has a collection of 38,000 e-books from 200 publishers. The library records materials by the use of Dewey classification system, which divides the areas of knowledge into 10 divisions.


Shinas college library plays an important role in improving the college. It supports the educational programs and disciplines at the college as well as course and research practices.


The library services section is responsible for securing materials with a favorable environment for reading and research. This section:

  • Maintains proper organization of books, educational disks and reference materials. It ensures borrowings of the mentioned items are recorded correctly using the right interlibrary system.

  • Ensures if the number of articles is not sufficient for students and staff, and to update some of these materials with the new versions necessary for all disciplines offered at the college.

  • Does all technical procedures regarding educational books and reference materials, including magnetization, data entry, indexing processes, classification and bar-coding.

  • Carries out shelving on daily basis by the library staff.

  • Carries out inventory on an annual basis, which allows search for library materials, such as books and dictionaries to make sure there is no loss of any unregistered book when borrowed through the interlibrary system.


The library is an educational, cultural and social establishment. It offers students intellectual grounding and encourages staff to conduct their researches, as it has become an influential source for the societal development and growth. It is also of major importance for any cultural, scientific or industrial progress. Additionally, other objectives are follows:

  1. Construct and develop groups of informatics to ensure the provision of necessary information sources from books and manuscripts, periodicals, theses, and other diverse information springs that enable the college to carry out its tasks in research and study, education and empowerment.

  1. Create an audio and visual electronic library.

  1. Organize the library collection, including data entry, classification, indexing, shelving and other processes to ensure that they are set in groups as saved, analyzed, indexed and maintained to facilitate access for users. Available materials, such as articles, research papers, references, and other sources of knowledge and information.

  1. Provide the library and reference services and retrieval of information. This includes counseling and photography services, Internet services and databases, training and others. Also, guidance to the library- goers toward optimal use of available groups.

  1. Promote the movement of scientific research and contribution to disseminate new and important information to specialized professionals. Contribute to the transfer of intellectual heritage, scientific exchange of researches, along with the information that helps the student researcher and professor to accomplish their scientific thesis, and to realize the extent of progress other communities in different areas have reached.

  1. Cooperate and coordinate with other libraries for easy access to sources of information, and exchange. Participate in information networks on local, national, regional and international levels.

  1. Provide students and scholars with basic library philosophy to enable them have access for the best use of the library possessions and information.

  1. Supervise, administer, and monitor the library functions technologically. Also, prepare training programs for staff development and office work; improve practical, media and documentary performance through courses, exhibitions and conferences and forums, scientific seminars and other required activities.

  1. Conduct a study case on library users and readers, of various backgrounds. Also, recognize their literacy interests, in order to best meet their knowledgeable demands, needs and informatics.

  1. Keep library collections, sources and informatics in good condition.

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Library Services

  • This is intended to support researchers' in their inquiries and suggest suitable references according to their needs. The staff that is assign on this service helps the researcher on how to use library search engines and other electronic resources.

  • The library seeks to provide researchers with the latest books and references in all aspects of knowledge according to their specialization.

  • Our librarians are trained to introduce to new users how they can utilize the library resources, services and facilities in the best way possible. Instructions will be given by the library staff for individual users or groups. Further instructions and tutorials on how to search Online Database will be available in our Library Help desk. Tutorial sessions could be conducted depending upon users' request.

  • This system helps the library users to search for the materials available in the library system.

  • The circulation desk is located in the library entrance. Those who wish to borrow materials from the library must first report to the desk to sign in. the borrower must present a valid College Identification Card for bar coding.

  • CDs' can be borrowed by the College students and staff. Students can borrow two (2) CDs at once while the staff can borrow four (4).

  • This is intended for all researchers' and WiFi Access is also available in library in cooperation with Computer Services Section. Computers are installed in the Library for Online Research. 

  • It is a web-based collection of e-books, references and electronic periodicals accessible through the Electronic Library service.

  • A photocopying machine is available for reproducing library materials. The photocopying machine is used to copy reference materials, since reference books are not allowed to be taken out of the Library.

  • Preserve the utmost order and cleanliness inside the library.
  • Refrain from the use of mobile phones inside the library.
  • Refrain from eating and drinking inside the library.
  • Keep calm and talk with a low voice when necessary in consideration to others.
  • Deal carefully with the library belongings and maintain them.
  • Never sit in groups except in the meeting room.
  • Please do not return books on shelves but leave them with the library staff.
  • Use the college ID when borrowing books or when using computers.
  • The library management has the right to prevent the entry of a student to the library and take the ID in the case of non-compliance with the rules in force.
  • It is prohibited for students to put their books in the library; they otherwise are taken and never returned, whatever the circumstances are.

The library offers service for all college categories (faculty, students, and staff), and the book is borrowed by a student or a faculty according to a number of steps to get the material requested:

First, ask the librarian about the book data you wish to obtain.

Second, take the book code and head toward the shelves.

Third, go to the librarian to borrow the book at the reception and present your ID.

Fourth, keep the book for your use for the period specified and do not delay returning it.

The duration of borrowing varies based on the college categories, as shown in the table below: 



Category Number of Books Duration of Borrowing Times of Renewal Penalty
faculty 4 15 days 3 500 Baisa
student 2 7 days 3 200 Baisa
staff 4 15 days 3 200 Baisa


The Case of Destroyed Book

The Case of Book Loss

Reference Service

It is about responding to inquiries from users and also helping them get sources of information. It includes reference books (dictionaries, catalogs, encyclopedias, indexes, theses, collection of Oman). Where these books are not lent but used within the library and users can only take a copy of information available from there.

Photocopying machine:

There is one photocopying machine behind the shelves.

Plasma Display:

The library seeks to show users the services available, and update them with all the educational process through the display. Click to watch the show here.

Suggest a Book:

Library users can suggest book titles (please make sure the book is not in the library before filling the purchase. The book data is to help speed up the book access accurately, and process each purchase request separately. Please click here to fill out the Note: You can send the form by e-mail or deliver by hand to the librarian.

Documentation Guide:

Plagiarism is the use of ideas and words of another writer in your business without reference to the author of the source. The type of work that does not contain plagiarism is easy if you know the meaning of documentation and how to document the references that you use in your research.

What is Documentation?

It is an important element in any scientific research, and it means the provision of information where sources are used in the search. There are two types of documentation; within the text and list of references.

Why must Document Sources?

  1. Academic integrity: knowledge which is based on the work of others.
  2. Reflects on own knowledge in the area of specialization.
  3. Prevents literary theft.
  4. Saves the researcher’s time and reader by referring back to the source found on the list.

What’s the most convenient way to documentation?

Note: Use the method specified by your professor if any. Otherwise, use one of the following methods according to your field of search.

The most important methods of authentication:

  • (APA) American Society for the Psychology: Psychology and Sociology, Harvard read more.
  • (MLA) American Society of Modern Languages: Arts and Humanities. Chicago read more, University of Chicago Press.

Authentication Systems

You can use the Endnote program to organize the documentation and to write a list of references. Click here for more information, or use Mendeley program. Click here for more information.

1. Can I use the library?

Yes, you can borrow books, read and photocopy if you are a staff, faculty or student.

Category of Borrower Number of Books Permitted Duration Penalty
Staff 4 2 weeks 500 Baisa
Faculty 4 2 weeks 500 Baisa
Student 2 1 week 200 Baisa

2. What are the library working hours?

Sunday-Wednesday, 7:30-6:00

3. Can I re-borrow the book I got?

Yes, you can, twice only.

4. What is not allowed in the library?

Eating, sleeping, making noise or using the mobile phone.

5. Where can I return the books?

They should be submitted to library staff at the reception, without putting them back on the shelves after use or leaving them on the tables.

1. Library of Higher College of Technology

2. Library of Sultan Qaboos University

3. Library of Congress

4. World Digital Library

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Shinas College of Technology

Al-Aqur, Shinas

Sultanate of Oman,

P.O. Box 77

Postal Code 324

Tel: +968 2674 7471 | 2685 2800

Fax: +968 2674 7426