Campus Services

PI Library Holdings

The library's book holdings currently number nearly 100,000 volumes, as well as hundreds of maps, CDs and thousands of multimedia items. You can search for these items using the library catalog. The catalog has two modes for searching: basic and power. The basic catalog search lets you find items by words or phrase, author, title, subject, series, or periodical title. You can also limit your search to a particular branch. The power search lets you search by the previous options as well as ISBN or ISSN. It also lets you combine searches with Boolean operators as well as limit your search by item type. Last, you can browse the collection by call number.

Help in using the catalog is always available from the library staff, either in person or via email at librarian@pi.ac.ae, or online.

Links to PI Library Holdings



Borrowing

How to Check Out Materials

  • Borrowing materials requires your Petroleum Institute ID card.

  • Reference materials and current periodicals can not be borrowed, and are for in-library use only.

  • Course Reserves, found at the Circulation Desk, may be borrowed for in-library use only.

  • Students may borrow materials for 2 weeks. Materials may be renewed once for an additional 2 weeks.* Up to 20 items total may be borrowed at any given time.

  • Faculty and graduate student may borrow materials for one semester, and may renew materials for another full semester.* Up to 30 items total may be borrowed at any given time.

  • Staff may borrow materials for 2 weeks. Materials may be renewed once for an additional 2 weeks.* Up to 20 items total may be borrowed at any given time.

  • External borrowers can borrow materials for 2 weeks, and can not renew. Up to 3 items total may be borrowed at any given time. Authorized visitors must be approved. Non-PI users must apply for a library card valid for one year with the supporting documents, i.e., photo, passport and visa page.

* Materials can be renewed once as long as the item has not been requested by another individual.

Renewals/Returns

  • Materials can be renewed once as long as the item has not been requested by another individual.

  • Items can be renewed at the Circulation Desk, or if the items are not overdue they may be renewed online via My Account in the library’s online catalog.

  • Materials may be returned at the Circulation Desk, or in the book drop located directly outside of the library's main entrance. (Please note, the Arzanah library does not have a book drop.)

  • We ask you to promptly return or renew your borrowed materials. Please return any borrowed items you no longer need as other people may require them.

  • You are 100% responsible for all materials loaned out to your account. If materials loaned out to your account are lost or damaged, your account will be charged regardless of who looses or damages the items.

  • STUDENTS, please keep in mind that you can not graduate until ALL your outstanding library materials and fines are cleared.

  • FACULTY and STAFF, please keep in mind that you can not receive final clearance from the PI until your library account is cleared.



Community Borrowers

The Petroleum Institute Library offers access to its wide range of resources and materials to all employees of ADNOC and its OPCO’s, as well as other affiliated companies and organizations. To avail of this service, qualified users can register online or by bringing the following to Habshan Library:

  1. Recent passport photo
  2. Passport photocopy
  3. Visa photocopy (for nationals, the back page of the passport should be photocopied)
  4. Photocopy of company ID

A community borrowers card which is valid up to a year will be issued to the library user. Renewal of the library card is subject to the same requirements.

Community Borrowers will have the following priviliges:

  1. A borrowing limit of seven books maximum for two weeks;
  2. Access to print resources - maps, books, journals and other materials;
  3. Use of Library facilities such as computers, printers, photocopiers and wireless internet access.


Facilities

Individual study carrels

The libraries provide quiet study areas with individual carrels for students who need to read, study, revise for exams, or any other activity that requires quiet for concentration.

Instruction Rooms

Both the Habshan and Arzanah Libraries have an instruction room with 20+ workstations where the library hosts frequent workshops on how to use our databases and resources. Also, instructors request an Information Literacy session for their class during which their students trained in research skills and library literacy.

Computers and Printing

Each library location has several computers with internet access for performing research, writing papers or working on projects. Wireless access is also provided for anyone who brings their own device.

The computers at each location are also connected to a multifunction color printer/scanner/copier.

Map Room

Habshan Library has a room dedicated to the hundreds of maps and atlases in our collection, where you can find all sorts of historical, political, and geological maps of the Emirates, the region and the world.

Leisure Reading Area

Both Habshan and Arzanah have hundreds of titles in our popular reading collections and comfortable seating for leisure reading where patrons can relax while reading the latest bestsellers in fiction and non-fiction.



Classes and Tours

Schedule a Library Tour or Information Literacy Class

Faculty: If you want to arrange a library tour or an Information Literacy session for your class, please email librarian@pi.ac.ae

Students, Staff, and Non-PI Users: If you would like to arrange a library tour for yourself, or a session with a librarian to become familiar with the library’s online catalog or databases, please stop by the reference desk, contact one of the librarians below, or email librarian@pi.ac.ae