Services and Facilities

During this time of the COVID-19 alert although our physical library is currently closed to all personnel, there are on-line options that might also be relevant and useful to you. For additional information please refer to the University Online Learning pages or your University Moodle under Database Accessibility.

Borrowing and Circulation - This service is currently on hold

The Library holds a physical collection of over 41,000 items which are available for reference or to be borrowed. When borrowing material staff and students are required to use their University ID badges.

Be aware that throughout the academic year and as the collection develops the checkout periods may change according to recognised needs.

All Library users are able to place a reservation on an item in stock. However it should be noted that priority is given to reservations which support professors, instructors, and teachers in the delivery of their academic work streams. They can and do request the Library to reserve materials. The Library will endeavour to meet user requests which do not conflict with the academic staff requirements.

There are penalties in place for poor management of materials. Currently all materials which are not returned within or on their due date will incur a fine of 1000 IQ Dinar per item, per day. Anyone losing Library materials will have to pay for the cost of replacement and must report the loss immediately. All lost or damaged items are currently charged at one and half times the full cost price of the item, including the shipping and handling charges.

Please consult Library staff if you have any queries about these matters or email [email protected].

Library Facilities

The Library’s mandate is to create an inviting, user friendly, research focused environment for its users.
It offers a range of facilities to deliver on that mandate. They include:

  • An online catalogue of the physical collection
  • Wireless Internet access
  • 29 Desktops
  • Scanning
  • Photocopying
  • A physical collection of more than 43,000 items
  • E-resource access to subscription-based databases
  • Professional/enquiry desk support access nine hours a day during semester
  • Bookable private study rooms
  • Library information on webpages and user guides

Information Literacy

A key element of the Library Mission, Vision and strategy is to be a national and international leader in providing services for UKH students, faculty, staff, and residents of Hewler. To deliver on this requirement the Library is teaching information literacy/research skills to every class and faculty. Our goal is that they all become independent empowered learners. Through a range of knowledge sharing and skills building exercises the following outcomes are achieved.  Users know:

  • What online and print information resources are, and where they are located
  • What search strategies are and how to use them
  • How to access and evaluate difference resources
  • How to use resources effectively and ethically
  • Who to consult with, if needed

Library Rules

The library expects all users to follow library policies and procedures and to be courteous and respectful to their colleagues and library staff. Violation of the code of conduct or procedures, could lose users their library privileges.

Copyright Policies 

The library strictly adheres to the Iraq Order No. 83, Amendment to the Copyright Law 2003 (see and International Copyright Laws. It has followed this policy since its inception and will not knowingly accept or purchase any pirated material.

Professional Standards

The professional staff of the library adhere to the Chartered Institute of Librarians and Information’s Professionals code of ethics, as defined in our management statement on Professional Practice.


The Library will take every opportunity to liaise and support the work of its subject department's relationships with various regional government departments in the Federal Region of Kurdistan - Iraq, as well as other stakeholders and commercial partners, including local and international businesses.

The Library is committed to the principle of cooperation between libraries specifically in networking and promoting knowledge skills transfer and best practice with fellow professionals and their institutions. To this end it has established relations with the local library authority and the following institutions-