Services and Facilites

General Resources – Most of these are available to you on-line and therefore currently still accessible. For the latest information on database accessibility staff and students should refer to their University Moodle pages. 

During this time of the COVID-19 alert, there are on-line options that might also be relevant and useful to you, as an alternative to accessing our physical services and facilities. For additional information please refer to the University Online Learning pages or your University Moodle under Database Accessibility.

Borrowing and Circulation

The Library holds a physical collection of over 44,000 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].

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 Hewlêr. 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 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
  • 19 Desktop computers and 30 i-pads
  • Scanning
  • Photocopying
  • A physical collection of more than 44,000 items
  • E-resource journal and book access to subscription-based databases
  • Enquiry desk support access nine hours a day during semester
  • Bookable private study rooms
  • Library information on webpages and user guides
  • Training and facilitation on information literacy 

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.

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.

The professional staff of the library adhere to the Chartered Institute of Librarians and Information Professionals (CILIP) 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. In enabling this it has liaised the following institutions-

  • Erbil Polytechnic University at
  • University of Salahaddin at
  • Lebanese American University at
  • Hewler Medical University
  • Library of the Kurdistan Region Government Parliament
  • University of Suliamania
  • Kurdish Heritage Institute, Slemani at
  • Hewler Public Libraries.