Services and Facilites

Borrowing and Circulation

The Library holds a physical collection of over 45,000 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 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 students 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

Training sessions available include the following topics –

  • Citation and referencing – how to cite and reference your work correctly. The university preferred style is Harvard, but others may apply.  Please check with individual Schools before applying any particular style to your work.
  • Database training – how to access and use either our databases in general or on the usage of specific databases
  • Dissertation and thesis presentation – how to write up and present your dissertation/thesis in the approved University format and style (documentation and template available on Moodle)
  • Library induction – how to use the library to your best advantage, accessing materials and services

These may be booked either as group or individual sessions by staff and students

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.  See Library Rules and Regulations for a complete list of rules for individuals. 

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.

Our usage and abidance of copyright is defined in our management statement on Copyright with Individual Usage Notice of Copying

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-