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Q What subject areas are represented at UOS library?

A The library’s collection covers a wide range of subjects including

Includes: computing, Internet, libraries, information science

100 Philosophy and psychology
Includes: ethics, Psychology, Personality development, paranormal phenomena

200 Religion
Includes: Islam and other religions of the world

300 Social sciences
Includes: sociology, politics, economics, law, public administration, education, commerce

400 Language
Includes: linguistics, language learning, specific languages

500 Science and mathematics (Natural Sciences)
Includes: physics, chemistry, earth sciences, biology, zoology

600 Technology (Applied Sciences)
Includes: medicine, engineering, agriculture, management

700 The arts
Includes: art, planning, architecture, music, sport

800 Literature and rhetoric
Includes: literature of specific languages

900 Geography and history
Includes: travel, genealogy, archaeology

  1. Where are the journals located? Or Where is the journal’s section?

A.Current journals are displayed besides in Hall A on first floor. Daily newspapers are display on 3rd floor in oriental section. We however request our users to read the newspapers and journals within the designated sections.

  1. Can the journals/newspapers be checked out?
  2. No, Journals and newspapers are non-circulating material. They are only lent out for photocopy purpose if photocopying facility is not available in the library. If they do leave the library they must be returned immediately after photocopying.
  3. Who can borrow books from the UOS library?
  4. Following (only library registered) can avail the borrowing facility of the library:
  • Students
  • Employee
  • Faculty member
  • Honorary member (with special approval of chief librarian)

Note: To avail the services of the UOS library, valid UOS Library card must be required.

  1. How many books can be borrowed from the library and for how long?

Category borrowing privileges time period:

Research scholars                                                                    5 books for      30 days

Postgraduate students (MA/MSc)                                             3 books for      21 days

Graduate students                                                                   3 books for      21 days

Regular teaching staff                                                             10 books for    120 days

Teaching/ Research assistant                                                 5 books for      30 days

Regular none teaching staff (BPS 17 & above)                      5 books for      30 days

Other regular non teaching employees (Below BPS 16)        3 books for      30 days

  1. How can I get UOS library membership?

Students, faculty and staff are entitled for library membership. The members are required to fill a library membership form and submit it at the circulation desk in the library. The library membership forms along with library cards are available at library circulation desk (free of cost). Forms can be download from our web site library website. Library membership form consists of three leave (one white + two yellow). White form is to be submitted in the library while yellow pages are for the guidance of the library members. Following necessary items are required for the membership registration.

  • Two Pictures (don’t staple)
  • Copy of the CNIC               (For employees only)
  • Copy of appointment order (For employees only)

Bar coded library membership cards will be issued within 24 w/h after submission of library membership form.

  1. Is any online log in account provided by the UOS Library?
  2. The UOS Library provides you the facility of checking your library account online through library portal While you are log in, you can perform variety of tasks through the library portal to check the items checked out, items overdue, renew books, reserve books and even modify your personal information (login/password) through library portal.

Note: after receiving your bar coded library card you are advised to change your password immediately. Library will not responsible of any misuse of your account / library card.

Your Login ID for Library Portal

You will be required to use your patron ID and password to be able to use the library portal. You can get your patron ID and password from the library circulation desk or email at ghulammustafa@uos.edu.pk.

  1. What are the major sections of the UOS library?
  2. The library comprise of the following sections:
  • Reference section
  • Text books section
  • Computer Lab
  • Circulation Section
  • Acquisition
  • Technical Section
  • Oriental Section
  1. How can we find any book? Or How can one find his/her book? Or how books are arranged on the shelves?
  2. The arrangement of the books is done according to a classification system called Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC). This is one of the most renowned library classification systems being used throughout the world. In this classification, knowledge has been divided into ten classes from 000-999

Books are arranged in ascending order from 000—999 on the shelves. Each & above main classes have their sub-classes. In DDC point (.) is used after the first three digits. However, for each classification numbers at least three digits from 000-999 must be assigned for every book.

Investigate. If this is your first time in a library that is new to you, take some time to look around and get to know the place. Notice the signs in the building and the overall system. It is recommended to look for floor maps or directories near the entrance.

Consult the catalogue. Central Library has computerized catalogues available on computer terminals throughout the building. Online Catalogue of Central Library UOS is 24/7 is available.

Either way, there are some standard ways to search a catalogue.

  • Title search. If you know the book’s title, you can search for it. In a paper card catalogue, you will search alphabetically. In general, though, ignore “a” or “the” if it is the first word. Computerized catalogues vary, but you will usually select a title search and type in full title of the book or at least the first few words of the title
  • An author search. If you know the author of the book, or if you are interested in other works by a favorite author, you can search for that. Authors are usually listed by their last names.


  • A subject search on a broad topic. If you know what you want to read about, or you’re searching for particular information, but you don’t know the title of a specific book, try a subject search. A subject that is too broad may turn up too many results, including other related subjects. A subject that is too narrow may not be catalogueed. If you don’t find quite what you want the first time, try searching on different words.
  • Keyword search. Most electronic catalogues will let you search on a keyword or words. For example, searching on the keyword “Pakistani” would find any book withthat word in the title, be it about Pakistani cooking, Pakistani culture, or Pakistani people.

Make notes. When you find the book you want in the catalogue, write down the call number and any other information about the location of the book. Please use scraps of paper placed on OPAC terminal table. This information tells you where to find the book.

Go find the book(s) you have chosen. Follow the signs in the library, then the labels on the ends of the shelves, and then the labels on the spine of each book to locate your book.

Still you are unable to search your book don’t worry! Contact to the Library staff for help.

  1. What is the call number?
  2. This is the order of the book on the shelves. You can trace the book through this call number. All books in the library are assigned a call number, usually found on the book spine. The call number represents what the book is about and acts like the book’s address on the library’s shelves or stacks. It is combination of classification number and author mark and looks like this

020               Classification number (this number starts from 000 to 999)

CUL            Author mark (when you reach your desired class number than follow the

alphabetical arrangement)

  1. What forms of identification can be used to check out materials from the UOS library?
  2. Library members have to present their valid UOS Library card, which is non-transferable.

Honorary members will be given a membership card for a specified period, which must be returned or renewed after the mentioned date.

  1. Is there any fine charged in case of failure to return the books within due time?
  2. Yes a fine of Rs. 05.00 per day per book will be charged after due date.
  3. Can you borrow library material if you have a fine against your name?
  4. No. After crossing specific limit your circulation is automatically suspended till the submission of fine.
  5. What would be compensation if any library material has been lost by the library user?
  6. He / She has to compensate in the following way:
  • If library material is available (in the same format) in the local market, he / she has to pay the market price of the item along with rupees one hundred processing charges
  • He / She may purchase it on fine or pay that price along with shipment charges and taxes.
  • In case of non-availability of material, he / she has to pay as per library rules.
  1. If the same edition / version of the item is not available?
  2. One can submit the latest edition/ version if the same is unavailable in the market or out of print.
  3. Is photocopy facility available at the UOS library?
  4. Yes, the photocopy facility is available in the library within copyright provisions.

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