Umm Al-Qura University

Umm Al-Qura University

The King Abdullah Library: An Ideal Place for Quiet and Studious Students




The King Abdullah Library at Umm Al-Qura University, Al-Abdiyyah, is an ideal place for those looking for a study environment away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, at a time when tests are still running regularly at Umm Al-Qura University.

University students are still searching for quiet areas, as many places are lacking the relaxed ambiance at this time that is difficult for many students. They need a place where they can focus for a while before entering the test room.

The general atmosphere within the King Abdullah Library has been prepared for concentration on learning and studying lessons, which makes it the students' number one haven. The calmness here stimulates recollection and provides psychological comfort that is motivated by the complete silence, except for occasional grunts, or noises of footsteps heading restlessly towards the prepared tables or the neatly arranged bookshelves and reference shelves.

Electronic laboratories:

Student Abdul-Rahman Bami, who studies at the College of Economic Sciences, considers that the King Abdullah Library contains important things to attract students. He indicated that he pays regular visits to the library on days other than test days, and frequents it more often during the test days to use the internet lab, and databases provided by the Public Library, and that everyone uses it easily and conveniently.

He adds that he owes the library much, as he usually prepares his assignment reports in the King Abdullah Library because of the calmness of the place, which is the most important requirement for preparing reports. Here the thoughts flow, writers become prolific, and advanced equipment aids performance, in addition to the availability of intensive and accessible resources.

Reading rooms:

"Here I found calmness and tranquility that motivate study and diligence." This is how student Salem Al-Hazmi began his talk about the Public Library, noting that it has the convenience of helping him focus and review lessons to be fully ready to take the exam. He added that students come before the exam to review the previous lectures; they use the books, references and free photocopying service provided by the Library in preparation for upcoming tests. It is possible to borrow books easily and the librarians are very cooperative and friendly. Other aiding devices are also available.

100 books daily:

The Library Assistant Director for Technical Affairs, Mr. Abdullah Al-Sulaimani, confirms that the number of books loaned to students daily exceeds 100 books. In addition, there are fully equipped halls and private study rooms for students to study their lessons and prepare for exams. He added that a digital imaging service has been provided so that students can have digitally scanned books on their memory cards as a free service for university students. The library also deals with the students in the event that they have overdue books, enabling them to renew the books without having to return them, taking into account the time constraints during tests. Likewise, all the references and books that they need are made handy to them.

Electronic search:

The Dean of Library Affairs, Dr. Muhammad Lihaibi, explains that the Public Library is visited by many postgraduate, undergraduate, and diploma students. The library encourages them to check out books and take advantage of study retreats and reading halls on the lower and upper floors. There are also computer devices that help the students conduct electronic research because they contain free internet access and printing.

The cognitive outcome:

Senegalese student, Sheikhna bin Mohammed Tingi Alura, explains that when he is at the university, he takes advantage of his free time to spend it in the library, which is a motivating place to review Shari`ah lessons in particular. Studying Shari`ah and legal religious matters require great concentration. He added that in the library environment students can acquire the greatest amount of moderate Shari`ah knowledge, thus following the moderate Islamic methodology, and become able to answer the questions posed by laypeople.

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