Dammam University, one of Saudi Arabia's leading university, has
on Friday unleashed a plan to build a fully computerised library
with Information Technology enabled services. The library built at
the cost of SR 100mn, will be ready by next year.
“The new central library at the university will be ready by
mid-semester next year. The total cost is SR 100 million, of which
SR 86 million will be spent on construction of the building,”
Arab News quoted Abdullah Alrubaish, Dammam University rector,
"Students will use electronic
service while borrowing books and returning them to the library.
The library will have 300 computer points and five computer labs,
as well as halls and classes equipped with the latest technology",
“We have signed three contracts with STC, Zain and
Mobiley in order to provide service at the university. The
computer and science college will provide wireless service at the
university soon", the Saudi English daily quoted Alrubaish as
Raed Bukhari, dean of libraries, said: “We want to target all
students through this campaign and make them aware of the
importance of searching through latest technologies.
“We have a system called ‘QR CODE,’ which will help them download
online applications of the library easily", he added.
The plan has been launched to focus
on educating students on library services and encourage them to
deal with the electronic service which will be provided at the new