Library Services

UCA is establishing an integrated network of three campus libraries of equal stature in Central Asia, beginning with the library at the Naryn campus in 2016. The Khorog campus library will become operational in 2017 and the Tekeli campus library in 2019. All three libraries will be overseen by a University Librarian and supported by OCLC WMS, a leading integrated library management system allowing library visitors to search and access discipline-based and multidisciplinary resources across the three libraries and beyond.


Please visit the UCA Library Circulation Desk for the most current library opening hours.

During open hours, library visitors may use the Library to study, search for relevant resources and borrow and return materials. Librarians are on hand to provide information on the library facilities and services. Visitors can consult with a Reference Librarian and attend library orientation programmes upon request.

Study Spaces

Library visitors are welcome to utilise library spaces and facilities to study in various configurations. The Library provides comfortable seating for both individualised and small group or collaborative study. Independent study spaces and group study rooms are available for use. These spaces are designed to promote intellectual exchange, discovery and learning at UCA.

Independent study spaces are configured for individual silent study; noise and / or distractions are not permitted. For collaborative work, students can reserve group study rooms to work on assignments or hold study groups with classmates. Group study rooms must be booked in advance. For more details and to check group study availability or reserve a room, please contact the librarian.

Borrowing Materials

Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to borrow materials for use inside or outside the Library. Your UCA ID badge is your library card and must be presented to the staff at the Circulation Desk at the time of check out. The borrowing period for most items is one week for students with the option to renew for an additional week if no hold has been placed on the item, and until the end of the semester for faculty. Each library visitor is allowed to check out a maximum of three items at any given time. Borrowed materials should be returned on time during the Library's hours of operation. An overdue fine will be assessed for materials not returned on time. If an item is lost or damaged, the borrower will be required to reimburse the cost of replacement.

How Long You Can Keep/Renew Books
Borrower: Undergraduate/Faculty/Staff
1 week (option to renew for 2 weeks if no hold is placed)

Renewing Materials

All non-reserve materials that have not been recalled by another library visitor can be renewed on the My Account/Book Renewal page or in-person. Borrowers are allowed a maximum of 1 renewal per item.

Penalties for Not Returning Materials

If another library visitor has recalled a book you have checked out, the Library will send an email notification requesting the book's return. Once a book is recalled, borrowers have until 14 days from the original loan date or 5 days from the date of recall, whichever is longer, to return the book, after which a fine of up to $5 a day or partial day is levied.

If an overdue item is not returned, borrowing privileges will be suspended and the library visitor will be charged the cost of replacement.

Paying Fines

Fines for UCA students are billed to student accounts and should be paid at the Library Services Desk.

Reference Services

Library visitors may seek assistance from librarians to find relevant materials. This service includes finding materials in the library's own print, e-book and journal collections and databases as well as from external resources, which may be available through inter-library loan. Due to the large volume of materials published globally in varying formats and at an accelerated pace, finding the right resource(s) quickly and efficiently can be challenging. Librarians are trained to conduct advanced searches with greater specificity and verify the authenticity and currency of the resources.

Recommend addition of new resources

Faculty and students are welcome to recommend new additions to the library to support UCA's existing curricular and research offerings. Recommendations can be sent to

Reserve Collection

The reserve collection includes high demand materials designed by Faculty members to support you in fulfilling your course requirements at UCA. The use of library reserve collection materials should not be substituted for the purchase of books, course curricula or other published materials. Faculty may request the library to designate either library's own or departmental/faculty resources for placement in the Reserve Collection for a designated period of time. Such resources are restricted for use within the library only.

Interlibrary Loan

The Library provides interlibrary loan and delivery services to help students and faculty obtain materials not available in the library. For further details and to use this service, speak to the library staff.

Information Literacy Instruction

The Library provides instruction to library visitors to help them use library resources more effectively for study and research, including writing research papers and managing citations. Instruction is also offered on using electronic resources, formulating search strategies, using information ethically / preventing plagiarism, evaluating source of information and organising citations based on required styles (APA, MLA, et al). Library instruction works best when students seek assistance with a specific assignment or research interest so that the librarian can conduct a focused search across all resource types and formats.

Off-site access to e-resources

Off-site access to most of the library's electronic resources is not currently available. We hope to offer this service in the near future.

Scan, Print and Copy Services

Print and copy facilities are available in the library. The UCA Library has printers, scanners and copy machines to help library visitors get the documents they need. A nominal fee is charged to copy or print a page. Students can also configure their laptops to send print jobs to a networked printer in the library. For more details on how to do this, please speak with a Librarian.

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