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Using the Library
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Welcome to the H.H. Sh. Mohamed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa

The Library plays an important role in all academic institutions. The Library Learning Centre (LLC) supports the institution’s mission, vision, and values. Academic study demands a wide range of research materials are available and that there is a high quality service that focus on patron needs that supports students each of the programmes offered. Due to cultural diversity, interdisciplinary study, and rapid technological changes, academic libraries face challenges for delivering appropriate information services. We pride ourselves on the range and quality of the collections and services we provide to the Bahrain Polytechnic community.  We seek to ensure the LLC is an active learning and research space for all.

Catherine Walker

Acting Director of Student Services


LLC Mission Statement

The Bahrain Polytechnic Library Learning Centre supports and promotes teaching, learning, and research practices through extensive collaboration with faculty in an effort to provide quality resources and services that meet the needs of a dynamic and innovative world.


The Library:

  • Facilitates excellence in teaching, learning, and research
  • Creates an appropriate environment to support teaching, learning, and research
  • Anticipates and responds to student and faculty needs
  • Contributes to positive student and faculty outcomes and experiences
  • Provides the information resource infrastructure, necessary for leading-edge teaching, learning, and research activity
  • Supports community outreach and community partnerships

The Library Floor Plans is available here.

Opening Hours

Our library opens for Polytechnic students and staff daily from Sunday to Wednesday 7:30am to 6pm and Thursday 7:30am to 4:00pm

During Ramadan, opening hours are from:

  • Week 1 & 2:    8:00am to 3:30pm
  • Week 3 & 4:    8:00am to 2:45pm

Summer Time opening hours (effective July 11th – September 1st) are from 7:30am to 4:00pm

Admission to the Library

Polytechnic Students and Staff

As a registered student or staff, you will be provided with a library card. Your card is needed to:

  • Enter and exit the library
  • Borrow books
  • Book the media room or quiet study areas

Have you lost your student card?

  • Report lost cards immediately to the LLC
  • Order a new replacement card

Visitor to Bahrain Polytechnic

As a visitor, you will have a visitor access card, which will provide you access to the library. Your card is needed to:

  • Enter and exit the library

As a visitor, you will not have the capability to borrow books or access databases linked to the LLC.

Borrowing, Fines and Renewals

HAB_8574At the LLC, we have a collection of books, DVDs, and CDs you can borrow.

Here are the loan periods below:

  • Students may borrow a maximum of five items for three weeks
  • Academic staff may borrow a maximum of ten items for one semester
  • Allied staff may borrow a maximum of ten items for three weeks

Please be sure to bring your Bahrain Polytechnic student/staff ID to the LLC in order to check out materials. “No ID = No borrowing !” Please return items on time or renew them at the Information Desk or online.

Library Fines for Overdue and Lost Items

  • If you return a book late, you are required to pay BD 1 per book per day (not exceeding BD 30)
  • If you lose a book, you are required to pay BD 25 plus the original cost of the book OR you are required to buy the book for the LLC (same or new edition) without paying BD 25


  • Renewal of items can only occur prior to the expiry date.
  • Renewals online cannot be done for books either on the expiry date or after that date.

For renewing items:

  1. Go to LLC home.
  2. Click on “My Account” under “My Library” on top left hand corner.
  3. Input library account login: Name (first names) and Barcode (student ID number).
  4. Tick box to identify the selected book you wish to renew.
  5. You have the option of selecting  “All”

IT in the Library

Bahrain Polytechnic library provides students, staff and visitors access to computer workstations with specialised software, printing facilities, and scanners.

Computers and Internet Access

Library offers computer workstations throughout the Library system for use by students, faculty and staff, as well as guest users from the wider community. Guest access provides access to the Library’s website, catalogues and electronic resources (journals, e-books, databases, etc.), but not to the Internet in general. Most software applications on the Library workstations are likewise only available to Polytechnic users.

General software, available on all library computer workstations

1 Desktop Gadget Gallery 8 JAVA
2 Windows DVD Maker 9 K Lite Codec Pack
3 Windows Media Player 11 Microsoft Silver Light
5 XPS Viewer 12 Microsoft System Centre 2012
6 Adobe Web Premium CS4 13 Question mark
7 Crimson Editor SVN286M

Our Services

Information Desk

The Information Desk provides a range of information and support services for Polytechnic students and staff supporting all programmes. Along with general enquiries, the help desk provides the following services:

  • Locating reading list material
  • Finding subject information to support essays and projects
  • Using e-resources such as subject databases and eJournals
  • Assistance with locating print and online materials
  • Subject and general reference queries
  • 4-hour collection
  • Access to theses
  • Store items request
  • Reading lists for faculty programmes

Book a Study Room

  • Group study
  • Quiet study

LLC Staff

Name  Title  Ext
Tom O Rourke LLC Manager 7497
Naheed Al AkberLearning Support Specialist7196
Zahra AlBarriTechnician: Technical Services7082
Reem AlSaffarAdministrator: Library/Learning Centre7301
Fatima Al GhareebTechnical Services Librarian7382

Contact Details

Questions? Feedback? Suggestions? We want to hear from you!


tel  1789 7543 (Information Desk)

tel  1789 7544 (Research Support)

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