The University of Nicosia has a well-equipped library, a short walk from the main campus building, whose resources can be accessed on-line and from home. The University Library Information Gateway (www.library.unic.ac.cy) gives access to local, national and international sources including the online catalogue (UniCAT).
The system enables students to search out the 95,000 books of the Library collection, to reserve material, to view outstanding loans and renew books accordingly, through online access. In addition to the main collection, the Library has a reserve collection (for short loan) and a reference collection. Access is given to a wide range of networked electronic sources relevant to the subject area of study including on-line databases.
Through the installation of the MetaLib portal (an Ex-Libris Product), our students have local and remote access to all our resources. MetaLib enables users to search databases and e-journals at the same time or do a search of our catalog. Through a subject search, results in abstracts or full-text from different sources and publishers, are displayed simultaneously on a single screen, making access easier and faster. At the same time through the “A-Z” function of SFX, users can search alphabetically in our electronic resources for specific journal titles.
The Library organizes regular training sessions at the beginning of every semester, as well as throughout the year, to help develop user’s information skills. Special instructional “How to Guides” on topics ranging from how to use our catalog, how to search databases and how to evaluate web resources can also be found electronically under “How to…” on our web page: www.library.unic.ac.cy.
In addition to being a founding member of the Cyprus Academic Libraries (CALC), the Library collaborates with leading publishers such as Wiley, Taylor & Francis, Springer, SAGE, Emerald, Elsevier, Cambridge, Oxford, APA and IEEE, as well as with various vendors of electronic databases and eBooks such as EBSCO and Proquest. This has helped the Library’s collection of electronic resources (journals, eBooks, databases) to become one of the most enriched and extensive collections, in both Cyprus and Greece.
The Library is also in partnership with libraries in Cyprus, Greece and other countries, which enables it to give access to a wider range of resources.
Free online access (through a proxy server) is also provided to all members of the University, regardless of where they are located.
To ensure that the University’s off-campus users get the best possible use of the above resources, the Library has developed the Distance Learning Service. This service provides ongoing support via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and by telephone (+357 22842102). It also provides various instructional videos (http://www.library.unic.ac.cy/Distance_Learning.html) as well as teleconferencing lectures (WebEX) on the use of its resources.
All library information and resources are accessible through the website www.library.unic.ac.cy.