Library and Information Centre
The library’s main objectives are to provide quality resources that support the educational and research goals of the University community, to help students assume responsible roles in a changing society and to be of service to society through partnerships with business and civic institutions.
The library building is a short walk from the main campus building and provides a pleasant atmosphere for individual or group study, with a seating capacity of 200 seats, with networked PCs for electronic access and Wi-Fi access. Photocopy facilities, conference room and lab room for quiet study are also available.
Please check the library website (www.library.unic.ac.cy) for library opening hours.
Joining the library
You need to register with the library to ensure you have full access to its resources and facilities. Instructions to join the library: https://www.library.unic.ac.cy/node/2016.
Accessing and searching for resources
The library holds approximately 100,000+ print books in all relevant areas of study. Access is also given to thousands of electronic resources through on-line databases, a big number of E-books (500,000) and full text e-journals (30,000) from various publishers that cover all relevant areas of study.
The library offers different options to search for sources (either print or electronic), which can be accessed from the library webpage: https://www.library.unic.ac.cy/:
- UNIC Library search (the search bar on the library website home page) – is a discovery system that allows you to search the majority of the databases, the library has subscribed to and the library catalogue
- Individual databases – only for electronic resources
- Library catalogue (Aleph) – only for print books http://alephweb.unic.ac.cy:8992/F/?func=find-b-0
Accessing electronic resources off-campus
All electronic resources are available 24/7 all year round. The library offers two authentication methods for accessing electronic resources off-campus: OpenAthens and Proxy. Step-by-step instructions can be found https://www.library.unic.ac.cy/campus-access.
Accessing resources not provided by the library
The library provides two services for access material that is not provided by the library:
- Interlibrary loans – through collaboration with other state universities, or through the British Library Document Supply Centre efforts are made to give you access to the material you require. For more information please contact Christina Papadopoulou ([email protected])
- Library Union – The library collaborates with the University of Cyprus, TEPAK and the Open University libraries to allow all students from the four universities to borrow print books from any of these libraries. For more information please contact the library ([email protected]).
Distance Learning services
The DL library services section has developed procedures to ensure a user-friendly and ease of access to library resources. These include:
- Automatic registration with the Library for DL students
- Dedicated helpdesk providing ongoing support via email/ phone, or using tools, such as, Team Viewer for instantaneous support or live demonstrations
- Dedicated modules in library website https://www.library.unic.ac.cy/english-instructions-distance-learners and in Moodle https://courses.unic.ac.cy/course/view.php?id=415 on instruction and tutorials on accessing and using library resources and other useful resources
- WebEx teleconferencing training session at the beginning of each semester on how to access and use library resources
- Access to print material via collaborations with other university libraries
For further information please contact the DL Library HelpDesk helpdesk via email [email protected] and by telephone: Cyprus 00357 22842102, Greece: 0030 6983478547.
The library provides either one-to-one or group trainings to help library users in their search for resources, develop literature search strategies and use RefWorks to develop bibliographies. For more information please contact Georgia Christodoulou ([email protected]).
Supporting information and guides are provided via the library webpage (www.library.unic.ac.cy):
- Library guides – https://www.library.unic.ac.cy/library-guides
- Subject guides – print copies can be found in the library
The library provides guidance for researchers in consolidating their research activity to ensure its inclusion in their research profiles and to find reliable sources for publishing articles or for their projects.
For more information please contact: Theodora Petrou ([email protected])
Plagiarism, copyrights and intellectual property
Copyrights are the owner’s legal rights to print, publish, perform, film, or record material and to give permission to others to do the same. All print and electronic material has copyrights assigned to them. It is standard that you can copy 10% of a book or one article from a journal issue, if you are unsure please check with the librarians.
Intellectual property, in general terms, is the protection of an original idea – Cyprus Intellectual property law/Νόμος Περί Πνευματικής Ιδιοκτησίας
It is academically unacceptable and also illegal to present the work of others as your own and the University reserves the right to penalize anyone who steals someone’s work.
Plagiarism is passing off someone else’s work as your own, without giving credit to the person who produced the work. Your work should consist of your own ideas and beliefs. It should be original and the result of your own research and evaluation.
To help you create in-text citations and bibliographies the library gives access to and supports the reference management system: RefWorks.
Please contact the library for more information: [email protected]
Official European information
The library hosts the European Documentation Centre (EDC-UNIC), which is part of a European Commission initiative. EDC-UNIC receives and has access to official EU publications, documents, statistics, legislation and electronic databases, which are made available to academics and the public via the EDC-UNIC webpage (https://edc.library.unic.ac.cy). Training and instruction is, also, provided for individuals and groups in finding EU information and using EU tools. For more information contact Georgia Christodoulou ([email protected]).
Communicating with the library
Our moto is “Service to all users” and the librarians are always willing to assist you. You can contact the library via:
- Telephone: 22842100
- Email: [email protected] or [email protected] (for DL students)
- Live Chat: access on the library webpage: www.library.unic.ac.cy
- Social media:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uniclibrary/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unic_library/