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Welcome to the CMUQatar Library

About Our Library
The CMUQatar Library’s services and resources support the academic and research programs at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. Access to a large collection of databases, ejournals and ebooks are provided both on-site and remotely.

The Library houses a physical collection of more than 10,000 print volumes in major disciplines of Biological Sciences, Business Administration, Computational Biology, Computer Science and Information Systems, as well as general education topics including math, physical sciences, economics and history. CAMEO is the Library’s online platform for locating resources, and is integrated with the holdings in Pittsburgh.

Materials can also be borrowed from other institutions in Education City.

Library staff members are on-site during all open hours, and can provide assistance in both researching and obtaining resources.


CMUQatar Library policies have been developed with your input to help everyone make the best use of our physical and digital resources.  Violations of Library policies may lead to expulsion from the Library facility, fines or worse.

  • Respect Library hours and Library staff.  Per the Carnegie Mellon Code, “students … are expected to meet the highest standards of personal, ethical and moral conduct possible.”
  • The Library is a quiet zone (unless you are in a group study room).  If you must talk about course- or project-related items, please do so in a whisper.  Personal conversations should be taken to the cafeteria, majlis or lounge – your voice carries across the Library louder and farther than you think.
  • The Shh! Room is available for silent study.  Please respect this space by refraining from all conversations in this room, and by keeping the door closed at all times.  The entire building is available for audible activities, except for a precious few silent spaces – please do not come into a silent space and corrupt it.
  • Use the signup sheet on the door to reserve a group study room.  Rooms may be reserved for a maximum of 2 hours per group.  Occupancy should be a minimum of 3 students.
  • Individual cubicles are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are available for active use only.  That is, you may not “hold” a desk by leaving your stuff on it during class or breaks.  Unattended items will be moved outside the cubicle after 20 minutes.
  • If you are not using a Library PC/Mac, please choose a seat without a computer.  Priority must be given to students using the Library’s computers.  Take advantage of the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) stations if you need to plug in a personal device.
  • While all students are welcome to use the computers in the Business Resource Center (1160), priority must be given to students using the Bloomberg Professional Service. Also note that there is a Bloomberg Professional terminal in the Student Lounge for after-hours access to the service.
  • The Library is not responsible for lost items.  Left items will be brought to the Information Desk first, then to the security desk in the main lobby.
  • While it is acceptable to bring snacks and drinks into the Library, refrain from eating full meals in the facility.  Please enjoy your lunch or dinner in the cafeteria, majlis or lounge.  Despite your best efforts, smells, crumbs, noise, etc. disturb others when you dine in the Library.
  • Help keep the Library a clean and safe place to work and study.  Clean up after yourself.
  • Defacement or destruction of furniture, printers, books, magazines, iPads, calculators, etc. is considered destruction of University property and all incidents of this nature will be reported to Security and Student Affairs.
  • Loan periods:

-   Books = 30 days (books on course reserve will vary)

-   Magazines = 7 days

-   DVDs = 7 days

-   iPads/Kindles = 7 days

-   Calculators, presentation clickers, wireless mice = Same day

-   Headphones = In Library use only; staff will hold your CMUQatar ID at the desk

-   Textbook reserves = In Library use only

The Library team is here to help you, please ask for assistance.

Also, these policies apply to everyone so do not hesitate to remind your fellow students of proper behavior.  Again, the Carnegie Mellon Code states that “… individuals are expected to uphold the standards of the community in addition to holding others accountable for said standards.

Together, let’s make our Library the best space on campus to learn, research, study, collaborate, innovate and SUCCEED!

Research Databases and Online Learning
Faculty, staff and students at CMUQatar have access to the full range of research databases and electronic resources available to students at the Pittsburgh campus. Additionally, the Qatar community has access to a variety of extra resources purchased specifically for us in Qatar.

To access the databases available to all University users, visit Databases A-Z, or click ‘Articles and Databases’ to the left under Quick Links.

To view the range of special resources available for CMUQatar users, visit our Qatar Library Guide.

Magazines, Journals and Newspapers
The Library provides access to thousands of electronic magazines, journals and newspapers. Check out the e-journals A-Z list to see if your favorite publication is available.

CMUQatar users might be particularly interested in The Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education or Nature Journals Online. provides the CMU-Q community access to daily newspapers from all over the world – check for favorites from your home country or town.

Print copies of local and international newspapers in English and Arabic, such as the Peninsula, can also be found in the library, along with print copies of a selection of journals and magazines like National Geographic, Nature Biotechnology, Harvard Business Review, and Science.

General Collection Books
All of the Library’s 10,000+ hard copy books can be borrowed and taken out of the library, and new titles are added every week.
eBooks on Kindle
The Qatar Library provides access to more than 2,500 titles (and growing) in eBook format via Kindle. Students, staff and faculty can borrow a library Kindle device from the main desk in order to access the full range of Kindle titles.
eBooks Online
Thousands of eBooks are available through the library’s various databases. The most direct way to access these is through a search on CAMEO – the Library’s catalog.
Arabic Language Books
The Arabic Language collection includes several hundred titles of significance to Arabic language and cultural studies, including literature, history, biography and poetry. Click here for more information.

A significant collection of Arabic language e-books is also available to our users through the Qatar National Library’s Al Manhal database. Visit Qatar National Library for more information.

Careers Collection
Visitors to the Library will find a special careers collection with materials dedicated to career planning, job searching, interviewing and resume building, as well as getting into graduate school and practicing for graduate school entry exams such as the MCAT and GRE.
Travel Collection
Visitors to the Library will notice that this collection features travel guides, inspirational works and travel writing to get you prepared for the next semester break.
Featured Titles and New Books
The featured titles and new books collection near the front of the Library highlights popular, newsworthy, general interest and leisure items from our collection, from award-winning fiction to business blockbusters, and is constantly changing. Make sure to stop in regularly to see what’s new.
Multimedia, Videos and Music
The Library has more than 1,000 DVDs in its media collection, ranging from documentary to feature film titles, available for all CMUQatar users to borrow. Click here to browse the latest titles. Downloadable digital films and multimedia are currently available for faculty for classroom use; inquire for details.
Access to Collections from Other Institutions
CMUQatar users, by virtue of their residence in Qatar and membership in the Qatar Foundation Education City community, are able to access numerous collections from our partner institutions in the vicinity. These collections include:

Qatar National Library –
Georgetown University Library –
Virginia Commonwealth University Library –
Weill Cornell University Library –
Texas A&M University Library –
Northwestern University Library –

An increasing number of scholarly books and journals are becoming available to everyone, for free, via “open access.” While the CMUQatar Library does not provide access to such materials, they are of course available for use by faculty, staff and students, and the Library strives to make high quality sources of such material known and easily discoverable by our users. Examples of “open access” material include Carnegie Mellon University’s Research Showcase, the free e-book provider Project Gutenberg, and the Directory of Open Access Journals. You can learn more about open access here.

General Inquiries
All Library staff are able to answer quick questions about how to access and search our catalog, how to find books on the shelves, how to use library technology and equipment, and other general service questions. Just ask in person during all open Library hours or contact the main Information Desk.
Research, Teaching and Tutoring


Individual and small-group consultation is available for students engaged in course research projects on a drop-in basis during the hours of 8am-5pm, Sunday-Thursday. Students are also welcome to make an appointment with a librarian for research consultation. Appointments are typically 30 minutes. We can offer:

  • Guidance using the Library’s search systems and/or databases.
  • Recommendations for databases and resources suited to the topic.
  • Help with search techniques and strategies, including keyword development.
  • Assistance with citation software such as Zotero.

Contact a librarian (‘Contact Us’) for more information or to make an appointment.

Faculty and Staff

Individual and small-group consultation is available for faculty and staff on a drop-in basis during the hours of 8am-5pm, Sunday-Thursday. Faculty and staff are also welcome to make an appointment with a librarian for research consultation or instruction. We can also visit your department meetings to share information or instruction on request. We can help you to:

  • Develop and deliver a research instruction lesson/session to your students, in-class, or as a lunchtime workshop.
  • Receive an in-depth orientation or overview of our resources in your discipline.
  • Understand and navigate Library search systems.
  • Learn all the content and features of a specific database.
  • Discuss any research problems you’ve encountered.

Contact a librarian (‘Contact Us’) for more information or to make an appointment.

Research Assistance for Faculty Members
Assistance with research from a qualified librarian, including literature search and review, is available for faculty members on a space-available basis.
Interlibrary Loan
Sometimes, borrowing material from another of our nearby libraries is the best way to get you what you need. If you know of a book at another Education City library that you’d like to borrow, let us know and we’ll arrange to borrow the book on your behalf – we’ll even have it delivered to the CMUQatar Library for you.
The Library orders and distributes print and electronic textbooks for the Qatar campus. Faculty can learn more about textbook selection and ordering from their academic departments or the Library Director.

Students bring a copy of their course schedule to collect their books from the textbooks store in the Library from 8am-5pm during the first week of every semester.

At least one spare copy of each textbook is kept on reserve at the front of the library for quick access in a pinch. Ask library staff for assistance finding the one you need. Reference copies of textbooks from past semesters are also kept for at least 18 months.

Study Rooms and Spaces
The Library provides access to two reservation-based, small-group study rooms. These rooms (1153 and 1155) must be reserved at the main Information Desk. Room 1155 is equipped with a large screen and laptop hookups, ideal for working on presentations.

Need some peace and quiet? Head to the Shh!Room in the back of the library, where silence reigns.

In good weather, consider settling into a spot in our outdoor poetry garden. We’ve provided shade, comfy seating, extra lighting for when the sun goes down, and plenty of Wi-Fi.

The rest of the library is filled with nooks and workspaces to accommodate 1-5 people at a time; find your favorite spot on a first-come, first-served basis.

Request for New Materials
If you’d like access to a book, article or journal that we don’t already have, contact us so that we can acquire it. The best option for acquiring material depends on the details of your request – we may borrow it from another library in Education City; purchase a hard copy and have it shipped over; or purchase an electronic copy which can be downloaded to a University device. Get in touch with the main Information Desk, or your favorite Library staff person, for a quick consultation to determine the best route. Our contact details are in the ‘Contact Us’ section of this website.
Equipment, Productivity and Technology
Borrow an iPad, Kindle, presentation clicker, calculator, or headphones from the main Information Desk. Charge up at one of our mobile device-charging stations. Sit down and work at either a PC or Mac workstation, or connect your own Apple device to an oversize screen and keyboard for productivity.

The Library’s printer room offers self-service printing, scanning and photocopying. Printers are restricted to 20 papers per print job. Double-sided printing is available and extends the number of pages that can be printed at one time.

Contact Us
Main Information Desk

Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Doha, Education City
Ground Floor, Room 1156

Library Staff

teresaDirector | Teresa MacGregor
Office 1152 | 4454-8591

aliciaReference & Instruction Librarian | Alicia Salaz
Office 1154 | 4454-8403

evangelineLibrary Associate, Acquisitions Coordinator | Evangeline Castillo

shubhaLibrary Assistant | Shubha Kekre

shaimaLibrary Assistant | Shaima Sheriff

fabeenaLibrary Associate, Administrative Coordinator | Fabeena Ummer

sinduLibrary Associate, Textbooks Coordinator | Sindu Velsar