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The Learning Resources Centre (LRC) provides world-class facilities to support students, academics, and researchers to enable them to achieve success and academic excellence. The Centre has both printed and digital resources that are of high quality. Users can use modern databases and search engines to improve their academic studies and research.

The LRC has a number of staff who are on hand to provide assistance throughout opening hours. It offers a wide variety of services such as information resource services, training, workshops, circulation services, reference services, electronic resource services, and others.

Electronic resource services offer a variety of electronic resources, such as eBooks, newspapers, journals, databases, full-text journal articles, and indexes, to assist students, instructors, and researchers in their pursuit of achievement and academic excellence. A number of electronic resources are available in the Learning Resources Centre, represented in various databases located on the official page.

The LRC has a wide range of information sources, such as books, printed journals, periodicals, newspapers, DVDs, CDs, theses, special collections, and electronic resources (E-resources).

The LRC is located in the heart of the campus, specifically in the round building, which occupies a large area of the ground and first floors of the whole building. The fascinating building stands in front of Sohar University’s main entrance, which gives the university a sophisticated view.

The ground floor includes the circulation service desk where users can check out and return library materials. This floor also includes a wide range of bookshelves that include specialised resources and general reading divided into English and Arabic, which are all classified according to the Library of Congress classification scheme, as well as reference tools, which consist of encyclopedias, dictionaries, and CDs. There is also a thesis section, with the majority of them brought by Sohar University graduates, along with electronic copies on CDs.

There are multiple screens next to the bookshelves on which the OPAC resources can be searched by using several options such as author, title, subject, and others.

Users can also use the Self-Service Kiosks, which are available on the ground floor, to borrow and return items smoothly. The new arrivals of books can be found on the ground floor by LRC users.

The first floor includes the reference service desk which is a public service counter where professional librarians direct LRC users to LRC materials, collections, services on various types of information from various sources. At the reference desk, users can get personal assistance to get access to the information they need, be directed to library materials and locating resources as well as get guidance in selecting the most appropriate sources of information. This floor also includes 9 independent study rooms for group discussion divided into males and females and a seminar room as well as special collections about Oman, statistics, and leaflets. Wide study spaces and computers are available on both floors.

Opening Hours

Days Time – From Time – To
Sunday – Thursday 8:00 am 2:00 pm
Friday Closed
Saturday 8:00 am 1:00 pm

Liberty link mobile app

Liberty Link gives you the ability to:

  • Search for available resources Check your alert messages for over dues or holds.
  • View library information such as location and opening hours.
  • Scan ISBNs or barcodes to automatically retrieve resources from the system.
  • View the library’s latest resources. View and place a renewal for your loaned items.
  • To download the Liberty Link App from:


It is using the Library of Congress system.

Students can borrow up to 4 items for one week and academic staff can borrow up to 15 items for one month.

Pay fines:
1) Standard loan: 100 baisa per day
2) Short loan: 1.000 OR per day
3) Overnight loan: 1.000 OR per day

You can renew the items by going personally to the circulation desk or renew online by login into liberty system or through the mobile phone application.

If you are an SU Faculty, staff or student with a valid SU Card, then you are eligible to use the Library.

Other Services

The LRC provides a variety of information resources including books, printed journals, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, CDs, theses, special collections s and E-resources. Books are classified according to the Library of Congress classification scheme. To locate a book in the LRC you can use LRC Catalogue and search by author, title or keyword. For more inquiry, please refer to the LRC staff.

To borrow items, you must register with the LRC and have a valid student card. You will be allocated a borrower registration barcode number. Select the items you wish to borrow and ask the LRC staff to record your loan. Period loan is given in the table below:

Category Total no. of items Period
Academic staff 15 4 weeks
SU staff 15 4 weeks
Postgraduate 8 2 weeks
Students 4 week
External users 3 week

Orientations are conducted by LRC staff and are designed to introduce the students to the library’s wealth of resources and to strengthen their research skills. schedule the orientation, please contact LRC staff.

LRC offers a range of workshops for current students, researchers and other members of the SU. These workshops include search skills on electronic resources that have an impact effective and rich with information which benefits students and researchers.

Recommend a Book gives students, researchers and other members easy direct way to tell the LRC which resources you need.

The LRC offers a number of computers that enable users to access the internet and search LRC catalogue and electronic resources. Also, the LRC users can use their personal laptops and connect to the Wireless network anywhere within the LRC.

The Reference desk of LRC is a public service counter where professional librarians provide LRC users with direction to LRC materials, advice, collections, services, and expertise on multiple kinds of information from multiple sources:

  • Answer questions about the library and its services.
  • Answer basic information questions.
  • Help users locate resources for assignments and research projects.
  • Provide assistance in using online, print indexes and resources.
  • Suggest approaches for defining research topics.

For help with reference and research questions:

LRC provides a range of Electronic Resources including eBook, newspapers, magazines, databases, full-text journal articles and indexes to support students, professors and researchers to achieve success and academic excellence.

The LRC provides book a study room for all students and faculty members at Sohar University. The LRC has nine classrooms in the first floor.

How to book a study room?

  • You can book a study room for 1-2 hours only by visiting the reference service desk on the ground floor.
  • The rooms can be used for groups consisting of 3-5 members.
  • You have to bring your University ID card for booking.
  • The booking will be cancelled if the group didn’t come for the first 20 minutes.
  • Please do not leave personal belonging in the rooms. The LRC is not responsible for the loss of personal items.
  • Reserve study rooms are only available during the LRC opening hours.
  • It is not allowed to eat, drink (expect water) inside the room.
  • Groups are not allowed to move chairs outside the room, or add other chairs from neighboring rooms.
  • Please don’t throw waste and clean the room before you leave.