CASA COLLEGE LIBRARY
Academic libraries always will be culture communities and in this digital age have evolved into Information Centers. The main function of an academic library is to provide resources and services to support the learning, teaching, and research needs of students, faculty, and staff by managing online data, weaving and sorting electronic sources, and providing support to users with electronic information.
The Casa College Library is located on the 2nd floor of the Zena Palace Building, 18 Theophany Theodotou street, in Nicosia.
The Library is open 5 days a week for a total of forty hours. The Library schedule is Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Library is fully computerized to assist librarian and students in a variety of ways. Computer terminals are available for the users providing access to the Internet and into library’s catalog. Library users are offered assistance in locating books, periodicals and searching the Internet. Wireless network access also available to all students.
To encourage students to use the Library, new students are invited to visit the Library. The librarian offers a tour of the library and speak about services and operation and gives them additional information on using specific sources and on effective search strategy methods.
In addition, the library has a computer lab with twenty stations, a study room with a sitting capacity for 10 users and a photocopy machine. There are restrictions on what users can photocopy (according to legislation). Copyrights in Cyprus are regulated by the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Law of 1976 to 2006 (Law No. 59/1976, as amended by Laws 63/77, 18/93, 54(I)/99, 12(I)/2001, 128(I)/2002 and 128(I)/2004 and 123(I)/2006) and in all cases the responsibility for complying with legislation rests with the user making the copies.
Library collections are organized by internationally approved conventions and are arranged for efficient retrieval at the time of need based on the Dewey Decimal Classification System (DDCS). The Library provides its users easy access to books, periodicals, journals and other reference material.
The Library uses the KOHA Open-Source Integrated Library System and is currently in the process of cataloguing all its book collection to meet international standards and to be part of the Cyprus Libraries Union Catalogue. For the search of a book the Library is fully computerized. A user can track down a book by simply entering the author, a keyword or title of a book. The user can also search the database by subject so he/she can look at all books in the Library on a specific topic.
To assist research, the Library use free databases such as:
- DOAB: The Directory of Open Access Books covers free, full text, quality controlled academic and peer reviewed books.
- DOAJ: The Directory of Open Access Journals covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. BASE: Bielefeld Academic Search Engine is a search engine especially for academic open access web resources. BASE is operated by Bielefeld University Library.
- Open Science Directory: A search tool from EBSCO for open access journals and journals in special programs for developing countries.
- ROAD: Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources provides free access to a subset of ISSN bibliographic records identifying online scholarly resources available in Open Access: journals, conference proceedings and academic repositories.
- Web of Science®: It is part of the Web of Knowledge platform of Thomson Reuters, and it is responsible for citations analysis.
- Academic Search: It is a free service developed by Microsoft to help researchers, professors, students and professionals to find academic content quickly and easily.
A library user can borrow up to four books at a time, for a period of three weeks. A user, wishing to keep the books for longer period, can do so by renewing the books at the Library. Students cannot borrow books marked with R. Such books are used as reference or are put on reserve for certain classes. When books are overdue, students are notified through the mail or by email and must pay a fine of 50 cents a day. Money from fines goes toward buying books for the library.