Message from the Librarian

The University Library, in its new, improved, 21st century form, is even more vital a part of the University environment than ever.

Welcome to the Library, Royal University for Women, Bahrain.

We encourage you to browse our website and see what our library has to offer. Our goal is to provide our patrons with excellent service in a friendly and pleasant atmosphere.

As a part of the university environment, the role of the university library, in its new improved 21st-century environment is more vital than ever. In this era of the Internet, when the Information and communication technologies are changing so fast and electronic publishing and digitization have increased the overwhelming volume of information available, libraries are not able to provide access to the vast published academic information.

Today the focus of libraries has changed from ‘acquisition’ to ‘access’ and one of the keys to success at University and in subsequent life pursuits is the ability to find, organize and deploy information effectively. While Academic Libraries use to focus on providing books, journals, and other print materials in support of the students' course work, the priority now is to train students to be independent information literate citizens. Most university students consider themselves to be proficient Internet users. However, when a simple Google search on a phrase like "Islamic Finance" returns over a million records, it becomes clear that there is more to it than just quick surf through the web. This information proliferation is not confined to the internet only.

The Royal University for Women (RUW) Library is an integral part of the university to meet the information, research, and curriculum needs of its students, faculty and staff members. It is a place where the staff is actively engaged in guiding students in the learning process and increasing the potential of students. The library’s holdings include a diverse collection of thousands of printed books, journals, electronic databases, and other resources in support of courses offered and nurtures information literacy skills to enable RUW students to navigate and surf the needful information effectively. The library offers a space that inspires the exchange of ideas and collaboration on projects, a bustling, intellectually stimulating atmosphere of the university experience along with space for individual studies and separate research cabins for research work.

We have a dedicated library staff who will assist in every way to ensure that you reach your full potential by providing the right materials for you.

I dream that RUW will produce graduates who are self-sufficient in surfing information and will never, ever ask the question "Does a University really need a Library?"


Good Luck in your studies and looking forward to your library visit.

Library Manager