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Student Guide to Bethlehem University Library

The purpose of the Student Guide to Bethlehem University Library is to provide each student with the essential information on library policies, procedures and services.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Bethlehem University Library is to serve the academic community of students, administration, faculty, and staff by providing materials, resources, services, and facilities to meet curriculum-related needs. The library pursues this mission through acquiring, organizing, and maintaining the requisite information resources, equipment, and materials in various formats; by providing production of audiovisual materials; and by creating an environment conducive to learning. Additionally, the library makes its resources and services available to visiting researchers and Bethlehem University graduates. The library serves as a vital component of the educational mission of the University.

Bethlehem University Library, dedicated in April 1978, has a stack capacity of 100,000 volumes. The library features an open stack and uses the Library of Congress Classification system.

Library Opening Hours

The library is open on class days from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. It is closed on university holidays.

Library Floor Plan

Garden Floor

  • technology support unit
  • equipment lending
  • journal services
  • compactus
  • disability resources
  • garden courtyard




Ground Floor

  • library director’s Office
  • circulation services
  • Information
  • references
  • printing station
  • discussion rooms 1 - 3


circulating books: R28.3 - ZA 4480



First Floor

  • arabic technical services
  • turathuna center (special collections for palestiniana)
  • information
  • printing station
  • discussion rooms 4-7


circulating books: AC 1 - PR5442

Second Floor

  • english technical services
  • information
  • printing station
  • discussion rooms 8 - 11
  • café-library


circulating books: PR 5480 - QR981

circulating books: foreign languages

Third Floor

  • archival services
  • digital services




Loan Procedures and Policies

Bethlehem University Library grants borrowing privileges to all faculty, staff, and registered students.

To borrow a book:

Present a valid university ID card with the books to the circulation librarian.

Reference books, periodicals, AV materials, and some Palestiniana books do not circulate.

Loan period: Three weeks

Subject to renewal if the same material is not requested by another user.

Normally, five books plus one reserve book are allowed at a time; exceptional cases must be referred to the Director.

Seminar students are allowed to borrow 7 books at a time.


The process by which books in circulation are held for the next user. Notification will be given as soon as the material is available.

Overdue Books

A fine will be imposed on all those who keep books and other reading materials past the date due.

Suspension of library privileges will be imposed on all those who repeatedly keep books and other materials past the date due.

Lost books

Library books permanently lost are assessed replacement charges as follows: a fine, price of book, and binding, if applicable.


An automatic security system in place; be sure that all materials are properly checked out before passing through the exit.


Library Materials


Include circulating and reference books.

Reference Books

This includes general and subject reference books, i.e., encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, etc.

REF. printed on top of a call number of the book indicates that the material is reference work.

Online Catalog - Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC)

The card catalog is now computerized. Students can look for a book by using Keywords: title, author, subject, or other access points.

Journal/Periodical Room (Garden Floor)

Current issues on the racks are arranged by title; back issues are kept in special boxes. Bound volumes are located on the second floor. 

Turathuna Center - Special Collection – Palestiniana Division

Turathuna Center - The Special Collection - Palestiniana Division was established to house various forms of materials on Palestine and other special topics.

Only circulating books may be borrowed from this Division but not reference and other special materials.

Library Services

Reference Service

The Reference Librarian is always available at the Reference Service Desk on the first floor to assist students in finding books and other materials for their research and study.

Never hesitate to ask help from the Reference Librarian.

Reserve Shelf

This section is located behind the Circulation Desk. It contains copies of recommended books and reports for short-term loan. Reserve books may be used in the library upon deposit of library card and may be borrowed overnight after 2:30 p.m. until 9:00 a.m. the following day.

Reserve books are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. A fine for overdue reserve materials will be imposed.

For Your Information

Library Card

Your library card is your university ID card and is NOT TRANSFERABLE. Lending of this card subjects the owner to suspension of his/her library privileges.

Study atmosphere

A quiet study atmosphere should be maintained at all times in the reading rooms.


You are requested to keep the shelves organized while using them or looking for a book.

Food and Beverages

No food or beverages are allowed in the library.


Smoking is strictly forbidden within library premises.

Use of Cell Phones should be for study-related purposes only. Please do not use your phone for unnecessary chatting or viewing.


Off-campus users must obtain a visitor's pass in advance from the Dean of Students, Public Relations Office, or a Vice President and present it to a library staff member when entering the library.


Violations of regulations will be brought to the Student Affairs Committee which will recommend appropriate disciplinary action depending on the seriousness of the offense.

Never hesitate to ask the library staff for help at any time. 

Bethlehem University Foundation
Phone: +1-240-241-4381
Fax: +1-240-553-7691
Beltsville, MD USA
Bethlehem University in the Holy Land
Phone: +972-2-274-1241
Fax: +972-2-274-4440
Bethlehem, Palestine