The library and learning resource unit is the main academic support unit of the college. It provides its users access to information in pursuit of their learning and research for the benefit of individuals and the community.
The Library is located at the Ground Floor of the Administrative Building. It is open from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM on a regular semester with the flexibility to be extended until 11:00 PM upon students request especially when the final exam is approaching. Library service is also available during weekends upon student’s request.
The Library can accommodate 190 seaters at the same time with two discussion rooms, individual workspaces, silent study area, photocopying and printing facilities, networked PCs, e-Learning room and a high-speed Wi-Fi internet connection. The Library adopts an open access system that allows the users to browse and select books from the shelves for library and/or for home use.
GCET Library is a “hybrid library” that respects the tradition of printed books as a repository of culture and knowledge and responds to the changing needs of technology with an automated library information system in place. With the partnership and collaboration with the University of the West of England – Bristol, access to library resources are even better and easier. All GCET students are provided with an individual username and password to access the library e-resources covering more than a thousand e-books and with a wide range of e-journals and academic online video tutorials like lynda.com, IEEE Xplore, Ebscohost, Science Direct, Knovel to name just a few. To browse the lists of databases available to GCET Students and Academic Staff please visit this link.
GCET Library has a growing collection of 1,350 titles of printed books with 3,776 volumes, 268,129 e-books and 246 electronic databases both accessible via UWE Library Search and Masader Oman Virtual Science Library database.
GCET Library provides the following services:
- Ordering, cataloguing and circulating of learning materials. The materials to be ordered come from three main streams as explained below:
- All learning and teaching materials (essential and recommended) identified in the approved module descriptors.
- Learning and teaching materials recommended by staff and approved by the Library Committee. Faculty makes recommendations for books to be procured via the book recommendation form that can be downloaded from the college website under library.
- Materials recommended by the Librarians and approved by the Library Committee.
- Providing borrowing services to staff and students
- Circulation of Acquisitions List: The Librarians prepare and distribute acquisitions lists, which enumerate the new materials acquired by the library in a certain period within the semester via email/GCET Library website.
- Providing an Information Literacy Training Programme which is a hands-on workshop to students on the following topics:
- Citing Sources / Referencing,
- How to use GCET Library Online Catalogue,
- How to use UWE Library e-Resources in searching for e-books, e-journals.
- How to access and use UWE Blackboard to browse lecture presentation, past exams and video recordings.
- Providing a Library Orientation/Instruction programme to new students. It is designed to provide students with a good understanding of library core functions, facilities, resources and services. This service is given to all new students of the College during the induction day.
The Library collection is not just limited to books but also contains a growing collections of e-books, e-journals and are currently subscribed to a various educational magazine and local & international newspapers.
Access to UWE Learning Resources
GCET Students have full access to UWE library and learning resources. These include e-books, e-journals, Electronic Databases such as IEEE Xplore, Science Direct, Ebscohost, Springer link, Knovel, lynda.com, Blackboard lecture notes, lecture video recordings and past exam papers.
Access to the Library Online Catalogue
GCET Library uses the Dewey Decimal Classification Scheme (DDC) to arrange books and other library materials on the shelves so they can be easily retrieved. It also uses the Web-based Library Automation Service from Library World which is also used by thousands of libraries worldwide to provide access to the GCET Library collections anytime, anywhere. The Online Catalogue or commonly known as OPAC is accessible via the following link . Alternatively, GCET students and staff can download the Library World mobile apps, which is freely available for iOS and Android to browse GCET Library collections. The Library Online Catalogue can also be accessed via the GCET Website under library.
Library Code of Conduct
The Library has the right to maintain its facilities in a clean, pleasant and safe manner. Every individual students and staff has the right to use the library undisturbed. All library staff has the right to work without undue interference. All library users and staff should be free of any threat, invasion of property or gross indignity. To guarantee these rights for all, the following code of conduct apply to behavior on the premises of the library. The Library is an area of study, learning, silent, and quiet work. Therefore, users have to ensure that:
- Mobile phones are either switched off or turned to silent mode.
- All users of the Library are requested to keep good order in all areas.
- No person may interfere with, or use, Library items and equipment in a way which is not intended (for example, unplugging Library equipment).
- If asked, have their bags, cases or other receptacles inspected.
- No food or drink may be consumed in the Library.
- The Library is vacated at designated closing times, upon hearing alarm bells, or when asked by Library staff to do so.
- They look after their personal belongings brought into the Library, as the College does not accept responsibility for the loss of, or damage to, personal belongings.
- A user leaves the place of work in the Library in a tidy state, ready for the next user.
The Library has designated working areas for female and male students and staff. Students are requested to respect this assignment at all times.
Anyone violating these rules is first warned by the library staff at the time of the offense. If the conduct continues, the offender will be ordered to leave the premises. Library staff at their discretion will expel library users without a warning in situation of serious, threatening or willfully malicious behavior.
Is the GCET Library catalogue. It is an online database of all the resources held in the library and a gateway to library’s collection. You can search the Web-OPAC to locate library materials such as books in the library. It lists the number of the items, whether they are in the library or out on loan, and their call number. The GCET Library Catalogue is a Web-based meaning it is accessible anytime, anywhere.
Library Search of UWE Library is a single unified search box that helps you discover relevant information on any topic from the University of the West of England Libraries collections. It searches through all its collection of books, e-books, e-journals etc. Students, Faculty and Staff of GCET as Partner Institution are provided with individual username and password to download or read online any relevant information on their field of studies.
EBooks available for GCET undergraduate students and staff. There are more than 27,000 growing e-books titles available on this database. Access the database using your UWE Log in credentials. The e-book can be read on screen, or download. For assistance ask your GCET Librarian.EBSCO EBooks
EBooks available for GCET undergraduate students and staff. There are more than 4,000 growing e-books titles available on this database. Access the database using your UWE Log in credentials. The e-book can be read on screen, or download. For assistance ask your GCET Librarian.IEEE EBooks
EBooks available for GCET undergraduate students and staff. There are more than 4,000 growing e-books titles available on this database. Access the database using your UWE Log in credentials. The e-book can be read on screen, or download. For assistance ask your GCET Librarian.Knovel
EBooks available for GCET undergraduate students and staff. There are more than 3,000 growing e-books titles available on this database. Access the database using your UWE Log in credentials. The e-book can be read on screen, or download. For assistance ask your GCET Librarian.Masader EBooks
A growing e-books collection available for all GCET students for both English and Arabic. There are more than 172,880 growing e-books titles available on this database accessible within the college premises only. The e-book can be read on screen, or download. For assistance ask your GCET Librarian.VLEBooks
EBooks available for GCET undergraduate students and staff. There are more than 51,000 growing e-books titles available on this database. Access the database using your UWE Log in credentials. The e-book can be read on screen, or download. For assistance ask your GCET Librarian.
is a daily growing list of freely downloadable ebooks, documents and lecture notes found all over the internet. You can submit and promote your own ebooks, add comments on already posted books or just browse through the directory below and download anything you need.Free Engineering books
online engineering books available for free download. There are books covering wide areas of electrical and electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science, civil engineering, chemical and bioengineering, telecommunications, signal processing, etc. The books are mainly in PDF format for offline reading, some of them are online only HTML versions.Free Tech Books
free online computer science & engineering books & lecture notes, all of which are legally & freely available over the internet.Many Books.net
Browse through the most popular titles, recommendations, or recent reviews from our visitors. Perhaps you'll find something interesting in the special collections. There are more than 29,000 eBooks available for Kindle, Nook, iPad and most other eReaders, and they're all free!Planet Publish
provides 60+ free e-books in PDF format, mostly literature/classics.Project Gutenberg
the first and oldest producer of free electronic books. This site offers 20,000 free e-books.Literature/Story Book
free English graded readers ebooks collections from University of Florida Digital Collections mostly classic literature.
Masader will connect Oman’s academic community to some of the finest digital resources in the world, contributing to vital research activities across the Sultanate. Masader is the brand name of the Oman Virtual Science Library, which provides seamless and affordable access to a wealth of global research material. Membership of the Oman Research and Education Network (OMREN) makes Masader available to universities, technical colleges, and other Oman-based institutions engaged in education and scientific research. Material is drawn from the world’s great libraries, content aggregators, and publishers, with all resources accessible from a single entry point. More than just a means of collating electronic resources – from full-text materials to databases, media, and catalogues.
All students and researchers are welcome to use the resources of the GCET Library. Faculty, Staff and Students may borrow the materials for home or office use.
A valid GCET ID Card must be presented at the circulation counter/librarians table to borrow the materials.
Any loss or damage of books is the responsibility of the borrower. In the event of loss or mutilation of a book or other material, the borrower is responsible for reimbursing the full cost involved in the replacement of material. Borrowers must abide by the Library Circulation Policy even when they are away from GCET for vacation, research, or any other reason.
Faculty: 1semester loan
Students: 15 days loan
Materials can be renewed once for another 15days unless requested by another user. For renewal of library material, the borrower may visit the Library in person or send us an email through email@example.com to avoid overdue fines.
Returning of Material
Borrowed Library Materials may be returned on or before the due date to avoid overdue fines. An email notification will be sent to confirm the return from the Library/Librarian to the borrower’s email upon returning the Library Material.
Overdue Fines and Other Penalties
- For overdue books the following fines are imposed:
- Reference books: 0.020 baizas per day, per book excluding Weekends and Holidays.
The librarians prepare and distribute acquisitions lists, which enumerate the new materials acquired by the library in a certain period within the semester via email/GCET Library website.
Discussion room is one of the areas available in the library for students and staff that wanting to discuss or study in group for academic purpose only. For fair use discussion room session will last up to the minimum of 1 hour and maximum of 2 hours. Extension of hours is subject to availability. To use the discussion room students or staff must approach the librarian and fill out the discussion request form.
The GCET Library Internet Hub is a special component of the Library Reference and Information Service. The hub allows library customers to discover and explore the internet, digital resources and other applications intended for study and learning.
All the students enrolled in GCET are authorized to use the Internet Hub using their own individual username and password provided by the College upon enrollment/registration.
- Present GCET ID to the Librarian for proper assistance.
- For fair use, each user is allowed one (1) hour use of the computer. An increment of an additional one (1) hour is allowed if no other user is waiting.
The Following actions are not allowed and are subject to sanctions:
- Unauthorized installation of any software or data including display settings and desktop configuration.
- Modification of hardware and/or software or data including display settings and desktop configurations.
- Destruction of hardware.
- Hacking security measures.
- Any other action that may cause interruption of operations.
A user who violates the rules may be subject to disciplinary or other appropriate action including restrictions on the use of the Library Internet Hub
A hands-on workshop to students on the following topics: citing sources and referencing, plagiarism awareness, how to use the library online catalogue or OPAC and how to use library e-resources in searching for e-books and e-journals, how to access and use UWE Blackboard to browse lecture notes, past exam papers and video recordings, how to use UWE library e-resources in searching for e-books and e-journals. This workshop is open to all students which is conducted twice in every semester to enhance student’s information literacy skills.
This is one of the service provided by the library for students and staff. The service is intended to cater students and staff with photocopying, printing and scanning jobs related to his/her own field of studies. All students and staff provided with printing PIN to use the printing facilities of the library. The printing allocation for students is equivalent to 150 black and white copies per a regular semester. If the printing allocation is consumed, students are requested to top-up and pay R.O 1.000 at the finance office which is equivalent to 50 copies black and white printing. All printing allocations will be reset to zero on each semester. This is usually being done a few days before classes begin in each semester. Information Technology Services (ITS) at GCET has installed a printing-management system in the library.
The library workshop is one of the services provided by GCET Librarians as part of the information literacy training programme which is conducted once or twice in a semester for students and staff.
The Library reference service is one of the service provided by library and learning resource to all GCET students and staff that need assistance in using the online catalogue, electronic databases like Masader or any other databases from UWE library in particular and the use of library and learning resource in general.
Library Orientation/Instruction is the service offered to all new students and faculty members during the start of every semester in collaboration with each Department. It aims to provide students and faculty a good understanding of GCET Library core function, facilities, resources and services. This service will also impart knowledge to students and faculty members to know more about the library’s access to Online Catalog (Web OPAC) and the Partner Institution (UWE) Library e-resources remote access, like downloading or reading e-books online, as well as the use of learning system called Blackboard.
The GCET Library provides an unfiltered wireless Internet Hot Spot. This service is for library users with Wireless-capable devices, such as wireless-capable laptops and handheld computers. This service is intended to be available during normal operating hours of the library.
Wireless networks are not secure and use is at the individual’s own risk. Viruses, security and privacy protection are the responsibility of the user and are not provided by the library.
The library is not responsible for any damage to data files, alterations to file systems, or the functionality of the computer resulting from connecting to the wireless network.
The library is not responsible for damage, theft, loss of property, personal information, software or other personal property used in the library.
The Wi-Fi connection cannot be used for illegal purposes, nor shall it be used in any manner that violates library policies. Normal College rules apply.
The GCET Library provides information to support the academic and curricular needs of the students and faculty members through the following library guides and tutorials:
Computer Assisted Learning (CAL) describes an educational environment where a computer program, or an application as they are commonly known, is used to assist the user in learning a particular subject. Below are some of the computer assisted learning links provided to help you achieved your learning goals and objectives.
· (The University of Manchester)
Useful academic phrases and sentence structures to improve your writing. Includes examples for a variety of general language functions, such as being critical, compare and contrast, and describing trends.
IMPROVING YOUR ENGLISH
· IELTS Mentor
This website is completely dedicated to those who are willing to take part in the IELTS examination and expecting a high band score.
IETLS course, English course, online writing courses, online English speaking.
Allow students to take real past IELTS text exams paper online.
IELTS is the world's most popular language test for higher education and global migration. Improve your score on the test by watching these videos.
Prepare for your IELTS test by practicing with free sample questions
VIDEO TUTORIALS FOR SOFTWARE PRODUCTS AND IT TOPICS
All GCET Undergraduate students have access to Lynda.com's vast library of video tutorials. Lynda.com will help you learn software and design skills, including: Microsoft Office, Adobe products, , web design, programming, and much more.
The GCET staff and students may use the following form to request for new materials. They may download the form and fill in all the necessary details and submit the form to the Library or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Academic Year 2019-2020
Academic Year 2018-2019
Academic Year 2017-2018
- Foundation Studies
- Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering
- Mechanical and Vehicle Technology
- Software Engineering
Academic Year 2016-2017
- 1st Semester (Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering)
- 1st Semester (Mechanical and Vehicle Technology)
- 1st Semester (Software Engineering)
- 1st Semester (Foundation Studies)
Academic Year 2015-2016
Academic Year 2014-2015
Browse our e-Books collections from any individual databases below or access via the library search.
For any assistance email us at email@example.com
To contact the Librarian, call us at +968 2422 9722
The library and learning resource unit is located at the ground floor of administrative building.
Ask GCET Librarian, Live Chat available from 8:30 A.M - 8:00 P.M from Sunday to Thursday.
Mrs. Zahraa Hamed Al Kasbi
Mr. Mario A. Anud Jr.
Mrs. Maricel A. Angcay
Information Please – online almanac
Old Farmer’s Almanac – fun & practical information for everyday life including moon calendars, Weather predictions and more.
Infoplease Atlas – Click on an area of the map that you would like to see. There are also links to country profiles, flags, statistics, and more.
World Atlas – World Atlas is an educational resource for world maps, atlases, and in-depth geography information.
Cambridge Dictionaries Online – This site offers quick but comprehensive dictionary searches.
Information Please – offering millions of useful and interesting facts on a wide range of topics online, also include almanac and encyclopedia.
Miriam Webster Dictionary – online English dictionary and thesaurus.
The Free Dictionary – Free online dictionary search, offering English, medical, legal, and computer dictionaries as well as a thesaurus, encyclopedia, and literature reference library.
Webopedia – Dictionary on computing.
Computer User – Dictionary on computing.
Engineering Dictionary – Free encyclopedia by Babylon.
Techencyclopedia – definitions of computer & technology terms and concepts.
Chemistry & Environmental Dictionary – provide definitions for technical terms & acronyms.
Engineering Dictionary – provide definitions for technical terms & acronyms.
Alphadictionary – offers a wide variety of language materials intended to help its visitors learn and master anything they need to know about their native language or other languages.
Encyclopedia.com – provides more than 17,000 short articles from the concise Columbia Electronic encyclopedia.
Internet Encyclopedia – encyclopedia composed of information available on the Internet.
Encyclobeamia – Encyclopedia in Engineering.
Encyclodedia Smithsonian – The topics to search are listed alphabetically. Click on the topic to find information.
Reference.com – Free online encyclopedia and reference. Quickly research famous people, places, topics, and events from trusted sources.
DiracDelta – Small consultancy formed from a group of people with very different skills in engineering, physics and software engineering
Newspaper Online in Oman
Al Rroya (Muscat)
MiddleXpress [In English]
Muscat Daily [In English]
Oman News Agency [English available]
Oman Tribune (Muscat) [In English]
Times of Oman [In English]
TheWeek [In English]