Site & its Components

SOUL Location and Contents
SOUL is located at the heart of the 6th of October City off-campus near Al-Hussary mosque. The library is surrounded by vast green areas, divided across three stories and spreads over an area of 9000 square meters. The building is designed to cater for the research and educational needs of the library patrons while maintaining functional beauty. It is air-conditioned, professionally enlightened, highly equipped, and well-furnished.
The library comprises the stories explained below:
I.          The Ground Floor
As a unique beacon of culture, heritage and literature, this floor is especially designed to welcome all library patrons with the art works of many influential figures in all disciplines locally, regionally and internationally. 
1.      The Reception
There are many artistic touches present at the reception; the first is embodied in two Roman oil paintings hung in the front and two panoramic miniature models of October 6 University (O6U) and the Culture and Science City. At the end of the reception, other two miniature models are placed; one for O6U green areas and faculties and another for the Culture and Science City with different scales. The reception hosts the civilizations hall which includes two miniature models expressing the beginning of the age of culture and science; one for the Rosetta Stone that is made out of glass fiber-reinforced polyester and another for the ancient Egyptian writer.
2.      The Depository
Library patrons are requested to leave their personal belongings in the depository until finishing their library work. A professional staff undertakes this function.
3.      The Hall of Civilizations
The hall is decorated with a number of outstanding oil paintings for Egyptian and national key figures and influential men of letters such as Naguib Mahfouz, Youssef Idris, Aisha Abd Al-Rahman (a.k.a. Bint Al-Shat'e), Ali Mubarak Suleiman, Edward Said, Tawfiq Al-Hakim, Taha Hussein, Ali Musharaffa, Ahmed Zewail, Farouk El-Baz, Muhammad Mutawalli Al-Sha'raawi, Abbas Al-Aqqad, Yahya Haqqi, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, Youssef El-Sebai and Refa’a Rafe’ Al-Tahtawy. One side is entirely covered with a mosaic mural for Naguib Mahfouz and the other has a similar one for Tawfiq Al-Hakim. Additionally, there are some antique reproductions and models for ancient Egypt.
4.      The Prominent Figures Halls (no. 1003 and 1004)
There are two halls in this area:
4.1   The first hall includes the personal belongings of Tawfiq Al-Hakim, a bust sculpted for his face, his desk, and his library which contains his works and the last handwritten novel that he did not live to finish.
4.2   The second hall comprises some of the personal belongings of the literary laureates Naguib Mahfouz, Youssef Idris and Abbas Al-Aqqad, their works, busts and other antique reproductions.
5.      The Information Desk
A group of talented and professional librarians and technical assistants guide patrons to find collections and help them overcoming any obstacle they may face.
6.      Conferences and Symposia Rooms (no. 1002 and 1005)
These are professionally and highly-equipped two rooms, especially designed to meet the technological needs of huge events and to host more than 100 guests each. The two rooms are connected with the reception via two plasma screens so that the library audience could witness the proceedings.
7.      The Exhibitions Room
SOUL organizes, sets up and hosts movable art exhibitions for painters, different institutions and the faculties; otherwise, the exhibitions room is used as vast reading area with a capacity of 100 readers. A translucent panorama separates between the library and the males’ hotel.
8.      The Science Exhibition (no. 1001)
This exhibition hosts the scientific projects of Engineering, IT and Information Systems and Applied Medical Sciences final year students. Furthermore, it has a large collection of theoretical studies that could be provided for individual and group use.
9.      The Permanent Publishers Corner
It hosts a variety of the publications, textbooks and references issued by distinguished publishing houses.
10. The Public Library (no. 1011)
As it provides staff members and students with finest library services, the public library is dedicated to provide the 6th of October city community with a variety of publications in all subject areas and collections that focus on each age bracket. The holdings of the public library are electronically registered.
The public library aims at:
·         Developing self-learning skills for young and adult learners in areas of interest.
·         Improving the skills leading to a better citizen who is keen on serving his/her community and home country and upgrading the level of his/her performance.
·         Facilitating access to general information so that the library users will take a greater interest in reading, thus improving themselves professionally and technically.
·         Spending quality time instead of spare time which boasts the social ties and the critical thinking abilities used in understanding and solving local and global issues.
The library is highly-equipped, well-furnished and professionally designed to absorb the internal and external borrowing, photocopying, and searching in the library OPAC. All publications are searchable and put on accessible books shelves.
11. The Curricula Library (no 1008)
This library contains over 3000 classified and indexed textbooks to serve the teaching staffs and students.
12.   The Security Desk
Professional and trained personnel are dedicated to maintain security and safety inside the library and to contain any emergency or unethical behavior.
II.            The First Floor
This floor comprises the following units:
1.       Information and Borrowing Desk
This desk is run by a professional staff that provides assistance to the patrons, guide them during INSIGNIA or digital research, register the items externally borrowed, as applicable and estimate the delay fines and prices of damaged or lost material.
Borrowing services are divided into the following categories:
·         Internal Borrowing: which is only permitted inside the library.
·         External Borrowing: Each of the following groups must not exceed the borrowing limits written below:

Members of Staff
O6U Administratives
Graduate Students
Assistant Lecturers and Teachings Assistants
Under-graduate Students
SOUL  Outside Members
The borrowing duration is two weeks (14 days). If there is more than one copy of the item borrowed, borrowing may be renewed once.

2.       The Reading Rooms
The library has vast reading areas that are properly furnished with comfortable chairs and tables with a 150 user capacity. The library is equipped with a number of PCs in which users can access individually or with the aid of a staff member.
3.       The Foreign Books Rooms:
·         The first room (no. 1103)includes around 3000 books in the fields of accounting, marketing, public relations and engineering. The books classification numbers start with 657 and ends with 699.
·         The second room (no. 1104) includes around 4000 books in the fields of engineering, agriculture, home economics and accounting.
·         The third room (no. 1105) includes around 7000 books in the fields of pure and applied sciences, pharmacy and medicine. The books classification l numbers start with 500 and ends with 617,655.
·         The fourth room (no. 1108) includes around 2000 references and 700 MA and PhD theses in all disciplines. The books call numbers start with 000 and ends with 999. 
External and internal borrowing and photocopying services are provided in the four rooms. External borrowing is not available in the fourth room.
4.       The Digital Library:
It includes three PC-equipped laboratories and are explained as follows:
·         The Internet lab (no. 1101) and workstations encompass around 1500 electronic material, 25 PCs, a printer, a screen and a projector that suits all transparent and dull material. This lab may be used for hosting wide scale events such as courses and workshops.
·         The Internet lab (no. 1102) comprises 36 PCs, a control PC and 2000 easy-to-reach indexed and classified CDs in all subject areas. Online search and download are available to all users as well as photocopying, printing and scanning services.
·         The databases library (no. 1113) comprises 24 PCs that provide access to a number of databases in all subject areas such as EBSCO and the Egyptian Universities Network (EUN). Additionally, around 2100 electronic material are available and accessible. Special areas are allocated for laptops and/or notebooks.
·         The students’ library (no. 1107) is dedicated to provide the students with the books they study, course-related material, and last exams in addition to having 7000 books that are available to everyone. Book authors who are members of staff must keep at least 5 copies in the library.
·         The acquisition room is an operation room that is basically designed to select, purchase books, periodicals and audio-visual material. A professional staff is assigned to prepare lists of the present hardcopy or electronic library holdings and the needed material based on the number of the members of staff, students and library patrons; in addition, it promotes bilateral exchange of publications and presenting gifts to peer institutions.
·         The technical processing room is composed of a group of professional personnel who are responsible for the classification and cataloging of books, according to the Anglo-American rules and DDC, entering information resources data for purposes of storing and retrieval in addition to call numbers and bar codes.
·         The IT room (no. 1112) is run by professional individuals who maintain and administer the library computers, upload programs and databases and follow-up the performance of the digital library.
·         The administration room (no. 1106) is the office of the library director who should be specialized in libraries and information sciences. He/she maintains the library bylaws and collections in cooperation with the library staff. All employees should work under the supervision of the Library director technically and administratively. 
III.            The Second Floor
It consists of the following units:
1.       The Information Desk
The Library staff members are responsible for guiding and assisting visitors in their information search. OPAC is also available to facilitate the search process.
2.       The Main reading Hall
The main reading hall spreads over a large area that accommodates more than 150 visitors. The room is finely-furnished with a number of tables and comfortable chairs. It comprises a number of computers to assist visitors during their search. OPAC work stations are accessible to library patrons who would like to use them personally or with the help the library staff members. In addition, a computer is placed at the entrance;it is specifically dedicated to introduce the library nuts and bolts to the patrons.
3.       Foreign Books Rooms comprise:
·        The First Room (no. 1203):This is dedicated to publications in theoretical subject areas.
It contains around 9000 registered books in the fields of generalities, business, philosophy, psychology, religions, social sciences, libraries, computers, media and languages. These items are accessible via  the Library OPAC with classification numbers from (000) to (499). Reading, borrowing, photocopying and electronic search services are available to all library patrons. The will furnished room is equipped with the latest technology. It is run and maintained by a professional staff in the field of library and information sciences.
·        The Second Room: The Arts Room (no. 1204)
The room contains 3000 foreign books in fine arts and decoration, shelved according to the classification numbers starting from (700) to (799). All collections are cataloged, classified, registered and easy to access bythe patrons personally or with aid of a staff member. The room is highly-furnishedand designed to ensure comfort of the visitors.
·        The Third Room: The Theoretical Sciences Room (no. 1205)
This room consists of 7000 foreign books in the field of tourism, languages, biographies, geography and history, shelved according to the classification numbers starting from (800) to (999).The room is highly-furnished and designed to ensure comfort of the visitors. A professional staff is in charge of the room and is available for guidance and assistance. Reading, borrowing and photocopying services are available.
4.       Arabic Books Rooms comprise:
·         The First Room: (no. 1212)
Non-O6U community patrons are welcome to the library as the O6U community. This room contains Arabic books in the fields of generalities, philosophy, psychology, religions, social sciences, languages, media, libraries, political sciences and economy. The books are shelved following their classification numbers starting from (000 - 499.99). Reading, OPAC search and borrowing services are available. The room is highly-furnished and designed to ensure comfort of the visitors. A professional Librarian is in charge of the room and is available for guidance and assistance.
·         The Second Room: The Pure and Applied Sciences Room(no. 1201)
It contains Arabic books in the field of pure and applied sciences, arts, literature, geography, history and biographies. The room serves all visitors from inside and outside the University. There are around 7200 books, all cataloged, electronically registered and classified from number (500) to (999). Reading, searching, borrowing, photocopying services are available. Non-O6U community patrons are welcome to the library as the O6U community. The room is highly-furnished and designed to ensure comfort of the visitors. A professional Librarian is in charge of the room and is available for guidance and assistance.
5.       The Audio-Visual Laboratories comprise:
·        The First lab: (no. 1202)
It contains 8 TV sets, 8 DVD Players, 15 computers, a projector, a data-show, audio players and headphones.There are more than 2000 different electronic items such as cassettes, videos and CDs to cover all subject areas. In addition, a movie archive wherein scientific seminars and conferences of O6U are located and accumulated. There is also live broadcast of some selected TV channels. The lab is in the process of enriching the library with educational, entertainment, cultural multi-media collections that are designed to meet the demands of all age brackets. Non-O6U community patrons are welcome to the library as the O6U community. Courses and workshops may be held in this lab.
·        The Second Lab: (no. 1207)
It contains 2 TV sets, 2 DVD players, audio players, headphones and 2 computers. All multi-media items are checked and tested in this lab before being displayed for the visitors.
6.       Multi-media Library
This library contains around 6000multi-disciplinary items that are downloaded on different formats such as CD-ROM, CDs, DVDs, video cassettes and cassettes. Such items include games, movies, series, encyclopedias and religious, scientific, historic, educational material that may be used in learning computers, languages or else. All items are registered on the Library OPAC.
7.       Periodicals Room (no.1208)
It hosts a collection of Foreign and Arabic periodicals which serve all subject areas and the demands of researchers. All periodicals are technically prepared and available for all kinds of visitors. Reading and photocopying services are provided. A highly trained and experienced staff is in charge of this room.
8.       The Photocopying Room
The library provides its users with photocopying, scanning and binding and packaging services according to the Copyright Laws, i.e. copying not more than 10% of the item, to facilitate learning and research needs. The photocopying room is located in the library and the service is provided by a private company that is located in the library. In case of violating the regulations and bylaws, the company assumes full responsibility.
9.       Internal Supervision Office
It aims at supervising the cleaning services and to assure the beauty of the building.
10.   The Administrative Supervisor Office (no. 1206)
This office is located in the library and it supervises the maintenance work of (lighting, air conditioners … etc...).
·        All library patrons have the right to read wherever in the well-furnished and highly equipped reading rooms while maintaining the condition of the library and abiding by its bylaws and regulations.