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Our Collection

Who can borrow?

You need a valid student, staff, or alumni ID card to borrow from the library.

Students, staff, faculty, and dependents of staff/faculty of CNA-Q may:

  • borrow an unlimited number of books (see below for loan periods)
  • borrow up to 2 DVD sets, up to 5 regular DVDs, 1 tablet (students only), 1 game, and 2 reserve items at a time
  • access any of our online resources from anywhere (on campus or off)
  • place a hold on a checked out item so it will be held at the library for the borrower to pick up

With an alumni card (obtained by joining the Alumni Association), former students of CNA-Q may:

  • borrow up to 5 books at a time (for 2 weeks with 1 renewal per item); DVD loans are not permitted
  • access most of the library's online resources from on campus
  • place a hold on a checked out item so it will be held at the library for the borrower to pick up

External users may:

  • view our collection on campus (please contact us to set up access)

Loan periods and renewals

Quick guide

General collection 2 weeks 1 renewal
DVDs (5 item limit) 1 week 1 renewal
DVD sets (2 item limit) 2 weeks (sets = TV series etc) 1 renewal
Old journal issues 2 weeks No renewals
Current journals 1 week No renewals
Newspapers In-library use only  
Course reserves Varies by request of the instructor  
Games 1 week  1 renewal
Tablets 24 hours  
Charging cables (USB) 24 hours  


Other rules

  • Confidentiality and registration information - A borrower’s intellectual freedom and right to privacy is recognized and honoured at all times, and all borrower information is confidential. A valid ID is required to borrow materials. The following information is required from each borrower in order to register with the library: full name, valid CNA-Q ID number, valid email address, mobile number, and home number (if applicable).
  • Course Reserves – At the request of an instructor and the discretion of the Librarian, an item may be placed on reserve and shelved behind the circulation desk. Borrowers may access a maximum of 2 reserve items at a time. The loan period for reserve items will be set by a librarian with the recommendation of the instructor.
  • Holds – Borrowers may place a hold on an item that is currently checked out. When the item is returned to the library, an email is sent to let the borrower know the item is now available and will be held for 5 working days.
  • In-Library Use Only / Non-circulating – Newspapers and reference material are not available for loan, but may be used within the library.
  • Lost or Damaged Items - All borrowers assume responsibility for lost or damaged library materials. When a library item is overdue by one week, the borrower is notified by email. Overdue notices will be sent every week up to three weeks. Borrowers will be billed for items that are not returned. Staff leaving Doha at the end of their contract are asked to have their library account cleared; if there is still an item checked out, they may return it, replace it with an exact copy, or pay its replacement cost. Graduating students also need to clear their account, failure to do so will result in a hold being placed on their student record and diploma.
  • Recall – All circulating items are subject to recall which is at the discretion of a librarian.  If the item is recalled the borrower will be contacted via email and asked to return the item before its due date.
  • Renewals – Renewals are allowed for certain formats only if no one else has requested the item.
  • Tablets – The Learning Commons and Main Library each have 3 Surface tablets that can be borrowed for 1 day and taken out of the library.  Tablets are available to students only.  A borrower must fill out a equipment borrowing form and present a valid CNA-Q ID card which will be left at the circulation desk until the borrower returns the tablet.