Welcome to the CMU-Q Library

The CMU-Q Library’s services and resources support the academic and research programs at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. Access to a large collection of databases, ejournals and ebooks are provided both on-site and remotely.

The Library houses a physical collection of more than 10,000 print volumes in major disciplines of Biological Sciences, Business Administration, Computational Biology, Computer Science and Information Systems, as well as general education topics including math, physical sciences, economics and history. CAMEO is the Library’s online platform for locating resources, and is integrated with the holdings in Pittsburgh.

Materials can also be borrowed from other institutions in Education City.

Library staff members are on-site during all open hours, and can provide assistance in both researching and obtaining resources.

CMU-Q Library policies have been developed with your input to help everyone make the best use of our physical and digital resources.  Violations of Library policies may lead to expulsion from the Library facility, fines or worse.

  • Respect Library hours and Library staff.  Per the Carnegie Mellon Code, “students … are expected to meet the highest standards of personal, ethical and moral conduct possible.”
  • The Library is a quiet zone (unless you are in a group study room).  If you must talk about course- or project-related items, please do so in a whisper.  Personal conversations should be taken to the cafeteria, majlis or lounge – your voice carries across the Library louder and farther than you think.
  • The Shh! Room is available for silent study.  Please respect this space by refraining from all conversations in this room, and by keeping the door closed at all times.  The entire building is available for audible activities, except for a precious few silent spaces – please do not come into a silent space and corrupt it.
  • Group study rooms may be reserved via the Exchange Calendar and are available for active use only.
    • Select Calendar on http://exchange.qatar.cmu.edu.
    • Addresses are @ Qatar [1153] and @ Qatar [1155].
    • Maximum time per group: 2 hours.
    • Do not leave your stuff in group study rooms during class or breaks. Unattended items may be moved outside the room after 20 minutes.
    • Bookings that do not follow these guidelines are subject to cancellation by Library staff.
  • Individual study areas are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and are available for active use only.  That is, you may not “hold” a desk by leaving your stuff on it during class or breaks.  Unattended items may be moved outside the cubicle after 20 minutes.
  • If you are not using a Library PC/Mac, please choose a seat without a computer.  Priority must be given to students using the Library’s computers.  Take advantage of the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) stations if you need to plug in a personal device.
  • While all students are welcome to use the computers in the Business Resource Center (1160), priority must be given to students using the Bloomberg Professional and Eikon services. Also note that there is a Bloomberg/Eikon terminal in computer classroom 2035 for after-hours access to these services.
  • The Library is not responsible for lost items.  Left items will be moved outside the Library at closing.
  • While it is acceptable to bring snacks and covered drinks into the Library, refrain from eating full meals in the facility.  Please enjoy your lunch or dinner in the cafeteria, majlis or lounge.  Despite your best efforts, smells, crumbs, noise, etc. disturb others when you dine in the Library.
  • Help keep the Library a clean and safe place to work and study.  Clean up after yourself.
  • Defacement or destruction of furniture, printers, books, magazines, iPads, calculators, etc. is considered destruction of University property and all incidents of this nature will be reported to Security and Student Affairs.
  • Loan periods:
    • Books = 30 days (books on course reserve will vary)
    • Magazines = 7 days
    • DVDs = 7 days (DVDs on course reserve will vary)
    • iPads/Kindles = 7 days
    • Presentation clickers, wireless mice = 2 days
    • Calculators, adapters, converters, chargers, scissors = Same day return; staff will hold your CMU-Q ID at the desk
    • Headphones = In Library use only; staff will hold your CMU-Q ID at the desk
    • Textbook reserves = In Library use only; staff will hold your CMU-Q ID at the desk

The Library team is here to help you, please ask for assistance.

Also, these policies apply to everyone so do not hesitate to remind your fellow students of proper behavior.  Again, the Carnegie Mellon Code states that “… individuals are expected to uphold the standards of the community in addition to holding others accountable for said standards.”

Together, let’s make our Library the best space on campus to learn, research, study, collaborate, innovate and SUCCEED!

Faculty, staff and students at CMU-Q have access to the full range of research databases and electronic resources available to students at the Pittsburgh campus. Additionally, the Qatar community has access to a variety of extra resources purchased specifically for us in Qatar.

To access the databases available to all University users, visit Research databases.

To view the range of special resources available for CMU-Q users, visit our Qatar Library Guide.

The Library provides access to thousands of electronic magazines, journals and newspapers. Check out eJournals by title to see if your favorite publication is available.

CMU-Q users might be particularly interested in The Wall Street Journal, The Chronicle of Higher Education or Nature Journals Online.

PressReader.com provides the CMU-Q community access to daily newspapers from all over the world – check for favorites from your home country or town.

Print copies of local and international newspapers in English and Arabic, such as the Peninsula, can also be found in the Library, along with print copies of a selection of journals and magazines like National Geographic Traveler, Nature Biotechnology, Harvard Business Review, and Science.

All of the Library’s 10,000+ print books can be borrowed and taken out of the Library, and new titles are added every week.

The Qatar Library provides access to more than 2,900 titles (and growing) in eBook format via Kindle. Students, staff and faculty can borrow a Library Kindle device to access the full range of Kindle titles.

Thousands of eBooks are available through the Library’s various databases. The most direct way to access these is through a search on CAMEO: the Library’s catalog.

The Arabic Language collection includes several hundred titles of significance to Arabic language and cultural studies, including literature, history, biography and poetry. Click here for more information.

A significant collection of Arabic language eBooks is also available to our users through the Qatar National Library’s Al Manhal database.

Visitors to the Library will find special Careers and Test Prep collections with materials dedicated to career planning, job searching, interviewing and resume building, as well as getting into graduate school and practicing for graduate school entry exams such as the MCAT and GRE.

Visitors to the Library will notice that this collection features travel guides, inspirational works and travel writing to get you prepared for the next semester break.

The featured titles and new books collection near the front of the Library highlights popular, newsworthy, general interest and leisure items from our collection, from award-winning fiction to business blockbusters, and is constantly changing. Make sure to stop in regularly to see what’s new.

The Library has more than 1,000 DVDs in its media collection, ranging from documentary to feature film titles, available for all CMU-Q users to borrow. Browse the latest titles. Downloadable digital films and multimedia are currently available for faculty for classroom use; inquire for details.

CMU-Q users, by virtue of their residence in Qatar and membership in the Qatar Foundation Education City community, are able to access numerous collections from our partner institutions in the vicinity. These collections include:

Qatar National Library
Georgetown University Library
Virginia Commonwealth University Library
Weill Cornell University Library
Texas A&M University Library
Northwestern University Library

An increasing number of scholarly books and journals are becoming available to everyone, for free, via “open access.” While the CMU-Q Library does not provide access to such materials, they are of course available for use by faculty, staff and students, and the Library strives to make high quality sources of such material known and easily discoverable by our users. Examples of “open access” material include CMU’s Research Showcase, the free e-book provider Project Gutenberg, and the Directory of Open Access Journals. You can learn more about open access.

All Library staff are able to answer quick questions about how to access and search our catalog, how to find books on the shelves, how to use Library technology and equipment, and other general service questions. Just ask in person during all open Library hours or contact the main Information Desk.


Individual and small-group consultation is available for students engaged in course research projects on a drop-in basis during the hours of 8am-5pm, Sunday-Thursday. Students are also welcome to make an appointment with a librarian for research consultation. Appointments are typically 30 minutes. We can offer:

  • Guidance using the Library’s search systems and/or databases.
  • Recommendations for databases and resources suited to the topic.
  • Help with search techniques and strategies, including keyword development.
  • Assistance with citation software such as Zotero.

Contact a librarian for more information or to make an appointment.

Faculty and Staff

Individual and small-group consultation is available for faculty and staff on a drop-in basis during the hours of 8am-5pm, Sunday-Thursday. Faculty and staff are also welcome to make an appointment with a librarian for research consultation or instruction. We can also visit your department meetings to share information or instruction on request. We can help you to:

  • Develop and deliver a research instruction lesson/session to your students, in-class, or as a lunchtime workshop.
  • Receive an in-depth orientation or overview of our resources in your discipline.
  • Understand and navigate Library search systems.
  • Learn all the content and features of a specific database.
  • Discuss any research problems you have encountered.

Contact a librarian for more information or to make an appointment.

Assistance with research from a qualified librarian, including literature search and review, is available for faculty members on a space-available basis.

Sometimes, borrowing material from another of our nearby libraries is the best way to get you what you need. If you know of a book at another Education City library that you would like to borrow, let us know and we will arrange to borrow the book on your behalf – we will even have it delivered to the CMU-Q Library for you.

The Library orders and distributes print and electronic textbooks for the Qatar campus. Faculty can learn more about textbook selection and ordering from their academic departments or the Director of the Library.

Students bring a copy of their course schedule to collect their books from the “textbooks store” in the Library from 8am-4pm during the first few weeks of every semester.

Students may elect to opt out of receiving textbooks, and paying the textbook fee, for any given semester. Ask Library staff to complete an opt-out form.  The deadline to request an opt out is the 15th day of classes in fall and spring semesters, and the 10th day of classes for summer session.

Replacing lost textbooks will incur a fee on the student’s account.  Ask Library staff for assistance with replacement textbooks.

At least one spare copy of each textbook is kept on reserve at the Library’s Information Desk for quick access in a pinch. Ask Library staff for assistance finding the one you need. Reference copies of textbooks from past semesters are also kept for at least 18 months.

The Library provides access to two reservation-based, small-group study rooms. These rooms (1153 and 1155) may be reserved via the Exchange Calendar and are available for active use only. Both rooms are equipped with a large screen and laptop hookups, ideal for working on presentations.

  • Select Calendar on http://exchange.qatar.cmu.edu.
  • Addresses are @ Qatar [1153] and @ Qatar [1155].
  • Maximum time per group: 2 hours.
  • Do not leave your stuff in group study rooms during class or breaks. Unattended items may be moved outside the room after 20 minutes.
  • Bookings that do not follow these guidelines are subject to cancellation by Library staff.

Need some peace and quiet? Head to the Shh!Room in the back of the Library, where silence reigns.

In good weather, consider settling into a spot in our outdoor poetry garden. We have provided shade, comfy seating, extra lighting for when the sun goes down, and plenty of Wi-Fi.

The rest of the Library is filled with nooks and workspaces to accommodate 1-5 people at a time; find your favorite spot on a first-come, first-serve basis.

If you would like access to a book, article or journal that we do not already have, contact us so that we can acquire it. The best option for acquiring material depends on the details of your request – we may borrow it from another library in Education City; purchase a hard copy and have it shipped over; or purchase an electronic copy which can be downloaded to a University device. Get in touch with the main Information Desk, or your favorite Library staff person, for a quick consultation to determine the best route. 

Borrow an iPad, Kindle, presentation clicker, calculator, or headphones from the main Information Desk. Charge up at one of our mobile device-charging stations. Sit down and work at either a PC or Mac workstation, or connect your own Apple device to an oversize screen and keyboard for productivity.

The Library’s printer room offers self-service printing, scanning and photocopying. Printers are restricted to 20 papers per print job. Double-sided printing is available and extends the number of pages that can be printed at one time.

Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Doha, Education City
Ground Floor, Room 1156

Director | Teresa MacGregor
Office 1152 | 4454-8591

Reference & Instruction Librarian | Dr. Alicia Salaz
Office 1154 | 4454-8403

Library Associate, Acquisitions Coordinator | Evangeline Castillo

Library Associate, Facilities Coordinator | Shaima Sheriff

Library Associate, Administrative Coordinator | Fabeena Ummer

Library Associate, Textbooks Coordinator | Sindu Velsar