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On this page, you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the Arabic Union Catalog.
What is the membership fee for individual libraries in the Arabic Union Catalog?
Accordingly, the Arabic Union Catalog has established a pricing policy specific to the Gulf Arab region and a pricing policy for the rest of the Arab world. As a result, the prices will be adjusted according to the financial capabilities of the library.
What is the size of the catalog database? What types of information resources are stored in the catalog database?
Over 3,400,000 bibliographic records are included in the catalog. A wide variety of information resources are available in the database, including books, periodicals, theses, maps, microfilms, electronic resources, audiovisual materials, analytical works, Arabic manuscripts, drawings, and sheet music.
Does the catalog include training programs?
Yes, a comprehensive training program is available on the following link:
Is there a regular meeting held by the catalog?
The catalog holds an annual meeting for its members to communicate directly and share their experiences and expertise. The latest catalog developments are also presented during the meeting, and some outstanding members are recognized.
Are the catalog's records included in another global catalog?
Yes, the catalog and the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) have partnered to make some Arabic records available through OCLC WorldCat, a global library catalog
Does the catalog allow for partnerships with a variety of organizations?
Yes, the catalog has partnership opportunities, depending on the specific steps and procedures involved.
What is the process for registering for a training course in the catalog?
A training program for the catalog is announced and published on the website each year. You just need to access it, select your course(s) of interest, and we will contact you separately to complete your registration.
Does the catalog provide the full text of information resources?
Certainly, the catalog provides full-text access to the information resources of the Arab Digital Library.
Does the catalog database only include Arabic-language entries?
Most of the catalog database consists of Arabic records, with some available in other languages
Does the catalog support information specialists' education?
Yes, the catalog provides unrestricted support for the education of information and library specialists. Free membership is available to libraries and information departments with unlimited user licenses.
Does the catalog offer individual memberships?
Individual memberships are available to anyone, including students, researchers, and specialists. As part of its mission, the Arabic Union Catalog Academy offers comprehensive training programs yearly to qualify library and information professionals. Through this membership, students can master technical processing courses. Graduates can increase their chances of obtaining prestigious employment through this program, while professionals can advance their careers.
What is limited membership?
Membership for libraries that want to be in the index society but do not have a balance in the Arabic language, where they enjoy all the privileges of the members for training and lectures and attend events and meetings to which the index joins all this in exchange for an annual symbolic.
Do you offer any additional services?
Members can request an array of advanced technical services for extra fees not included in membership and available at significant discounts for members.
What are the essential services?
This refers to the entire range of services the catalog offers its member libraries.
Is it possible to request an additional user license if necessary?
Yes, you may request an additional user license based on the needs of your work. Costs are as follows:
- For the Gulf countries, the individual extra license costs 660 USD.
- For the rest of the Arab countries, the individual extra license costs 400 USD.
Is the Arabic Union Catalog a for-profit organization?
Arab Union Catalog is a cooperative non-profit organization, and all revenues are invested in developing its services.
What is the membership fee for libraries' associations in the Arabic Union Catalog?
A thorough assessment and evaluation of each case determine the fee for each library association.
In terms of pricing, how does the AUC membership work?
Library membership pricing is determined by the library's size and contribution capabilities, and the catalog divides libraries into categories (Small, medium, large, and major libraries.)
Accordingly, the library's contribution depends on the size and financial capability of the library.
How does the catalog categorize its memberships?
Members may choose from various membership categories
Full Membership: Pricing depends on library size.
Individual Membership: This membership type is available to anyone, including students, researchers, and specialists. As part of its mission, the Arabic Union Catalog Academy offers comprehensive training programs yearly to qualify library and information professionals. Through this membership, students can master technical processing courses. Graduates can increase their chances of obtaining prestigious employment through this program, while professionals can advance their careers.
Authors Membership: As an encouragement to publish Arabic digital intellectual production, this membership is free for authors with intellectual digital output.
Faculty of Information and Library Science Membership: This membership is free to support Arab specialists in libraries and information field.
What is the nature of the authority work in the Arabic Union Catalog? Is special attention paid to the community and the Arab-Islamic culture?
All authority entries in the Arabic Union Catalog are processed according to the latest international standards and rules. A comprehensive plan has also been developed to complete its authority files and provide entirely constructed authority records. This will consider the specificity of Arab and Islamic cultures.
How does Naseej Company relate to the Arabic Union Catalog?
As a King Abdul-Aziz Public Library partner, Naseej Company has implemented the Arabic Union Catalog. Therefore, every action is carried out in the catalog's best interests and with its full knowledge.
What is the best way to contact the AUC?
The catalog provides several communication channels:
For general inquiries about the catalog and its services: [email protected]
For inquiries regarding catalog membership: [email protected]
For inquiries regarding catalog events: [email protected]
Member Services Administration:
0020235712065 or 00966114770477
Extensions: 2534, 2537, or 2540
Arabic Union Catalog Center:
Arabic Union Catalog Center
King Abdulaziz Public Library, Khurais Branch, 2nd Floor, King Abdullah District,
Khurais Road, opposite the Ministry of National Guard, next to King Abdullah Foundation for Housing Dedicated to His Parents
P.O. Box 86486, Riyadh 11622
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
What is the countries’ portal available on the catalog portal?
There are twelve portals on the catalog's website, covering all the member libraries. In addition to serving as a national catalog, the countries' portal also provides bibliographic data for information resources belonging to all member institutions in the country.
Are there any special publications in the catalog that cover news or technical updates?
A journal entitled "al-Tasjila," published by the catalog, disseminates all news and updates about the catalog and publishes technical articles.
Are modern publications prioritized in the catalog?
The catalog is responsible for processing information resources as they become available. As part of its database, it contains bibliographic information for a wide range of information resources published during the current year. By providing bibliographic records for recently acquired information resources, the catalog aims to expedite their availability.
How does the Arabic Union Catalog work?
In the Arab world, the Arabic Union Catalog (AUC) represents the most significant cooperative effort among knowledge and cultural institutions. It was launched with a clear vision to develop practices and standards for describing Arabic knowledge. As a result, it has successfully developed technical processing practices for Arabic information resources. Using international standards, the AUC has established a standardized information database.
Consequently, resources will be shared, costs will be reduced, and a unified set of standards and rules for cataloging and classification will be achieved. As a result, Arabic culture is promoted, and information is exchanged.
What are the Arabic Union Catalog Goals?
Using its innovative and creative range of services, the Arabic Union Catalog (AUC) aims to assist Arab libraries in repositioning themselves within the knowledge society, thus ensuring their status as the primary source of knowledge by meeting the challenges that the knowledge society presents.
Which entities can benefit from the Arabic Union Catalog (AUC)?
All Arab and non-Arab libraries and cultural institutions, including archives, information centers, and university library science education departments.
What is the purpose of paying membership dues?
The Arabic Union Catalog (AUC) is a cooperative project, and the membership fee paid by members contributes to the catalog’s operation and development expenses.
How do the members contribute to the development of the AUC?
Members of the Arabic Union Catalog (AUC) are the primary source of suggestions for improving the Catalog's services.
What is the catalog's mission?
In collaboration with its members, the Arabic Union Catalog (AUC) strives to provide knowledge services that enable members to make innovative and value-added contributions to society, maximizing their contribution to culture and intellectual development through the use of an effective and flexible collaborative system.