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The Materials Library at VCUarts Qatar was established in 2010 as a creative resource that provides inspiration, knowledge, instruction, and consultation to the school’s community and the wider public. The only one of its kind in the Arab Gulf Region, the unique facility houses a circulating collection of thousands of diverse material samples from around the world, including catalogs, and printed literature. Visitors are encouraged to physically interact with and browse the curated collection in order to understand and experience the tactile properties of materials.
The Materials Library promotes material research, exploration, and experimentation to stimulate creativity and critical thinking in the art and design fields. It aims to expose students to a wide range of materials collected and curated for their respective disciplines in order to enhance their knowledge and literacy in materials, processes, and fabrication methods. In doing so, the Materials Library encourages its users to rethink common practices and explore alternative and unusual avenues in material applications.
The Materials Library curates and circulates a growing collection of thousands of material samples representing a broad range of materials categories, sourced worldwide. There is an ongoing effort and emphasis on sourcing materials locally, particularly those that can be used with other on-campus fabrication and print resources. The Materials Library endeavors to expand and develop its collection to reflect new trends, innovations, sustainable practices, and product ideas. There are three broad collection categories: individual material samples, Material ConneXion subscription, and printed literature.
In the traditional sense of a library, students and faculty can borrow, renew or request books and material samples from the Materials Library collection. Students and faculty from other universities within Education City may also check out material samples through the Interlibrary Loan system. Community members of VCUarts Qatar Libraries may borrow material samples using their Community Borrower card.
Length of Loan (Days)
Lost/Damaged Item Replacement Fee - unless otherwise stated by item type (USD)
Number of Renewals
Max Number of Loans
Borrowed materials must be returned by their due date. If material samples are overdue by more than the designated length of the loan, they will automatically be considered Missing/Lost and borrowing privileges will be suspended until the overdue items are returned.
Borrowed materials can not be returned altered, manipulated, or modified. Students and faculty are accountable for any replacement costs associated with lost or damaged items. The replacement fee represents the cost to re-purchase and re-process a replacement of the same material where applicable. For certain items, the fee may be increased according to value as determined by the Materials Library.
The Materials Library is located in Rm. 101 on the Ground Floor of VCUarts Qatar, adjacent to the Main Entrance of the building. Please ask Security for assistance if you have trouble finding the location.
The Materials Library is accessible on-site at the following times:
Summer, Fall, and Spring Semesters
Sunday - Thursday: 9 am - 5 pm
Closed Friday and Saturday and during national holidays and Eid
Tours, official or group visits (dignitaries, companies, schools, etc.), and consultations are by scheduled appointment in advance. Additional hours may be scheduled in advance by contacting the Materials Curator or Assistant Materials Curator for special appointments.
The Materials Library's primary source of funding is through the VCUarts Qatar operating budget. The Materials Library is committed to the effective stewardship of resources allocated for collections, resources, activities, and space.
The Materials Library facilitates the identification of materials for undergraduate and graduate coursework, thesis projects, and faculty research. Students or faculty who want to purchase materials for their projects or research may consult with the Materials Library Curators; however, procurement should be arranged through the respective department.
The world of materials is immeasurably vast and diverse. The Materials Library collection attempts to demonstrate and capture this vastness with a selection that varies in type, scale, and application.
Below are various formats that constitute the Materials Library collection:
Individual Materials Samples
Printed Literature/Materials (Books, Catalogs, Journals)
In order to maintain and preserve the relevance and value of the collection, the Materials Library team follows a collection analysis plan to regularly evaluate and assess its contents. This crucial aspect of collection management allows for the collection to grow and change to reflect the current or anticipated needs of its students and faculty. Systematic evaluation of the collection by means of use and user studies, circulation and reference data, and other methods ensures that the resource continues to be of maximum benefit to its users. Evaluation methods ensure that the collections are balanced and robust.
Acquisition refers to the process of determining which new materials to acquire, or maintain in the existing collection. De-selection is the removal of materials from the collection because they are outdated, in poor condition, and no longer serve instruction and research programs. If de-selected items are in good condition, they are donated to the students and faculty whenever possible. The following criteria guide the acquisition and de-selection of items in the Materials Library:
Selection Acquisition Criteria:
Materials Library staff are committed to making informed and timely resource selection decisions based on the curricular, academic, and research needs of VCUarts Qatar students and faculty. Below are some of the methods used to acquire items into the collection:
Conferences, Tradeshows, Design Weeks, etc
Workshops, Exhibition, Instruction
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