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Faculty Guide for Library Services

Borrowing Options for Faculty

  • GU-Q Library: Borrow unlimited number of items for one (1) year.
  • Main Campus: Request items through the catalog, and they will arrive within 7-10 days.
  • UCL Collection: Borrow unlimited number of items for up to eight (8) weeks.
  • Qatar National Library: Sign up for free membership and review their borrowing rules.
  • Other Qatar Libraries: Ask at our Service Desk how to access their resources.
  • ILLiad: Fill in the form to ask for articles or book chapters not available in GU-Q Library. It will usually take 48 hours to be sent to you.

How to renew

  • My Account: Log in and click on the "My Loans" link under your name.

Request a purchase from the library

Course Reserves:

  • Printed books & DVDs: You can select materials that students can borrow for 4 hours and use them in the library. Contact your librarian for more options or to send your list of items. Your students can find them behind the Service Desk.

Canvas Uploads:

  • Scanned part of printed book (.pdf): The library can scan a part of a printed book (up to 10% of the content or one chapter) which you can upload in Canvas. Please contact your librarian with a request.
  • Electronic resource (journal article, e-book etc): To add a link to library resources in Canvas, you will need to use a permalink. If you cannot locate it, contact your librarian for help.

Find Streaming Media using HoyaSearch

The GU-Q Library contains a large collection of streaming media you can use in your classes. In order to find online documentaries, films, and educational videos in HoyaSearch, follow the steps below:

To share the link to the video with your students, copy the permalink as shown below. To embed a video to your Canvas course pages, contact your Personal Librarian.


If you can't find the video you are looking for in the GUQ Library collection, you can suggest a purchase using the online form.

Adding Sharestream Media Content to Canvas

When streaming content is not available through HoyaSearch it is possible to use Georgetown University's streaming media service - Sharestream.

It's possible to stream content within a Canvas course. If content is available in Sharestream, a few steps must be taken to get the media added into Canvas.

Step 1: Enable ShareStream Media Manager Menu Option

Media Manager is primarily used as an interface for faculty to organize ShareStream media files. It can be used to copy media from one course to another and upload new media files too. Also, it can be used to playback media.

See the UIS guide on How to Add Sharestream to a Canvas Course Menu for additional details about completing step 1.

Step 2: Contact the Library about the Media you want added

The library provides support to help add media content to a Canvas course if the media content is available. Contact the library and provide details about the content needed for the course. The library will search for the content and provide feedback on its availability for streaming in Canvas.