The Library of the University of Alba Iulia has been operating since 1991, the year in which the university was founded. The library's publishing fund has gradually developed through book purchases, exchange of publications with various institutions and organizations and many donations.
Today it is a modern university library with a collection of more than 100 000 volumes (along with the Archdiocese Library), covering almost all areas of interest. The collection of periodicals is enriched each year by subscriptions to more than 50 titles, both in Romania and abroad, the rest of the publications being purchased according to the budget allocated. All purchases are made after consulting the teachers, representatives of the faculties. In recent years, the exchange of domestic and international publications has developed.
Since 2008, in order to facilitate access to specialized information and to meet the needs of documentation in various specialized fields, the university has ensured access to various electronic databases.
The library's services can benefit students, teachers, researchers, PhD students, master's students, as well as other categories of university or foreign staff.
Starting with the 2006-2007 academic year, the library operates in a modern furnished building that has a computerized system, the database can be consulted both in the internal network- on computers made available to users- OPACs and online and is organized on home loan services and reading rooms with free access to the shelf, in which readers have more than 100 seats. There is also a reading room for teachers and researchers. Reading rooms are equipped with security systems (video surveillance and card security system).
Access to library collections is based on the access CARD, according to the operating regulations.
Readers benefit from some services, for a fee:
- multiplication of library documents in reading rooms, in accordance with the provisions of copyright law;
- release of bibliographies, upon request;
- the selection and listing/copying on magnetic media (of the applicant) of the titles in the online catalogue.
The library space consists of:
- four reading rooms, with free access to the shelf, arranged on the first floor of the building;
- loan department, a reading room, processing service, on the ground floor;
- a multimedia hall at the attic of the library building;
- storage spaces in the basement.
Access ramps and sanitary facilities are provided for people with disabilities.
There is a multimedia room in the library in the attic, where there are 50 computers on which students have access to the internet. Here you can consult the electronic databases to which the university has subscriptions, courses in electronic format made available to students by the university's teaching staff, which can be obtained for a fee on magnetic media.