Vision and Mission

GUST's Library was established in 2002 to serve the University's faculty, staff, students, and alumni. On June 20, 2006, the Library was renamed the Abdullah Mubarak Al-Refai (A. M. Al-Refai) Library in honor of the late Dr. Abdullah Mubarak Al-Refai, President from 2003-2005.


The vision of the A. M. Al-Refai Library is to facilitate life-long learning and provide user-focused resources in support of :

  • Undergraduate & Graduate programs
  • Faculty research
  • Scholarly activity



The mission of the Library is to maintain and improve the quality of service to users and provide:

  • Access to information through print and electronic resources
  • Efficient response to academic, teaching and research needs
  • Major contribution to information literacy programs
  • Environment that fosters learning
  • Participation in University’s outcomes



The A. M. Al-Refai Library is guided by the following values:

  • Open Access
  • Service Excellence
  • Education and Life-long Learning
  • Growth and Innovation
  • Open Communication



The A. M. Al-Refai Library goals are to:

  • Provide an organized and readily accessible collection of information resources relevant to teaching, research, creative activities, and professional needs of the academic community
  • Provide sufficient space for study and use of information resources in an atmosphere that is conducive to study and research
  • Provide timely bibliographic and full-text access to Library resources
  • Provide effective instructional support for users to locate and retrieve information resources and services that develops skills for life-long learning
  • Foster a forward-thinking, dynamic Library organization that is flexible and responsive to user needs in achieving the University's mission and goals
  • Encourage and enable users to become life-long retrievers, evaluators, and users of information