Al-Mahdi Institute : Education & Research

How to search our catalogue

The AMI library holdings are stored in a KOHA database. Membership is not required to search the library database. 

Click on the “Online Catalogue” tab from the library main page. 

Clicking on this tab will open a new window that looks like the one indicated below:

This is the simple search option. Type in a Book Title, Author’s name, Subject, ISBN or if you know the call number of the book you are searching for.
Advanced Search:
The advanced search option allows for specific keywords that you may be searching for in various titles across the library . You may also want to search for books in a specific language or a title that’s part of a collection or reference text. This can be seen below:
You can refine your search by clicking on any of the available options on the left hand side of the screen. Alternatively if the title you were searching for has been listed, clicking directly on the title will open up a new page where you can reserve this book or check if it is available to borrow. 
The information on the book selected will be displayed, the number of copies available on loan and where in the AMI library you can locate this book. To reserve this book or to borrow it, you will have to be a member of the AMI library. 
If you are experiencing any difficulties in browsing the catalogue, please click here to get in touch and one of our friendly library staff will happy to help!