Achievements Timeline


1984 - 1999 : The New Beginning


The Sultanah Bahiyah Library, Universiti Utara Malaysia had its genesis when the University was established in 1984 in the temporary campus located in Bandar Baru Darulaman. The main campus of the university which located in a remote area of Sintok, Kedah; 48 kilometers north of Alor Setar, the capital of Kedah and 10 kilometers east of Changlun, a small town on the North-South Highway; was under construction until 1990’s. It is set on 926 hectares of forest and former tin mining land interspersed with streams and small lakes.


In 1990, the library was among the pioneer departments to moved to the university campus which is located at Sintok, Kedah; 48 kilometers north of Alor Setar.


The library was officially opened by His Royal Highness Almarhum Al-Sultan Almu'Tasimu Billahi Muhibbuddin Tuanku Alhaj Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah, Sultan of Kedah on 21st September 1999. The library is named after the late, Her Royal Highness Almarhumah Tuanku Hajjah Bahiyah binti Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Sultanah of Kedah.

2000 - 2010 : The Growth

  • MS ISO 9002:1994 Certification
  • First Place Best Banner Procession of Maulidur Rasul 1421H
  • First Place Web Page Competition 46th Malaysian Independence Day
  • MS ISO 9001:2000 Certification
  • Third Place 5S Competition Inter Department UUM
  • Achieving the highest growth in Science Direct Usage Malaysia

Won the Vice Chancellor Quality Awards Division A Category


  • Special Jury Award Maulidur Rasul Procession 1426H
  • Third Place Web Page Design Competition 48th Malaysian Independence Day
  • Third Place 5S Practices Competition Division A Category
  • Third Place Ceria Merdeka Division A Category
  • First Place Ceria Merdeka Division A Category
  • Second Place 5S Practices Competition Division A Category
  • Fifth Place 5S Practices Competition Inter Department UUM
  • Winner of the Quality Practices and Innovation Evaluation (5S)
  • Consistent Winner 5S Practices Between Departments UUM
  • Organized a seminar entitled "Seminar Kebangsaan Teknologi Maklumat di Perpustakaan" national level from 3-5 August 2010 in Penang.

2011 - 2021: Achievement Consistency

  • Second Place of the Quality Practices and Innovation Evaluation (5S)
  • Fourth Place High Use Emerald Database Award Among World Universities
  • Second Place - Emerald Group Publishing High Usage Award 2013
  • Third Place - Emerald Group Publishing High Research Output in Malaysia 2013
  • Smarties Group of PSB UUM won the 5S/QE competition at the Mini Convention of ICC and Quality Environment Practice  (5s/QE), university level held in 24 February 2014.

  • UUM Achievement Award 2015/2015 - The Best Department category
  • Third placed in Quality Environment Practive 5S/QE award for 2016

  • 1st Place in Quality Environment Practice 5S/QE Award (Department A) 2020

  • 11th Place High Usage Award of Emerald  - Global (Worldwide)
  • 2nd Place Emerald High Usage   – Public Institution
  • 2nd  Place Emerald High Research Output -  Malaysia