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10 Apr

Online Exhibit: Fields of Vision and Mediations: Cinema and Political Posters

In Collections by AUB Libraries / April 10, 2017 / 0 Comments

The AUB Libraries, Archives Department, is pleased to announce the launch of the online exhibit: Fields of Vision and Mediations: Cinema and Political Posters.

The exhibit was curated in support of a conference organized by the Media Studies Program, entitled “Rethinking Media Through the Middle East”, which took place at AUB between January 12-14, 2017 at West Hall- Mahmoud Malhas Common Room.

The exhibit showcases select items from the political and cinema poster collections held at AUB, Jafet Library, Archives Department. We chose to take these posters out of their drawers, and to breathe life into them again, showcasing the richness and complexity of the medium.

Many of the posters we currently hold in our Library collections were once plastered on the walls of some of the major Arab cities in the 70s, 80s, and 90s, from Damascus to Beirut, to Baghdad and Cairo: they then created a rich dialogue and a discourse across time and geographic locations, one which would become amplified, deepened or enriched across themes, events and disciplines, and which can, in many instances, still be guessed in the small traces they have sometimes left on the walls.

Until today, these posters, though for the major part remnants from the past, keep their fingers on the pulse of our complex current socio-political and cultural realities, and offer rich windows onto untold lively worlds! We hope you enjoy the exhibit!

Visit our other Library online exhibits at the following link.

23 Mar

Constantine Zurayk: Knowledge at the Service of Life

In Collections,News and Announcements,Projects by AUB Libraries / March 23, 2017 / 0 Comments

The AUB Libraries, Archives Department, is pleased to announce the launch of the online exhibit: “Constantine Zurayk: Knowledge at the Service of Life“. The exhibit was curated on the 150th anniversary of AUB in conjunction with a seminar, entitled “Seminar in Remembrance of Constantine Zurayk”, which took place at AUB on October 31st, 2016. It showcases select items from the archive of Dr. Zurayk (1909- 2000), which was generously donated to the AUB Libraries, Archives Department, by Dr. Zurayk’s family. The documents, photos and letters on display here provide a glimpse onto the multi-faceted personality and rich life that Dr. Zurayk led, as well as onto some aspects of the socio-cultural and political context of a formative period in Arab modern history. The exhibit also contains excerpts from oral history interviews with Dr. Zurayk, as well as a link to the introduction of the Seminar.

We hope you enjoy!

Visit our other online exhibits at the following link.

AUB Libraries

09 Mar

Upcoming Exhibit: Fields of Vision and Mediation: Arab Cinema and Political posters

In Collections,Events by AUB Libraries / March 9, 2017 / 0 Comments

The AUB University Libraries and the Arab Council for the Social Sciences invite you to an exhibit entitled: “Fields of Vision and Mediation: Arab Cinema and Political posters”, curated by the Archives and Special Collections Department, Jafet Library.

The exhibit, which will showcase a number of political and cinema posters is presented  in support of a conference organized by the Arab Council for the Social Sciences third conference,  entitled: “State, Sovereignty and Social Space in the Arab Region: Emerging Historical and Theoretical Approaches”

Exhibit Dates: March 10-12, 2017

Time: 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Place: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hamra, Beirut

For more information about the exhibit, contact the Archives and Special Collections Department by email: or on extensions 2609/10.

07 Mar

AUB Libraries Arabic Books Online: The Arabic Collections Online Project

In Collections,News and Announcements,Projects by AUB Libraries / March 7, 2017 / 0 Comments

In 2014, the American University of Beirut (AUB) Libraries joined the Arabic Collections Online (ACO) project to digitize and make freely accessible worldwide over 15,000 pre-1956 Arabic books.

The project, funded by New York University Abu Dhabi, has just made accessible more than 200 digitized books from the AUB Libraries’ collection: These 200 items are the first out of 6,000 books to be digitized and shared by the AUB Libraries within the next two years. For more about AUB’s role in this project, please see this article:

Other contributing members include the libraries of New York University, Princeton, Cornell, Columbia, and the American University in Cairo. The ACO digital library currently provides online access to 5,675 volumes across 3,779 subjects. You can read more about the project here: .

We invite you to check the ACO digital library regularly to view newly uploaded Arabic books from AUB Libraries and other partner institutions.

For more information about this project, please contact Elie Kahale, Head of Digital Initiatives and Imaging Department on ext. 2603, or by

15 Feb

Upcoming Event: Unpacking Sa’dallah Wannous’ Private Library at AUB

In Collections,Events,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / February 15, 2017 / 0 Comments

In celebration of the donation of the private library of the renowned Syrian playwright Sa’dallah Wannous to the American University of Beirut, you are cordially invited to

Unpacking Sa’dallah Wannous’ Private Library at AUB

When? Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Where? Issam Fares Institute – Auditorium

Organized by: The Department of English, the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages, the Theater Initiative, the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies, and the University Libraries

16 Jan

Library Databases Subscriptions, 2016

In Collections,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / January 16, 2017 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries is always on the lookout to subscribe to new and specialized databases in order to best support research and teaching at AUB.

In 2016, the UL has expanded its subscription to more databases, covering an array of subject areas and types of material.

We invite you to explore these databases and to enjoy the exclusive access you have to them.

Below is a listing of the databases we have subscribed to during 2016.

To learn more about a database, visit our List of Databases and read more under the “i” icon of each database or contact Jafet Library via email on or by phone on extensions 2620/1/9. 

  1. Taylor & Francis Medical Package
  2. Handbook of Oriental Studies
  3. Translated Texts from Historians
  4. ISS Directors data from WRDS
  5. Foreign Office Files for the M.E. 1971-1981
  6. ExuComp from WRDS
  7. Evidence Analysis Library
  8. Biomedical engineering Handbook
  9. Academy of Management Journals
  10. Church Missionary Society Periodicals
  11. Mideastwire  (Subscription took over from CAMES & CASAR)
  12. Building Types Online
  13. Psychiatry online
  14. Middle East & Islamic Studies Journal Collections
  15. Anthropological Literature
  16. Middle Eastern Manuscripts Online 3 (MEMO:3)
  17. Access Neurology Collection
  18. Access Obgyn Collection
  19. Case Files
  20. Taylor & Francis Medical Package
  21. Handbook of Oriental Studies
  22. Translated Texts from Historians
  23. Building Types Online
  24. Foreign relations of the United states
  25. Sage Videos
  26. Arabic Literature of Africa Online
  27. Coptic Gnostic Library Online
  28. Classic Arabic Texts Online
  29. TCRT2: Islam (Twentieth Century Religious Thought. Volume 2: Islam)
  30. Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman & Central Arabia
  31. Christian Muslim Relations 600-1900
  32. Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology (2nd edition)
  33. WBIZ Arab Islamic archives
  34. Comprehensive Organic Synthesis (2nd edition)
  35. Hormones, brain and behavior (3rd edition)
  36. Meyler’s side effects of drugs (16th edition)
  37. Treatise on geochemistry
  38. Current biography illustrated
  39. Encyclopedia of environmental health
  40. Oxford Classical Dictionary
  41. Open Editions Journals
  42. SPIE digital Library
  43. BECO
  44. Encyclopedia of Hebrew language and linguistics online
  45. Vocabulary for the study of religion online
  46. JSTOR Arts & Sciences XV
  47. MSCI GMI ratings CEO, companies, directorship
  48. MSCI ESG KLD stats
  49. DeGruyter Backfiles purchase of Journals + 3 years journals subscription agreement
  50. F1000
  51. International bibliography of art
  52. PsycTests
  53. History of Science Technology and medicine
  54. TLG Thesaurus Lingua Graecae
  55. SAE Academic Digital Content

Also, here is the list of e-book collections purchased by the UL during 2016:

  1. Royal Society of Chemistry e-books 2016
  2. Edward Elgar 2016 & all non-purchased years 2013 and before along with Law pkg.
  3. Wiley e-books (610) + MRW + 4 book series
  4. Geoscience World 1926-2015
  5. Middle East e-books from Taylor & Francis from Early 20th century -2018
  6. Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library
  7. MIT press e-books Library in IEEE Explore
  8. World scientific -2018
  9. Cambridge companions
  10. Cambridge humanities, social sciences and STM e-books collections 2016 only
  11. Duke University Press till 2016
  12. Sage Knowledge 2015 & 2016
  13. DeGruyter -2018
  14. DeGruyter University Presses partners till 2016
  15. Biblical studies from Brill
  16. Early English books
  17. Early European Books Collection
  18. Oxford Scholarly editions online 1485-1901
  19. University Press Scholarship Online (Oxford)
  20. Oxford Handbooks Online
  21. Open Editions e-books till 2016
  22. Brill e-books collection
  23. Taylor and Francis e-books 1887-2016
  24. Routledge handbooks online 2014-2016
  25. Wiley IEEE 2015 & 2016
  26. Elsevier e-books
  27. ACS Symposium series front file
  28. American Mathematical Society e-books
  29. Karger e-books 2015-2017
  30. Safari business books ( 5 years subscription)
20 Dec

UL Opening Hours-Dec 23, 2016 till Jan 23, 2017

In Collections,Events by AUB Libraries / December 20, 2016 / 0 Comments

Kindly find below the AUB Libraries schedule from Friday, December 23, 2016 till Monday, January 23, 2017:

Jafet Library

  • From December 23 to January 1: open every day from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm and CLOSED on Sundays (December 25 and January 1)
  • From January 2 to January 23: Monday – Thursday: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm and Friday – Sunday: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, January 24 on: resume regular hours


  • Friday, December 23 – Monday, December 26: CLOSED
  • Tuesday, December 27 – Thursday, December 29: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Friday, December 30 – Sunday, January 1: CLOSED
  • Monday, January 2 – Thursday, January 5: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Friday, January 6 – Sunday, January 8: CLOSED
  • Monday, January 9 – Monday, January 23: 8 am – 5 pm and CLOSED on Saturdays and Sundays
  • Tuesday, January 24 on: resume regular hours

Saab Medical Library (SML)

  • December 23: 12 noon – 12 midnight
  • December 24: 8:00am. – 8:00pm.
  • December 25: closed
  • December 26: 12 noon – 12 midnight
  • December 27: 7:00am. – 12 midnight
  • December 28: 7:00am. – 12 midnight
  • December 29: 7:00am. – 12 midnight
  • December 30: 12 noon – 12 midnight
  • December 31: 8:00am. – 5:00pm.
  • January 1st: closed
  • January 2nd and on: resume regular hours
07 Dec

Library exhibition sheds light on AUB’s role during World Wars

In Collections,Events by AUB Libraries / December 7, 2016 / 0 Comments

This article was published on the AUB website’s News Section on December 6th, 2016: 

Established in 1866, the American University of Beirut (AUB) stood firm, surviving many wars, including World War I and World War II. The Archives and Special Collections department at the Jafet Library organized an exhibit recounting the story of how AUB survived the tough days of WWI and WWII. The exhibit in Malhas Common Room, West Hall, features photos, documents, letters, diaries, posters, pamphlets, and oral history interviews from its archival collections.

Dr. Kaoukab Chebaro, Associate University Librarian for Archives and Special Collections, explained to us that the purpose of the exhibit is to highlight the difficult times through which AUB survived, for the tough times tell you a lot about the identity of the University.

“During WWI, AUB played a vital role of resilience through its medical center, by rationing sustainability and offering the citizens medical care and food,” she said. “After WWI, AUB made the transition from being a college to becoming a university; it witnessed a change of name from Syrian Protestant College to American University of Beirut, and became a full-blown liberal arts model.”

During WWII, Chebaro insists the role AUB played was societal and diplomatic. After WWII, AUB had a regional impact influencing the rise of Arab nationalism. Although Lebanon was not as badly affected by the war in comparison to WWI when one third of the population died, WWII was what Chebaro calls “a push and pull” politically.

“During those times Lebanon gained its independence, and many students were granted medals by the state of Lebanon for avidly participating in the protests against the French,” she said, “AUB graduates of those times had key ideas that shaped that century, and that’s due to the Liberal Arts program they followed during their years as students; in the 1945 San Francisco Conference leading to the declaration of the UN, AUB had the biggest proportion of graduates attending the conference, charted as representatives of their states.”

Amazing collection

Mrs Samar Mikati, Librarian at the archives and Special Collections, told us about the richness of the documents they found as they were bringing together this exhibition.

“It was hard to choose the material to uncover, however, we know that there are some areas that weren’t properly covered in the exhibit, we lack documents about the 40s and the 50s,” she said.

Chebaro and Mikati proceeded to thank the dedicated team that worked tirelessly to put the exhibition together, with a special thank you to graduate student Nichola Larkins who devotedly participated in the background research and played a solid role in the execution of the exhibit.

The exhibit was launched in a ceremony attended by President Fadlo R. Khuri, former President Peter Dorman and a number of staff, faculty, and visitors, on December 5. Dr. Lokman Meho, Director of University Libraries, opened the ceremony with a speech thanking the staff for putting this exhibit together and emphasizing on the fact that this only a small part of what the collection found at the archives.

“Visit us in Jafet, you will be amazed with the amount of material that we can provide you with for your research,” said Meho.

President Khuri highlighted the role AUB played during the wars, often as the safest place in the city. According to him, the leadership of AUB was able to rise as hero during those difficult times. He believes the exhibition to be very significant at the end of this celebratory year.

“We are getting close to closing the celebrations, and two days exactly from the 150th anniversary it is fitting that the archives and special collections at Jafet libraries should treat us to this magnificent exhibition where the focus is on some of the most impactful moments of this university’s history,” he said.

Dr. Abdelrahim Abu Husayn, Professor of History at the Department of History and Archaeology, then took the podium to further emphasize on the role of the University during the wars, especially World War I when it provided citizens with medical relief. Abu Husayn also spoke about the importance of documenting history.

“There is always another side to history that it not properly told or is not properly documented. I issue a call to donate whatever material individuals have on WWII and the Lebanese Civil War to Jafet,” said Abu Husayn, “Jafet Library will not only organize it and preserve it, but it will also make it available to the public.”

The exhibit will be running until the December 9. For more online exhibits follow this link

07 Nov

The University Libraries host a book discussion about Linda Jacobs’ book, telling the story of the Syrian colony of New York City between 1880 and 1900

In Collections,Events by AUB Libraries / November 7, 2016 / 0 Comments

More than 50 AUB community members, local authors and book lovers, as well as friends gathered on the afternoon of Friday, November 4th at Jafet library’s lobby to discuss Dr. Linda K. Jacobs’ book entitled “Strangers in the West: The Syrian Colony of New York City, 1880-1900”.

The book traces the beginnings of the Syrian immigration and settlement in New York City, namely, around Washington Square on the lower west side of Manhattan and is thoroughly and expansively researched, based on a variety of sources including local newspapers, church records, city directories, private archives and photo collections and other documents to conceptualize the emergence and development of this distinctive community.

   The book discussion was moderated by Dr. Anaheed Al-Hardan, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies at AUB. Al-Hardan commenced the event by welcoming everyone to the AUB Libraries and to the event, letting them know about the book signing at the end of the discussion, and about the exhibit that the library put together in parallel to this event. She then presented Jacobs, talking about her educational and professional background and highlighting the importance of the topic, book and discussion.

After the welcoming word, Jacobs took the stage and told the story of the Arbeely family, which tells how the “first Syrian immigrant family” constructed an Arab and American identity by deliberately displaying both Eastern and Western faces. She gave a brief biography for each member of the family and spoke about their education and successes and about how they reflected on the Arab cultural and social qualities, even with things like their wardrobe, dancing, sword fights, prayers, or “arguilehs”. At the end of the presentation, Jacobs and the audience were happy to know that there were Arbeely family members present among the attendees during the event.

Unfolding the journey of writing this book, which began by putting the idea into perspective and then gathering all the information and challenging herself to put everything down on paper, Jacobs said that what triggered the whole process was her curiosity to know more about her grandparents and about their history.

Describing her book, Jacobs said that it is the “first and only book of its kind” telling the story of the Manhattan Arab colony “as it was, without racism”.

The audience’s participation was insightful and thought-provoking. Several attendees addressed Jacobs asking her about her book and her presentation, in addition to other areas of research related to Arab immigrants.

Asked about why the University Libraries chose to host this event, Dr. Lokman Meho, Director of the University Libraries said “The library attempts to always play a key role in the AUB community’s cultural and intellectual advancement. After all, the Library is the intellectual hub of the University. We couldn’t be happier to host this event and to welcome Dr. Jacobs at the libraries. “

The book discussion was followed by a book signing event, managed by Librairie Antoine, where event attendees received signed versions of their new copies of “Strangers in the West”.

An exhibit on Arab Immigration to America accompanied the event and will hold at Jafet Library-AUB until November 11th, showcasing photos, books, and content from the Arab press in America, all covering the Arab immigration to America. All exhibited material is from the AUB Libraries’ collections.

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02 Nov

Exhibit: ”Arab Immigration to America”

In Collections,Events by AUB Libraries / November 2, 2016 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries are holding an exhibit  entitled: ”Arab Immigration to America

The exhibit includes photos, books, and content from the Arab press in America.

Where? Jafet Lobby-Exhibitions Area

When? November 4th till November 11th – All day

We invite you all to visit the exhibit and enjoy the University Libraries’ collections about this topic to learn more about the Arab immigration and to celebrate their successes abroad.

NOTE: This event is taking place in tandem with Dr. Linda K. Jacobs’ “Strangers in the West” book discussion hosted by the libraries on Friday, November 4th at 4:00 pm