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01 Nov

‘AUB Libraries: More than 600,000 books and publications, and 1.3 million e-books’

In Collections,Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / November 1, 2016 / 0 Comments

L’Orient Le Jour publishes a special feature on AUB Libraries and interviews Dr. Lokman Meho, University Libraries Director.

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28 Oct

Mr. Habib Nassib Hammam (BA ’66, MA ’69) continues to give to the AUB University Libraries

In Collections,Events by AUB Libraries / October 28, 2016 / 0 Comments

The Hammam family continues its legacy and continues to give to the AUB libraries, via a second consecutive donation during this year.

Dr. Lokman Meho, Director of the University Libraries, welcomed Mr. Habib Nassib Hammam (BA ’66, MA ’69), who on the morning of October 28th donated around 60 books to the University Libraries (UL), all from his personal collection. The event was held in Jafet Library and was attended by the office of development, represented by Mrs. Mariam Sabbah (Associate Director – Major Gifts), in addition to several University librarians and staff members.

The donated books are rare and very valuable, once belonging to the donor’s father, Dr. Nassib Hammam. Some have handwritten notes and are signed by prominent figures. They perfectly complement Hammam’s previous donations to the UL.

The topics of the books vary and include history of the middle east and the Arab world, medicine, poetry, social sciences and religion, in addition to various dictionaries and some academic books.

During the event, Hammam talked about his family’s “long relationship” with AUB and described AUB as his second home noting that as he travels more and more around the world, he realizes what a “big home” AUB is.

Hammam thanked the UL for giving him an “avenue to keep these material where they can do some good” adding that his donations will reserve the legacy of the Hammam family, for “if it were [his family] to leave a footprint, it would be here [at AUB]”.  Hammam implied that there are more collections and consequently more donations to come in the upcoming years as his journey with the family collection has only just began.

Dr. Meho, University Librarian, thanked Mr. Hammam for the “very valuable collection that will benefit students and researchers of the AUB community and of the region”, grateful for the trust bestowed upon the Libraries with this family treasure, and positive that the collection has found the right home.

Last August, Mr. Hammam made a previous valuable donation of material to the UL, consisting of historical photographs of AUB students’ life, as well as the English translation of the speech of Ahmed Djemal Pasha delivered to students of the Syrian Protestant College during his visit on January 29th, 1917. The donation also included documents and photographs of events by the AUB Alumni Association- North Lebanon Chapter- in the early 1960s. For more about the collection and about the family, read here:

(Photo Credit: Youssef R. Doughan)

25 Oct

Exhibit: “In Remembrance of Constantine Zurayk”

In Collections,Events by AUB Libraries / October 25, 2016 / 0 Comments

REMINDER: The Zurayk exhibit goes on until November 4th at the Mahmoud Malhas Common Room in West Hall between 9:00am and 5:00p.m.


The AUB Libraries is pleased to announce the receipt of the Constantine Zurayk Archive, a collection of papers, letters, documents, photos, etc. related to the late Dr. Constantine Zurayk, which was generously donated by his family. The massive and valuable Archive—some 19 feet– is a true testimony to Dr. Zurayk’s contribution to Arab societies, his sustained efforts at educational institutions building in the Arab world, his commitment to many causes and concerns of centrality to Arab societies, and his great influence on an entire generation of Arabs. The Collection is a true gem, and  a much valued addition to the Libraries’ Collections, one that will make a serious dent in documenting our modern Arab history.

The announcement of the receipt of the Archive is conjoined with a one-day seminar, “In Remembrance of Constantine Zurayk”, October, 31st,  which will feature many world class speakers, as detailed below. It will also feature an accompanying exhibit of the archival collection, between October 31st and November 4th, at the Mahmoud Malhas Common Room, West Hall, which will showcase select items from the Zurayk Archive.

For more information about the program please click on the following link:

30 Sep

Highlight: Online Video Collections at the University Libraries

In Collections,Events by AUB Libraries / September 30, 2016 / 0 Comments

On September 22 and during the University Libraries Open Day Annual event the libraries’ introduced its growing online video collection during a presentation in Jafet Library’s Antoun Ghattas Karam e-classroom.

Since 2014, the University Libraries has been acquiring online video databases through subscription so as to meet the increasing demand for multimedia resources for teaching, research and publishing purposes. Tens of thousands of videos across many disciplines are now available for AUB students and faculty members.

Videos are available using video streaming technology such that video streams are viewed from the internet browser and don’t require a player software. They are viewed in real time and do not need to be downloaded as an entire file.

The core of the UL streaming video resources consists of four main collections:

  • Academic Video Online: Premium a multidisciplinary collection of videos that touches on the curriculum needs of virtually every department at AUB
  • Sage Knowledge a series of online collections developed in partnership with leading academics, societies and practitioners, to deliver cutting-edge pedagogical collections mapped to disciplinary curricular needs within the social sciences
  • Business Education in Video features executive interviews, corporate training videos, case studies, “How To” features and documentary films that focus on all aspects of the global business environment
  • Business Education Complete Online (BECO) which includes textbooks, book chapters, cases, corporate training videos, sample business documents, executive-oriented research reports and more. One of its featured video collections, entitledFilmakers Library Onlineprovides award-winning documentaries with relevance across the curriculum—race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more.

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29 Sep

Online Exhibit: Comics: A very serious Matter- Comics in the Curriculum

In Collections,Events,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / September 29, 2016 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections Department, in collaboration with the Sawwaf Comics Initiative at AUB, launches an online exhibit, entitledComics: A very serious Matter; Comics in the Curriculum”.

The online exhibit showcases the AUB Libraries’ rich comics collection, and highlights  the great potential and ability that comics have to capture the “pulse of the time”, to support liberal arts curricula at academic institutions by shedding light on many questions, concepts, ideas, historical periods, social and economic issues, power relations, etc. across disciplines: comics and classics; comics and politics; comics and literature; comics and history; comics and gender; comics and urbanism; comics and architecture, etc. Through comics, a plethora of subjects and perspectives opens up to educators and students alike, in a novel, engaging, contextual and meaningful manner.

This exhibit focuses on some of these questions from the perspective of Arab comics, digging into the wealth of material afforded to us through our growing University Libraries’ Comics collection, hoping to open up a realm of discovery onto worlds of comics to be enjoyed and to be taken very seriously!

Exhibit Curators: Kaoukab Chebaro and Hana Sleiman.

Acknowledgements: Many thanks go to the Mu’taz and Rada Sawwaf Arabic Comics Initiative for supporting the physical exhibit and the development of our AUB Library comics collection, on which this exhibit is based.

Special thanks go to Ghofran Akil for the long hours she put in the design products, to Sara Jawad for her support in design, to Yasmine Younes for her background research, patience and support; and most of all, to Lina Ghaibeh for her relentless hard work and unwavering support throughout the planning and realization of the exhibit, for her leadership with the Comics Initiative at AUB, and for her contagious enthusiasm and passion for Arab comics!

Click here to read about the initial exhibition that was held in West Hall last spring.

15 Sep

150 years of collecting at the AUB Libraries

In Collections,Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / September 15, 2016 / 0 Comments

On the occasion of AUB’s 150th anniversary, Al-Ahram (Cairo) reports on the wealth and depth of the AUB Libraries’ collections and interviews some of its Librarians.

Read the full article here:

31 Aug

University Libraries acquire thousands of new valued e-Books

In Collections,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / August 31, 2016 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries is always on the lookout to develop its collections in order to best support research and teaching at AUB.

Recently, the UL has expanded its e-book offerings immensely, and now library users have a huge number of e-Books at their fingertips.

More than 800,000 scholarly books from major publishers and university presses are now available as e-Books and are accessible via the library’s list of e-books.

Most of the acquired e-Books are fully searchable and allow for unlimited user access, so that multiple people can read them at the same time.

We invite you to explore these collections.

Below is a listing of some of these acquired collections:

Subject Collection
Humanities and Social Sciences Brill E-Books
De Gruyter eBooks
Oxford Scholarly Editions Online
Taylor & Francis eBooks
Early Arabic Books Early Arabic Printed Books from the British Library
Early English Books Early English Books Online
Early European Books
Eighteenth Century Collections Online
Science and Technology Elsevier eBooks
Springer Books
University Press Scholarship Online

Get tips on how to find and download e-books from our collections by visiting our

e-Books Research Guide.

“Read More” below to view descriptions of the listed collections.

For more information, contact the University Libraries by phone on extensions 2620/1/9

or by email: or via the Ask A Librarian form

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31 Aug

The AUB University Libraries receive a valuable collection from Mr. Habib Nassib Hammam, a prominent AUBite

In Collections,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / August 31, 2016 / 0 Comments

On the 2nd of August, 2016 the University Libraries received a valuable donation from Mr. Habib Nassib Hammam (BA ’66, MA ’69). The collection consists of historical photographs of AUB students’ life, as well as the English translation of the speech of Ahmed Djemal Pasha delivered to students of the Syrian Protestant College during his visit on January 29th, 1917.

The collection also includes documents and photographs of events by the AUB Alumni Association- North Lebanon Chapter- in the early 1960s.

The Hammam family is from Shweir, Lebanon and has been associated with AUB since the 1880s. Dr. Habib Hammam Sr. graduated from the medical school in 1888. His children, Dr. Adib, Dr. Wadi’ (Dentistry), Dr. Nassib, and Ms. Naifeh Hammam (Nursing) also graduated from AUB.

Nassib Hammam’s children, Nijad (BE ’65), Samir (BE ’69), and Nadim (BE ’84) graduated from the school of Engineering, and Habib graduated from the School of Arts and Sciences.

Elia Hammam, son of Jirjis Hammam, the author and educator, graduated and taught botany briefly at AUB until his untimely death in a snowstorm on mount Sannine in 1931 while on a skiing hike with AUB colleagues.

Dr. Nassib Hammam was instrumental in establishing the North Lebanon Chapter of the AUB Alumni Association and was its president in the early 1960s. The Hammam family was one of the contributors for the reconstruction of College Hall after it was destroyed during the Lebanese civil war.

In receiving the gift, Dr. Mariette Atallah, Head of the Collection Development Department at the University Libraries said “this is a great collection received from a faithful AUBite. The items in this beautiful gift complement and complete some missing milestones and documents about AUB’s History. We thank the Hammam family, especially Mr. Habib, for this valuable gift.

For more about this collection ,visit the library website: