09 Dec

Opening Hours: Reading and Exam Periods

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / December 9, 2014 / 0 Comments

Below is the schedule of the AUB Libraries and the Reading Rooms in Jafet Library during the Reading and Exams periods (December 10 to December 22, 2014):


On the first day of the reading period, i.e. Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Jafet Library will open at 7:30 am. On the last day of the reading period, Monday, December 22, Jafet Library will close at 9:00 p.m.

Jafet Library (Reference, Reserve Reading Room, Serials Reading Room, Computer Lab, and the Stacks on the first floor): Monday – Sunday 24/7 (Library will not close)

Jafet Library (Archives and Special Collections Reading Room): Monday – Friday (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.); Saturday (Closed); Sunday (Closed)

Branch libraries (Science and Engineering Libraries): Monday – Friday (8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.); Saturday (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.); Sunday (Closed)

Upper stacks in Jafet Library (3rd, 4th and 5th floors) will close at 12:00 midnight and reopen at 7:30 a.m.

We count on your cooperation to maintain a calm and quiet atmosphere. Good luck in your exams.

03 Dec

Nawal Naamani, beloved librarian at the University Libraries leaves us

In Library Staff by AUB Libraries / December 3, 2014 / 1 Comment

Nawal Mekdashi Naamani, beloved member of the AUB Libraries’ family for 43 years, passed away on November 30th , 2014 in Beirut. She was 70 years old. Nawal joined the AUB University Libraries as a bibliographer in 1965 and went on to serve in a variety of capacities at various Library departments including Serials, Reference Services, Circulation, as well as in the Engineering and Architecture Library. Ms. Naamani was appointed as Head of Circulation Department in 1979. During her time at the AUB Libraries, Nawal trained, supervised and inspired many staff members and student assistants.  Ms. Naamani retired in July 2008.  Ever since her retirement, she has been missed by staff members and grateful patrons and researchers who GOT used to her friendly presence, and who often described her as a “miracle-worker” and as an “inimitable librarian”.

Nawal graduated from the Beirut College for Women (now Lebanese American University) in 1965, earning a Bachelor of Arts and a Teaching Diploma. She later pursued a Master’s degree in Library Science from the London University School of Librarianship and Archives in 1970.

“I was very lucky to have had her as a supervisor and mentor for eight years as a student assistant in Jafet Library.  She was a true inspiration. She made me love this profession and played a big role in encouraging me to go to the U.S. and pursue my studies in Library Science. I learned a lot from her. She was such a devoted member of the University Libraries. She will be missed dearly.” said Dr. Lokman Meho, University Librarian.

The staff at the University Libraries expressed great grief when they learned about her passing away, remembering the passion she had for her work. Many recalled how she used to always be the first to come and the last to leave the office; how she would call her staff in the weekends to check on them; how she would never shy away from doing the work herself, be it boosting a staff member’s morale, or pushing a trolley full of books, or shelving a big pile of books. She, along with several UL staff members, held on to the AUB Libraries during the Lebanese civil war and survived the College Hall Explosion. She was there to bring Jafet back up on its feet, even if it meant she needed to sweep away the dust and stay at the office for long hours. The phrase “she was a very sweet lady” came up whenever a staff member was informed about her passing away.

Nawal Mekdashi Naamani was married to Nabil Naamani and is survived by her husband and two daughters, Engineer Nada Naamani and Dr. Nadine Naamani Maarouf, as well as by her two granddaughters.

May her soul rest in peace . . .

02 Dec

Upcoming Exhibit: “SPC & WWI 1914-1918”

In Events by AUB Libraries / December 2, 2014 / 0 Comments


The Archives & Special Collections Department at Jafet cordially invites you to an exhibit entitled “SPC* & WWI 1914-1918”, showcasing documents, photos, and audio interviews from the University Libraries’ Archives telling the story of AUB during WWI.

The exhibit will run from December 9 till December 11, 2014  all day at West Hall – Malhas Common Room.

All are welcome.

For more details about the exhibit, kindly contact the Archives and Special Collections Department at Jafet via email at asc@aub.edu.lb or via phone on 01-350 000 ext. 2610.

*Syrian Protestant College

27 Nov

2nd Community Book Exchange Meet-up

In Events by AUB Libraries / November 27, 2014 / 0 Comments

Despite the rainy weather, more than 50 alumni and AUB community members gathered at the cozy WAAAUB Clubhouse in Mary Dodge hall to enjoy the 2nd Community Book Exchange meet-up that was held on the evening of Wednesday, November 26.

The books exchanged were of different genres and languages. Attendees enjoyed discussing the books and talking about their reading habits along with their coffee and cookies, courtesy of WAAAUB. You can see photos from the event here.

The University Libraries and the Neighborhood Initiative at AUB look forward to the next meet-up which will be held next month.

Remember that participation in the Community book Exchange is simple: bring a book to take a book!

Looking forward to seeing you all next month!

For more information, visit the Community Book Exchange Facebook page or contact AUB Libraries

email: jftref@aub.edu.lb

telephone: 00961-1-350000 ext. 2620

20 Nov

Research and Thesis Writing Workshop Series for Graduate Students

In Workshops by AUB Libraries / November 20, 2014 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries launched the “Research and Thesis Writing Workshop Series” catered for Graduate students, in collaboration with the AUB Writing Center.

Established in coordination with the Graduate Council and the Graduate Student Society at AUB, the aim of the workshop series is to introduce continuing graduate students to key concepts in research and academic writing, and to inform them about academic support available at AUB.

The series consists of 4 workshops to be held throughout the academic year:

1.Getting Started with Graduate Research

2.Getting Your Thesis Proposal Started

3.Resources for Thesis Writers

4.After Your Thesis: Getting Published

The first two workshops have been held already during the fall semester of 2014.

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16 Nov

University Libraries and the Center for Teaching and Learning hold second faculty workshop about e-books

In Events,Workshops by AUB Libraries / November 16, 2014 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries (UL) in partnership with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at AUB organized the second faculty-special workshop for this academic year.

The workshop was held in the Antoun Ghattas Karam e-Classroom in Jafet Memorial Library on the afternoon of Thursday November 13th and was entitled: “How to download and read offline E-books from AUB libraries?”.

During the workshop, attendees were walked through the process of identifying and accessing e-books. The workshop served as a hands-on session, where faculty members applied the step-by-step process with the assistance of facilitators from the Research and Instruction Services department at Jafet.

 For further assistance the attendees were directed to use the Library Guide on how to download e-books: http://aub.edu.lb.libguides.com/ebooks.

25 Oct

Announcement: 2nd Community Book Exchange Meet-up

In Events by AUB Libraries / October 25, 2014 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries and the Neighborhood Initiative at AUB are glad to announce the second meet-up for their Community Book Exchange program, which will be held on Wednesday, November 26th at 6:00 pm at the WAAAUB Clubhouse, Mary Dodge Hall, thanks to the courtesy of the WAAAUB, who will be hosting the event this time and offering the refreshments.

Remember that participation is simple: bring a book to take a book!

All are welcome.

For more information, contact AUB Libraries

email: jftref@aub.edu.lb

telephone: 00961-1-350000 ext. 2620

24 Oct

Launching Event: Community Book Exchange

In Events by AUB Libraries / October 24, 2014 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries and the Neighborhood Initiative at AUB launched the Community Book Exchange program on Thursday October 16, 2014 at the Jafet Library Courtyard.  More than 80 people showed up and got introduced to the program, and around 50 of them exchanged books from their personal collections.

The idea of the program is straightforward: “Participation is simple: bring a book to take a book”.

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01 Oct

New LibGuide: Arabic Comic Books

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / October 1, 2014 / 2 Comments

In support of the newly launched Mu’taz and Rada Sawwaf Arabic Comics Initiative at the American University of Beirut, the University Libraries are pleased to announce the publication of their new guide “Arabic Comic Books“. The guide includes a panoply of key reference and library items, as well as select online resources related to comic books as well as to graphic novels in the Arab world. It also features, among other resources, a timetable highlighting selected Lebanese comic books published between the years 1952 and 2009.

The Guide can be accessed through the following link: http://aub.edu.lb.libguides.com/Arabic-comic-books.

Enjoy the guide and please do not hesitate to email us your feedback and any suggestions for new resources of interest at the following address: ns24@aub.edu.lb.

20 Sep

The AUB Libraries launches its first online exhibit: “Dar al-Fata al-Arabi Publishing House and Mohieddine al-Labbad”

In Events by AUB Libraries / September 20, 2014 / 0 Comments


The AUB Libraries is delighted to announce the launch on Wednesday September 17th, 2014, of its first online exhibit “Dar al-Fata al-Arabi Publishing House and Mohieddine al-Labbad“, which is accessible through our Library home page, and our Archives and Special Collections page . This is the first in a forthcoming series of exhibits using the web-publishing platform Omeka that allows us to showcase samples and highlights from our collections online. The viewer will get a glimpse onto the rich material held at the AUB Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections, which can be browsed and enjoyed on our premises, at the Jafet Library Archives and Special Collections Department.

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