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23 Oct

Aida Farha, Head of Saab Medical Library retires after many years of service

In Library Staff by AUB Libraries / October 23, 2018 / 0 Comments

University Libraries’ staff members gathered for a traditional Lebanese breakfast on the morning of September 19 to bid farewell to a long-standing, proud member of the University Libraries, Ms. Aida Farha, Head of the Saab Medical Library, who retired after serving at AUB for more than 38 years.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy from AUB (1975), Aida applied to her first job at the AUB University Libraries in 1980, as a Reference Medical Librarian. She remembers considering the job only due to the security issues stemming from the Lebanese Civil War, not knowing anything about Library work and wondering what a pharmacist can do in a medical library other than “dusting books”.

Once exposed to the job, Aida was amazed at the tremendous amount of information and resources available at the library. She quickly valued the role of libraries and wondered why, throughout her 4 years of studying at AUB, no one had taught her about this “treasure”. That was when she set out to learn all that it takes to become a knowledgeable Medical Reference Librarian, who can effectively support all researchers in the medical field, from physicians, to nurses, scientists, and students.

She remained in that position for over 32 years, enjoying the daily work and constantly learning all the new updates in the field of medical information science, while offering services to the library users. When Ms. Hilda Nassar, the former Head of the Saab Medical Library, retired, Aida was chosen to head the Saab Medical Library.

Talking about her role at the AUB Libraries, Aida says that she believes that Medical Librarians save patients’ lives, physicians’ time, and healthcare costs. She always envisioned that at the other end of her work is a patient and that a patient could one day be her, a friend or a family member. This thought was her motivation and inspiration while doing her job.

She adds that she was always in the process of learning so she could do her job better. Be it new technologies, new research methodologies, or new concepts, she was in a constant learning cycle. Some of the examples she remembers very well are the beginning of the “evidence-based medicine” and the “Systematic Reviews” concepts, both of which she became an expert in.

Aida treasures so many moments that happened throughout her long career at the AUB Libraries, but she reminisces about one particular incident, which took place a few years ago after she was asked to give a workshop to physicians in Syria. At midnight, eight months after the workshop, Aida received a call from one of the physicians who had attended the workshop, thanking her for saving his life. He had contracted a disease himself, which a specialist could not treat properly. So he did the literature search the way Aida presented during the workshop and retrieved all the needed information for his disease management. Aida says she will never forget that moment.

Aida is proud that after these years, library users now witness the added value that a knowledgeable medical librarian brings to their daily work, whether for education, research or patient care. She is also proud that she held many seminars/workshops on medical information in an evidence-based age, here at AUB and also in most MENA countries.

Aida is confident that AUB’s Saab Medical Library will always represent a pillar and a full-fledged support for medical research at AUB, Lebanon and the entire region, and hopes that the next Medical Librarian will continue the library’s mission.

Best of luck, Aida, and may you have a long, peaceful and healthy retirement. . .

03 Oct

Saab Medical Library Open Day- October 9, 2018

In Events by AUB Libraries / October 3, 2018 / 0 Comments

Saab Memorial Medical Library (SML) would like to invite you to its annual Open Day.

Join the SML Librarians and Staff and enjoy a fun and educational event. Catering will be served.

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Place: Saab Medical Library

Prizes: Bluetooth speaker and giveaways.

Games include:

  • Amthila
  • How well Can you Draw?
  • How steady can you go?
  • Balance a book

For information, contact SML by email: or by calling ext. 5900.


13 Sep

LibFlix: AUB Library Open Day 2018 on September 27

In Events by AUB Libraries / September 13, 2018 / 0 Comments

Are you a movie geek? Join us at “LibFlix: AUB Library Open Day 2018″ on September 27  in Jafet Library from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Challenge your friends, learn about the library, and win…


Prizes include: an iPad, Tablets, $100 Prepaid Cards, more than 100 Movie Tickets, Hiking Trips, Vouchers, and many giveaways.

For info contact Jafet: ; ext. 2620/2659

10 Sep

Library Opening Hours: September 11, 2018

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / September 10, 2018 / 0 Comments

Dear AUB libraries users,

The below are the opening hours of the AUB libraries on Tuesday, September 11, 2018:

Jafet library: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Engineering and Architecture, Science and Agriculture, and Saab Medical Library will be closed.

AUB libraries

12 Jul

Library Databases and e-Books Subscriptions during 2017-2018

In Collections,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / July 12, 2018 / 0 Comments

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

In 2017 and 2018, the UL has expanded its subscription to more databases and e-books offerings, covering an array of subject areas and types of material. The UL also upgraded some of its subscriptions to include more content, especially of recent years.

We invite you to explore these databases and e-books collections and to enjoy the exclusive access you have to them.

Below is a listing of the databases and e-books packages that the UL has subscribed to so far since 2017.

To know more about our subscriptions, see our full List of Databases  or click here to search the UL’s e-Books collection.  

Contact Jafet Library via email on or by phone on extensions 2620/1/9 for more information. 


Arab World Research Source: Al Masdar

Brockelmann in English: The history of the Arabic written tradition online

Chatham House Online Archives (Part I, 1920-1979)


Global Health (CABI)

Passport (upgraded to include Industrial and Cities)

Psycbooks (APA)

SDC Complete

Shakespeare Survey Online Archives (2018)

Visible Body

E-Books publisher packages

APA Handbooks in Psychology

Brill e-books (all missing until 2018)

CAE (Cambridge Archives Edition) (37 titles from the Near & Middle East Collection)

Cambridge Companions Online (2017-2018)

Cambridge Histories Online (2017-2018)

Edward Elgar (2018)

Geoscience World (2016-2018)

MIT Press eBooks Library

IEEE-Wiley eBooks Library (IEEE Xplore)

Morgan & Clay Pool Synthesis Collection (2019-2020)

OpenEdition Collection to the Arabic & Muslim World Collection (2017 – 2018)

OSEO (Oxford Scholarship Editions Online) (2017-2018)

Oxford Handbooks (2017-2018)

Sage Knowledge (2017-2018)

SIAM e-books (2017-2018)

UPSO (University Presses Scholarship Online) (2017-2018)


Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online

Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture

Philosophy in the Islamic World Online: 8th-10th Centuries

News Archives

Associated Press Part 4: Middle East Bureau collection 1967 and 2005

Daily Mail Historical Archive (1896-2004)

The Guardian (1825-2003)

The Observer (1791-2003)

International Herald Tribune (Historical Archive)1887-2013

Jewish Exponent Historical Archive (1887-1990)

The Telegraph Historical Archives (1855-2000)


Overleaf Commons for Institutions


Oxford Clinical Psychology (Free Trial until 12/2018)

Oxford Medicine Online (Free Trial until 12/2018)

03 Jul

Announcement: Free Trial to Oxford Medicine Online and Oxford Clinical Psychology

In Collections by AUB Libraries / July 3, 2018 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries are glad to announce free trial access to Oxford Medicine Online and Oxford Clinical Psychology databases.  Access is available until the end of December 2018. We would greatly appreciate it if you could let us know your opinion about these databases and whether we should consider subscribing to them and why.

Oxford Medicine Online provides access to the home of Oxford’s prestigious medical publishing, bringing together over 1000 titles into a single cross-searchable resource.

Oxford Clinical Psychology provides access to over 300 titles in Oxford’s global clinical psychology publishing program in an integrated online service, which enables users to search and browse high-quality research and practice information contributed by a superlative group of experienced authors and editors.

04 Jun

AUB libraries’ schedule: June 4 – July 31, 2018

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / June 4, 2018 / 0 Comments

Below is the AUB libraries’ schedule from June 4 until July 31, 2018

Jafet Library:

Monday-Friday: 7:30 am – 9:00 pm

Saturday: 7:30 am – 3:00 pm

Sunday: 12:00 noon – 8:00 pm

Engineering and Science Libraries:

Monday-Friday: 7:30 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

Saab Medical Library:

Monday-Friday: 7:30 am – 12:00 midnight

Saturday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday: Closed               

AUB Libraries

24 May

University Libraries Schedule (May 25 – June 3, 2018)

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / May 24, 2018 / 0 Comments

Below is the AUB libraries schedule from (May 25 – June 3, 2018):

Jafet library (May 25 – June 3, 2018)

Monday-Friday: 7:30 am – 7:00 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

National Liberation Day (May 25, 2018): 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Engineering and science libraries (May 25 – June 3 , 2018):

Monday-Friday: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

National Liberation Day (May 25, 2018): Closed

Saab medical library (May 25 – June 3, 2018)

Monday: 7:30 am – 12:00 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Sunday: 12:00 noon – 12:00 pm

National Liberation Day (May 25, 2018): 12:00 noon – 12:00 pm


AUB libraries

27 Apr

Opening Hours: May 1, 2018

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / April 27, 2018 / 0 Comments

Dear AUB Libraries Users,

 Below are the AUB Libraries’ opening hours on May 1, 2018 (Labor Day):

 Jafet Library: 12:00 noon – 12:00 midnight

Science/Engineering Libraries: Closed

Saab Medical Library: Closed


AUB Libraries

12 Apr

The University Libraries subscribe to “Global Health” Database

In Collections,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / April 12, 2018 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries are glad to announce their subscription to “Global Health”, a specialist bibliographic abstracting and indexing database dedicated to public health and completing the picture of international medical and health research by capturing key literature.

Global Health is part of CAB Direct, an extensive source of reference in the applied life sciences, incorporating two leading bibliographic databases: CAB Abstracts and Global Health.

Derived from over 7,000 journals, reports, books and conferences, Global Health contains over 3 million scientific records from 1973 to present. Abstracted publications are from more than 100 countries and in 50 languages. Most of the relevant papers are translated into English.

Approximately 185,000 records are added to Global Health each year, and over 96% of these records include an English abstract.

Global Health also has a growing number of full text articles of over 90,000 from journals, conferences, and reports.