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13 Dec

New Library Guide on the History of AUB in celebration of the University’s 150th anniversary: “AUB History: a Short Guide”

In News and Announcements,Projects by AUB Libraries / December 13, 2016 / 0 Comments

The AUB University Libraries is pleased to announce the publication of a new Library guide entitled: AUB’s History: a Short Guide. The guide was compiled on the occasion of AUB’s 150th anniversary.

It was initiated by the Research and Instruction Services Department and prepared in collaboration with the Archives and Special Collections Department at the University Libraries. It highlights a number of relevant resources, including books, University catalogs, photos, magazines, archival material, as well as select online resources related to AUB’s founding, its history, Presidents, campus buildings and grounds, lush vegetation and botany, and the variegated and rich activities of its students. It also features a timeline highlighting select key events that marked AUB’s history, and its long running and firmly grounded commitment to liberal arts education (1862-2015).

The Guide can be accessed through the following link:

We hope that our researchers, students and alumni enjoy the guide and benefit from the valuable information it contains.

Please do not hesitate to email us your feedback regarding the guide at the attention of Mrs. Nabila Shehabeddine at

For additional materials on the history and culture of AUB, please visit the Archives and Special Collections Department at Jafet Library, or email:

10 Dec

Free coffee and cookies at Jafet Library during Final exams

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / December 10, 2016 / 0 Comments

This article was posted on the AUB website’s News section on December 10, 2016:

In an attempt to help students cope with the stress and strain of final exams, Jafet Library, which opens 24 hours a day during the reading period, is providing them with free coffee and cookies every night. The finals period, the time when students maximize their efforts to successfully wrap up their semesters, extends over two weeks from the December 7 to 20.

“Students wait eagerly for the coffee every night at 11:00pm and stand in line to have turns to fill their cups and grab a cookie,” said Lokman Meho, Director of the University Libraries, “we decided to serve the coffee and cookies from 11:00pm to 7:00am because the Main Gate closes at 11:00.”

Even if Main Gate closes at 11:00 pm, the Libraries are providing the students an opportunity to study for longer hours in specially equipped rooms, doing everything to maintain the studious and silent atmosphere. This initiative is taken in an attempt to provide the students with a better mood to study and focus, contributing to bettering their experience on campus.

“These are small gestures that demonstrate the President’s commitment to caring for our students. Studying for finals is tough enough and every little bit helps,” said Ramin Sedehi, Chief Operating Officer.

Associate Vice President of Advancement Services, Mrs. Soha Hmaidan, highlights that the initiative taken by Jafet Library is fully funded by the University’s strategic partners who have been funding all the events on Campus in celebration of our 150th anniversary.

“This funding is not from our operating budget, so it’s not coming out of the students’ tuition fees,” added Hmaidan.

Carla Chalhoub, Head of Access Services Department, said the initiative is helping students feel at home.

“They usually are not allowed to drink and eat on the Library premises, but we are making an exception,” added Chalhoub, “it is hard for students pulling an overnight to go out in the cold to buy snacks, so it’s a gesture to make it easier for them.”

Staff members at the Library are getting great response from the students. Avo Dakessian, a sophomore student majoring in Nursing, thought that the idea was “brilliant.”

“Things such as those are motivational, and I think that this should be done often,” said Dakessian.

Youssef Hamade, a student majoring in electrical engineering told us that Jafet is his main destination to study during finals.

“The fact that it is open 24/7 during reading period makes it my go-to when I want to pull an all-nighter, and the fact that no talking is allowed, makes it excellent for concentrating,” said Hamade. “The free cookies and coffee are an added value, the hassle of going out can now be avoided; it’s a chance to maximize our attentiveness on our studies.”

06 Dec

UL Opening Hours during the Reading and Exams period (Dec 7–22, 2016)

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / December 6, 2016 / 0 Comments

Below is the schedule of the AUB Libraries during the Reading and Exams period:


On the first day of the reading period, i.e. Wednesday, December 7, 2016, Jafet Library will open at 7:00 am. On the last day of the exams period, Thursday, December 22, Jafet Library will close at 9:00 pm

Jafet Library (Reference, Reserve Reading Room, Serials Reading Room, 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 am – 5:00 pm)
  • Saturday (Closed)
  • Sunday (Closed)


Engineering & Architecture – Science and Agriculture Libraries:

  • Monday – Friday (8:00 am – 9:00 pm)
  • Saturday (8:00 am – 5:00 pm)
  • Sunday (Closed)

On Thursday, December 22, Engineering & Architecture – Science and Agriculture Libraries will close at 5:00 pm

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

We count on your cooperation to maintain a calm and quiet atmosphere.


Good luck in your exams.

AUB Libraries

02 Dec

AUB among the world’s best for alumni achievement

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / December 2, 2016 / 0 Comments

This article was published on the AUB News section on November 25, 2016:

The American University of Beirut has made its mark strongly in a new measure introduced by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking organization, highlighting the employability of graduates of different universities worldwide.

AUB came in the 81-90 bracket, coming first not just in the Arab countries, but the whole of the MENA region, and it was ranked 32nd in one of the five categories being measured.

“This ranking is evidence of AUB’s success in achieving its mission by producing outstanding graduates, many of whom go on in their careers to join the world’s most innovative, creative, prosperous, entrepreneurial, and/or philanthropic individuals,” said Director of AUB Libraries, Dr. Lokman Meho.

Dr. Meho told us that although it was a new ranking which started as a pilot in the 2015-16 academic year and makes its debut this year, it uses a credible range of indicators and is based on a large sample of more than 37,000 employers worldwide.

QS published its list of the top 300 institutions for employability of their students, based on reputation with employers (30% of the score); alumni outcomes, i.e. how successful alumni are (20%); institutions’ relations with external partners (25%); employer-student connections (15%); and graduate employment rate (10%).

AUB was ranked 78th in employer reputation and 32nd in alumni outcomes. It also achieved a 72nd spot in employer-student connections through which students are given the opportunity to network with businesses and launch their careers as early as they can.

No other institution in the MENA region was ranked higher than 150. Khalifa University and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals were both ranked in the 151-200 bracket, while the American University in Cairo, American University of Sharjah, and Cairo University were all ranked in the 201+ category.

The highest-ranked institution in terms of employability under the QS criteria was Stanford University, with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) coming in second place.

This ranking follows AUB’s phenomenal rise in the QS World University Rankings in September, when it improved by 40 places to reach the 228th spot.

28 Nov

AUB Outdoors Committee supports expansion and renovation of Jafet Library’s Reference Reading Room

In Events,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / November 28, 2016 / 1 Comment

Jafet Library’s Reference reading area has been expanded with a newly renovated room to accommodate 45 additional seats thanks to financial support from the 2016 AUB Outdoors Committee, who donated $50,000 to create much needed new study space for students at the Library.

The new study room is modern and well-lit, overlooking the sea view of the AUB campus. It is tailored to students’ daily needs in terms of bigger desk space, individual power outlets, and new furniture. It will help the Libraries go a step forward towards improving students’ experiences when using Library facilities.

President Khuri, Interim Provost Mohamed Harajli, VP Imad Baalbaki, Dean Nezameddin and many members of the AUB Outdoors Committee, Jafet staff members and special guests gathered in Jafet Library on the afternoon of November 28th to inaugurate the new study room.

Dr. Lokman Meho, Director of the University Libraries, addressed the attendees first, thanking the Outdoors Committee, the President, VP Baalbaki, Dean Nezameddin, the Physical Plant, and the Library team for their remarkable support and work. He highlighted the importance of this project in times when Library reading areas are packed with students, whose numbers at AUB have multiplied while the Library space stayed intact, saying that “we very much thank the 2016 Outdoor Committee for their thoughtfulness and for helping the Libraries provide better student services and partially address one of the most popular students’ Library needs, that is, increasing and enhancing student seating capacity in the Libraries.”

AUB President, Dr. Fadlo Khuri took the stage next and addressed the students saying “We’re tinkering with many things with the students, and eventually they will all work out to your advantage. I’m proud to say that so far we’ve kept our word to invest more resources- not just funds- but time in students-specific activities including the dorms, renovating the library and other major enterprises.”

About these projects, Dr. Khuri said “This is an investment. We believe you are the future leaders of the societies in Lebanon, the Arab world and beyond. . .You need some additional resources so that you leave here [AUB] more empowered than when you come here… This isn’t charity. This is an investment that will come good for decades to come.” He then congratulated the students on this unique accomplishment, referring to this as a permanent “compact between the university and the students”.

Dr. Talal Nezameddin, the Dean of Student Affairs, thanked the Outdoors Committee and its volunteers saying that “it is outstanding how many special and unique skills are involved in the outdoors: project management, team building skills, leadership skills as well as encountering and overcoming challenges before, during and after the event”. He spoke of how incredible it is for such a big group of people to work together under such difficult circumstances to raise such an enormous amount of money and then give back to their community.

The chairperson of the AUB 2016 Outdoors Committee, Riad El-Soufi, spoke of the committee’s commitment and motive behind funding this project saying that “this is a way for students to give back to AUB and namely to the students.” He spoke of the Outdoors Committee’s hard work and thanked Dean Nizameddin and VP Baalbaki, as well as the 600 volunteers who make the Outdoors happen, adding “we hope that this is only the beginning and that similar donations will be awarded to the AUB community by the Outdoors in the years to come”.

The attendees then cut the ribbon to officially inaugurate the new reading room and enjoyed some refreshments, as students passed by to see their new study area.

This project is especially distinctive for the Libraries because it is the first time a project gets funded and supported by students, for students . . .

Read more →

17 Nov

Library Opening Hours: November 22, 2016

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / November 17, 2016 / 0 Comments

Dear AUB Libraries Users,

 Below is the schedule of the AUB Libraries on Tuesday, November 22, 2016:

  • Jafet Library: Open from 12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight
  • Science, Engineering and Saab Medical Libraries: Closed

Happy Independence Day!

AUB Libraries

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.

To read the article go to:

21 Oct

Book Discussion “Strangers in the West: The Syrian Colony of New York City, 1880-1900”

In Events,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / October 21, 2016 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries is holding a book discussion by the distinguished author and former AUB trustee, Dr. Linda K. Jacobs about her renown book and bestseller

Strangers in the West: The Syrian Colony of New York City, 1880-1900

The event will take place on Friday, November 4th, 2016 at Jafet Library,  followed by a book signing.

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 mergence and development of this distinctive community.

About the Author

Linda K. Jacobs is a New York-based scholar and author. She holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology/Anthropology and spent many years working on archaeological excavations and economic development projects in the Middle East. She is the author of Digging In: An American Archaeologist Uncovers the Real Iran (2012) and a series of articles about the nineteenth-century Syrian colony in New York. Dr. Jacobs is committed to promoting Middle Eastern culture and knowledge in the United States, founding KalimahPress in 2011, establishing the Violet Jabara Charitable Trust, and sitting on the boards of the Near East Foundation and the Moise Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies. She has also served on the board of the American University of Beirut. All four of her grandparents were members of the New York Syrian Colony

For more about the book, kindly go to

10 Oct

UL Closed for Commemoration of Ashoura

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / October 10, 2016 / 0 Comments

Dear AUB Libraries Users,

Kindly note that AUB Libraries (Jafet, Engineering and Architecture, Science and Agriculture and Saab Medical Library) will be closed on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 in Commemoration of Ashoura.

AUB Libraries

07 Oct

Hanna Bassar retires after serving more than 40 years at AUB

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / October 7, 2016 / 1 Comment

The University Libraries’ management and staff wishes all the best to Hanna Bassar, who retired this October, after serving the AUB community for more than 40 years.

“Best regards and wishes to our colleague, Hanna Bassar, who gave AUB and Jafet Library 42 years of loyalty and silent work. Hanna retired today silently….the way he wished. He never “over-breaked”, never complained and was respected by all. From my personal contact with him, I knew that he was kidnapped twice during the civil war, while crossing the divided Beirut to come to work. I think he is an excellent example of service, wisdom and discipline. Let us all wish him good health and more achievements.” wrote Ziad Kaj, a UL staff member.

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