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15 Jun

Construction projects at the Libraries: to better serve you

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / June 15, 2015 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries has initiated some necessary projects in its different branches to make your experience at the libraries better.

Below is a list of some of the work that is currently underway.

We will try our best to keep you updated on the progress of these projects and we thank you for your patience and understanding.

  1. The libraries are doing some Spring cleaning, and also most of Jafet Library’s reading rooms and offices are being/have been repainted, which obligated us to close some of them for a couple of days and reopen them shortly after.
  2. The computer lab on the ground floor in Jafet is being renovated and expanded. The lab will be refurbished with new computers and furniture. The project is planned to be completed by end of August, 2015. The results will be rewarding as students and visitors will benefit from a bigger, more comfortable and modern space to work in, as well as from new, advanced equipment.
  3. The Engineering and Architecture Library will temporarily move to the Raymond Ghosn Building. This will be the case until the new library is completed. This is a long-term project and patrons will therefore notice some work-in-progress going on throughout the year.
  4. The Saab Medical Library will undergo major renovation and refurbishment starting July. Upon completion, this project will provide patrons and visitors an enhanced modern space.

We look forward to the above projects’ completion, to serve you better and to make the best of our facilities.

19 May

AUB Libraries’ schedule (May 19 – August 23, 2015)

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / May 19, 2015 / 0 Comments

Below is the AUB Libraries schedule from (May 19 till August 23, 2015):

JAFET: Monday-Friday: 7:30 am – 9:00 pm ; Saturday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm ; Sunday: Closed

ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE LIBRARIES (May 19 till May 31, 2015): Monday-Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm ; Saturday: Closed ; Sunday: Closed

ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE LIBRARIES’ summer schedule (from June 1 – August 23, 2015): Monday-Friday: 7:30 am – 3:00 pm ; Saturday: Closed ; Sunday: Closed

14 May

Announcement: Library Archival Research Fellowship

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / May 14, 2015 / 0 Comments

The Arts and Humanities Initiative – Mellon Grant and The Archives and Special Collections at Jafet Library at the American University of Beirut announce a call for applications for a Library Archival Research Fellowship at the Archives of Jafet Library: June 15th– August 21st, 2015

 The American University of Beirut Libraries and the Arts and Humanities Initiative at AUB are offering a short-term Summer Archival Research Fellowship to encourage scholarly engagement with one of two of the following AUB Libraries’ Special Collections: The AUB Libraries’ Arabic Manuscripts Collection, and the Constantine Zurayq’s Archival Papers (around 18.4 linear feet). The fellowship seeks to support the production of scholarly work around these collections and enhance their cataloging and accessibility, as well as promote the community’s knowledge of the AUB Library Archival holdings in general.

The Research Fellow will be given access to our Library collections, as well as a space to work, in addition to a stipend of 2,000 USD. For international fellows, an additional stipend to cover the costs of travel will be provided. All applicants, local and international, will be responsible for booking their own lodging, airline tickets, and securing their visas, if needed. The Fellowship will cover six to eight weeks any time between June 15th and August 21st.

The deadline for submission is Sunday May 31st, 2015.

For full details and submission guidelines please click here.

07 May

AUB Libraries schedule during the Reading and Exams periods

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / May 7, 2015 / 0 Comments

Below is the schedule of the AUB Libraries and the Reading Rooms in Jafet Library during the Reading and Exams periods (May 8 to May 19, 2015):

On the first day of the reading period, i.e. Friday, May 8, 2015, Jafet Library will open at 7:30 am.

On the last day of the reading period, Tuesday, May 19, 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.

AUB Libraries

30 Apr

Upcoming Event: University Libraries’ Children’s Book Fair

In Events,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / April 30, 2015 / 0 Comments

The AUB University Libraries have the pleasure of inviting you to a special event featuring children’s books written and illustrated by AUB students as part of their final project for their Children’s Literature (Education 218) course, taught by Dr. Amal Bou Zeineddine.

The event will include an  exhibit of the students’ projects, as well as short presentations by students about their books.

The event will be held on Thursday,  May 7th at 12:30 pm at Jafet Library’s main lobby, AUB.

The books will be on display at Jafet Library until the 14th of May, 2015.

22 Apr

The Archives and Special Collections department at the University Libraries launches a new webpage

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / April 22, 2015 / 0 Comments

We’re pleased to announce the launching of a new webpage for the Archives and Special Collections Department at the University Libraries. The newly designed page features updated content and offers a glimpse into our holdings documenting the history of AUB, Lebanon, the Arab World and the region at large. Check it out!

Visit our page, browse our collections, and feel free to email us your thoughts and suggestions for improvement:

Our collections are growing thanks to the collective effort of our community. Help us preserve our history by bringing to our attention and/or donating archival material of scholarly and historical significance in all formats (photos, maps, posters, archival papers, etc.). Contact us at

We look forward to hearing from you!

04 Apr

University Libraries Opening hours during the Easter Vacation

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / April 4, 2015 / 0 Comments

University Libraries wish you all a Happy Easter and happy holidays!

Please take note of our opening hours during the holidays.


23 Mar

Ziad Kaj, University Libraries staff member, publishes his new novel about Ras Beirut, its history, its structure and the memories he constructed throughout the years he lived in it

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / March 23, 2015 / 1 Comment

Honored friends, colleagues and family members gathered at Dar Al-Nadwa in Hamra on the afternoon of Friday, March 20th, 2015 to attend the book signing event of Ziad Kaj’s new novel entitled: “Ras Beirut: Sunduk fi Bahr, Narr ala Tallah“.

Through his novel, Kaj tells his own versions of the stories of Ras Beirut, remembering faces, names and streets and reminiscing about events and conversations of the past.

The novel mentions AUB many times and addresses the question of “Which came first, AUB or Ras Beirut, as we know it?” According to Kaj, AUB and Ras Beirut are two correlated and inseparable places. They are two entities, sewn together by culture, structure, and history.

Kaj has been a part of the AUB family since June 1985 and- after 30 years- he says that AUB is his second home. Kaj says that he was always attracted to AUB and to its grounds, even before he was “officially” an AUBite.

In addition to this book, Kaj has published 5 other books, all by Dar Nelson: “Kana ‘alayk an taqlub al-sullum” (poetry), “Amirka uhibuki, ana la uhibuki “(poetry), “Awlad al-natur al-sabiq” (novel), “Al-hayah kama quddimat lahum” (novel), “Layali dayr al- qamar” (novel).

Kaj is also a skillful painter and enjoys the arts. He held his first painting exhibit, along with a book signing event a year ago.

Read more →

17 Mar

The University Libraries participates in a symposium on Arabic manuscripts held on the occasion of the 200th birthday of Johann Gottfried Wetzstein (1815–1905), a Prussian orientalist and diplomat

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / March 17, 2015 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries’ Archives Librarian, Mrs. Samar Mikati, and the Head of the Archives and Special collections, Dr. Kaoukab Chebaro were invited to deliver a paper at the international symposium entitled “Studies on Johann Gottfried Wetzstein (1815-1905): Manuscripts, Politics and Oriental Studies” which was held at the Staatsbibliothek zu, Berlin between the 19th and 21st of February, 2015. The symposium was inaugurated with a keynote lecture by François Déroche (Paris):The Qur’anic collections acquired by Wetzstein”, and prominent speakers included, among others, Robert Irwin (London): “The Arabist and Consul in Damascus Sir Richard Burton and the problematic nature of his translation of The Thousand and One Nights; Jan Just Witkam (Leiden): “Wetzstein’s manuscripts with popular stories; Boris Liebrenz (Leipzig): “Wetzstein as a broker of Arabic prints in Syria”; Walid Salih (Toronto): “The Fantastic literature in medieval Islam”: “Wetzstein II 1173” Kitāb al-ʿazamah as an example; Christoph Rauch (Berlin): “Orientalists at the Royal Library in Berlin and the big Islamic cataloguing projects of the 19th century”.

Mikati and Chebaro’s paper was entitled: “Manuscript ownership and readership at the American University of Beirut at the turn of the 20th century”. The paper tries to reconstruct the history and provenance of the AUB Manuscript collection, and to trace some of the usages to which the manuscripts were put to at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. Relying on ledgers of accession records, on syllabi and class reading lists at the Syrian Protestant College, as well as on ownership and readership marks of selected items, the paper tries to chart a comparative and multi-faceted history of manuscript readership and usage in the region, at this period, hinting at significant (and lasting) changes, in terms of custody and audience. The proceedings of the Conference will be published in an upcoming volume of Arabica, the Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies/Revue d’études Arabes et Islamiques, published by Brill.

23 Jan

Upcoming Event: “Academic Integrity Seminar for Turnitin Users 2015” at AUB

In Events,News and Announcements,Workshops by AUB Libraries / January 23, 2015 / 0 Comments

University Libraries at AUB, the Center for Teaching and Learning at AUB, Turnitin and Techknowledge, have the pleasure to invite you and your colleagues to an Academic Integrity seminar for Turnitin users 2015 to be held for the first time in Beirut, at AUB on February 23rd, 2015 at West Hall, Auditorium B starting at 9:30 am.

The event will feature guest speakers from educational institutions in the region, speakers from the Center for Teaching and Learning at AUB, and speakers from the Academic Services department at AUB. Representatives from Turnitin will showcase and discuss recent product updates.

Register here:

For more information, contact AUB Libraries:; ext. 2621/2659