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20 Dec

UL Opening Hours-Dec 23, 2016 till Jan 23, 2017

In Collections,Events by AUB Libraries / December 20, 2016 / 0 Comments

Kindly find below the AUB Libraries schedule from Friday, December 23, 2016 till Monday, January 23, 2017:

Jafet Library

  • From December 23 to January 1: open every day from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm and CLOSED on Sundays (December 25 and January 1)
  • From January 2 to January 23: Monday – Thursday: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm and Friday – Sunday: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, January 24 on: resume regular hours


  • Friday, December 23 – Monday, December 26: CLOSED
  • Tuesday, December 27 – Thursday, December 29: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Friday, December 30 – Sunday, January 1: CLOSED
  • Monday, January 2 – Thursday, January 5: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Friday, January 6 – Sunday, January 8: CLOSED
  • Monday, January 9 – Monday, January 23: 8 am – 5 pm and CLOSED on Saturdays and Sundays
  • Tuesday, January 24 on: resume regular hours

Saab Medical Library (SML)

  • December 23: 12 noon – 12 midnight
  • December 24: 8:00am. – 8:00pm.
  • December 25: closed
  • December 26: 12 noon – 12 midnight
  • December 27: 7:00am. – 12 midnight
  • December 28: 7:00am. – 12 midnight
  • December 29: 7:00am. – 12 midnight
  • December 30: 12 noon – 12 midnight
  • December 31: 8:00am. – 5:00pm.
  • January 1st: closed
  • January 2nd and on: resume regular hours
07 Dec

Library exhibition sheds light on AUB’s role during World Wars

In Collections,Events by AUB Libraries / December 7, 2016 / 0 Comments

This article was published on the AUB website’s News Section on December 6th, 2016: 

Established in 1866, the American University of Beirut (AUB) stood firm, surviving many wars, including World War I and World War II. The Archives and Special Collections department at the Jafet Library organized an exhibit recounting the story of how AUB survived the tough days of WWI and WWII. The exhibit in Malhas Common Room, West Hall, features photos, documents, letters, diaries, posters, pamphlets, and oral history interviews from its archival collections.

Dr. Kaoukab Chebaro, Associate University Librarian for Archives and Special Collections, explained to us that the purpose of the exhibit is to highlight the difficult times through which AUB survived, for the tough times tell you a lot about the identity of the University.

“During WWI, AUB played a vital role of resilience through its medical center, by rationing sustainability and offering the citizens medical care and food,” she said. “After WWI, AUB made the transition from being a college to becoming a university; it witnessed a change of name from Syrian Protestant College to American University of Beirut, and became a full-blown liberal arts model.”

During WWII, Chebaro insists the role AUB played was societal and diplomatic. After WWII, AUB had a regional impact influencing the rise of Arab nationalism. Although Lebanon was not as badly affected by the war in comparison to WWI when one third of the population died, WWII was what Chebaro calls “a push and pull” politically.

“During those times Lebanon gained its independence, and many students were granted medals by the state of Lebanon for avidly participating in the protests against the French,” she said, “AUB graduates of those times had key ideas that shaped that century, and that’s due to the Liberal Arts program they followed during their years as students; in the 1945 San Francisco Conference leading to the declaration of the UN, AUB had the biggest proportion of graduates attending the conference, charted as representatives of their states.”

Amazing collection

Mrs Samar Mikati, Librarian at the archives and Special Collections, told us about the richness of the documents they found as they were bringing together this exhibition.

“It was hard to choose the material to uncover, however, we know that there are some areas that weren’t properly covered in the exhibit, we lack documents about the 40s and the 50s,” she said.

Chebaro and Mikati proceeded to thank the dedicated team that worked tirelessly to put the exhibition together, with a special thank you to graduate student Nichola Larkins who devotedly participated in the background research and played a solid role in the execution of the exhibit.

The exhibit was launched in a ceremony attended by President Fadlo R. Khuri, former President Peter Dorman and a number of staff, faculty, and visitors, on December 5. Dr. Lokman Meho, Director of University Libraries, opened the ceremony with a speech thanking the staff for putting this exhibit together and emphasizing on the fact that this only a small part of what the collection found at the archives.

“Visit us in Jafet, you will be amazed with the amount of material that we can provide you with for your research,” said Meho.

President Khuri highlighted the role AUB played during the wars, often as the safest place in the city. According to him, the leadership of AUB was able to rise as hero during those difficult times. He believes the exhibition to be very significant at the end of this celebratory year.

“We are getting close to closing the celebrations, and two days exactly from the 150th anniversary it is fitting that the archives and special collections at Jafet libraries should treat us to this magnificent exhibition where the focus is on some of the most impactful moments of this university’s history,” he said.

Dr. Abdelrahim Abu Husayn, Professor of History at the Department of History and Archaeology, then took the podium to further emphasize on the role of the University during the wars, especially World War I when it provided citizens with medical relief. Abu Husayn also spoke about the importance of documenting history.

“There is always another side to history that it not properly told or is not properly documented. I issue a call to donate whatever material individuals have on WWII and the Lebanese Civil War to Jafet,” said Abu Husayn, “Jafet Library will not only organize it and preserve it, but it will also make it available to the public.”

The exhibit will be running until the December 9. For more online exhibits follow this link

07 Nov

The University Libraries host a book discussion about Linda Jacobs’ book, telling the story of the Syrian colony of New York City between 1880 and 1900

In Collections,Events by AUB Libraries / November 7, 2016 / 0 Comments

More than 50 AUB community members, local authors and book lovers, as well as friends gathered on the afternoon of Friday, November 4th at Jafet library’s lobby to discuss Dr. Linda K. Jacobs’ book entitled “Strangers in the West: The Syrian Colony of New York City, 1880-1900”.

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 emergence and development of this distinctive community.

   The book discussion was moderated by Dr. Anaheed Al-Hardan, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies at AUB. Al-Hardan commenced the event by welcoming everyone to the AUB Libraries and to the event, letting them know about the book signing at the end of the discussion, and about the exhibit that the library put together in parallel to this event. She then presented Jacobs, talking about her educational and professional background and highlighting the importance of the topic, book and discussion.

After the welcoming word, Jacobs took the stage and told the story of the Arbeely family, which tells how the “first Syrian immigrant family” constructed an Arab and American identity by deliberately displaying both Eastern and Western faces. She gave a brief biography for each member of the family and spoke about their education and successes and about how they reflected on the Arab cultural and social qualities, even with things like their wardrobe, dancing, sword fights, prayers, or “arguilehs”. At the end of the presentation, Jacobs and the audience were happy to know that there were Arbeely family members present among the attendees during the event.

Unfolding the journey of writing this book, which began by putting the idea into perspective and then gathering all the information and challenging herself to put everything down on paper, Jacobs said that what triggered the whole process was her curiosity to know more about her grandparents and about their history.

Describing her book, Jacobs said that it is the “first and only book of its kind” telling the story of the Manhattan Arab colony “as it was, without racism”.

The audience’s participation was insightful and thought-provoking. Several attendees addressed Jacobs asking her about her book and her presentation, in addition to other areas of research related to Arab immigrants.

Asked about why the University Libraries chose to host this event, Dr. Lokman Meho, Director of the University Libraries said “The library attempts to always play a key role in the AUB community’s cultural and intellectual advancement. After all, the Library is the intellectual hub of the University. We couldn’t be happier to host this event and to welcome Dr. Jacobs at the libraries. “

The book discussion was followed by a book signing event, managed by Librairie Antoine, where event attendees received signed versions of their new copies of “Strangers in the West”.

An exhibit on Arab Immigration to America accompanied the event and will hold at Jafet Library-AUB until November 11th, showcasing photos, books, and content from the Arab press in America, all covering the Arab immigration to America. All exhibited material is from the AUB Libraries’ collections.

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02 Nov

Exhibit: ”Arab Immigration to America”

In Collections,Events by AUB Libraries / November 2, 2016 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries are holding an exhibit  entitled: ”Arab Immigration to America

The exhibit includes photos, books, and content from the Arab press in America.

Where? Jafet Lobby-Exhibitions Area

When? November 4th till November 11th – All day

We invite you all to visit the exhibit and enjoy the University Libraries’ collections about this topic to learn more about the Arab immigration and to celebrate their successes abroad.

NOTE: This event is taking place in tandem with Dr. Linda K. Jacobs’ “Strangers in the West” book discussion hosted by the libraries on Friday, November 4th at 4:00 pm

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:

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: