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14 Sep

Save the Date: AUB Library Open Day 2017: Library Comic-Con

In Events by AUB Libraries / September 14, 2017 / 0 Comments

Dear AUB Community,

We are glad to announce that the “AUB Library Open Day 2017: Library Comic-Con” will be held on Thursday, September 28 in Jafet Library from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Save the date and get ready for fun games and competitions, as well as many valuable prizes, giveaways and snacks!

Prizes include an iPad, an Apple watch, a Samsung tablet, prepaid cards worth $200 each, power-banks, and many, many other gifts . . .

For more information, contact Jafet on ext. 2659/2620 or via email:


07 Sep

Toubia and Letitia Hachem rare book and manuscript collection donated to AUB

In Collections,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / September 7, 2017 / 0 Comments

This article was published on the AUB Website, by the Office of Communications: 

The American University of Beirut (AUB) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Toubia and Letitia Hachem rare books and manuscripts collection to be housed in the University Archives and Special Collections Department of Jafet Library. The gift represents years of meticulous collecting by a bibliophile and art and book connoisseur. Toubia Hachem was born in Beirut, graduated from Bonaventure University in New York, did his graduate work in history at the University of Chicago and taught at AUB and then Loyola University, Chicago. He established a successful travel agency in Chicago and became a global airline executive. He never lost his passion for history; particularly theological history. Letitia Hachem studied art and is an artist. She encouraged Toubia’s collecting passion and taught him about the art world resulting in a huge collection.

Mr. Hachem’s three daughters describe their parents’ passion for books and reading. They particularly remember their father’s excitement with each new acquisition of a rare book, “He was a history professor with a special interest in French and Russian history and philosophy, but most of his knowledge was directly attributable to his life as an avid reader. He also had a deep understanding of Middle Eastern affairs, grounded in his love of history.”  The Hachem collection will live on at AUB to further feed the passions of scholars for generations to come, and will advance and strengthen the mission of AUB as a distinguished center of research, dialogue, and humanism in the region.

The Hachem Collection consists of approximately 3,000 pieces dating from the 16th century to the mid-20th century. Collection highlights include stunning examples of religious manuscripts in various formats and sizes. A wide array of geographic provenance, printing houses, disciplines, historical periods, languages, and topics are covered by the collection, as well as a broad range of formats, e.g. manuscript codices and rolls, miniature and big Qurans, folios, “pocket” books, Qurans inscribed on palm leaves, and early imprints of the Bible with ornate covers. In general, the Collection illuminates the practices of manuscript production in workshops located throughout the Russian, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan and Balkan regions, and early (16th-century onwards) European printing and publishing practices.

Several exceptional pieces await review by Jafet Library staff, notably a Syriac Bible from the 16th or 17th century, and a number of ornate one-by-one meter Qurans. Examples of early European imprints include a translation into Latin of Ibn Hayyan’s Alchemy, which is a testimony to the transfer of knowledge from the Arab world to the European Renaissance. Texts from Nubia, Abyssinia, Egypt, Palestine and the Ottoman Empire are represented, as are first editions and rare books by authors such as Cicero, Plutarch, Dante, Jean Jacques Rousseau, David Hume, Alfred de Musset, and Victor Hugo. Universal Histories, and scientific and philosophical treatises are also well represented. Additionally the Collection includes finely illustrated atlases, dictionaries with concordances, art books, and a few early Arabic serials including al Hilal and early Arabic imprints by the influential author of the late 1800s, Jurji Zaidan.

It is rare to find manuscripts, books and maps in the Levant with the scope, depth and fine quality of the Hachem Collection. It corrects a gap in the collection of Qurans from the Soviet and Balkan states, and in early, largely utilitarian Bibles, but also in early 16th- and 17th-century European imprints in the region.

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07 Sep

Day of national mourning in honor of the Lebanese Army martyrs

In News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / September 7, 2017 / 0 Comments

Dear AUB Libraries Users,

Jafet, Engineering and Architecture, Science and Agriculture Libraries will be closed on Friday, September 8, 2017 (day of national mourning in honor of the Lebanese Army martyrs).

Saab Medical Library will open from 12 noon until 12 midnight.

AUB Libraries

28 Aug

Visit by 24 emerging Ottomanists to the AUB Libraries, Archives Department: OIB’s “ Reading and Analyzing Ottoman Manuscript Sources” Workshop

In Collections,Library Staff by AUB Libraries / August 28, 2017 / 0 Comments

Around 24 emerging scholars enrolled in the Summer School Program organized by OIB “Reading and analyzing Ottoman manuscript sources” which is taking place in  Beirut, Lebanon, between the 27th and 30th of August 2017, visited the AUB Libraries Archives and Special Collections Department on the morning of August  27th.

The workshop is co-organized by the French Institute of the Near East (Ifpo), the Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB), the University of Balamand, the Lebanese University (Doctoral School of Literature, Humanities and Social Sciences), the Center for Turkish, Ottoman, Balkan and Central Asian Studies (CETOBaC), the Ankara Sosyal Bilimler Üniversitesi, the İbn Haldun Üniversitesi, and the Japan Center for Middle Eastern Studies (JaCMES) with the support of the Open Jerusalem Project. The summer school is devoted to reading and analyzing Ottoman manuscript and primary sources. This is the second edition, following the summer school of 2016 in Amman, Jordan. During the four-day program the young researchers (mostly MA and PhD candidates, but also postdocs) are introduced to ways of reading, combining and analyzing manuscript sources from various archives of the Ottoman era, produced at local, provincial and imperial levels. The aim is to overcome the initial difficulties researchers often face when working with archival material from the Ottoman period, one of which is an administrative terminology no longer in use today, and to get exposed to the archival terrain.

The scholars spent an hour at the Archives, delving into several Ottoman resources. On display were various Ottoman manuscripts from our collections, some Ottoman newspapers, magazines, periodicals, almanacs, Salnamas related to Wilayat Beirut, photos of Ottoman commissioners on visit to the Syrian Protestant College to give SPC students their medical exams on-site, photos from the late 19th century, documents related to WWI and SPC, maps and various documents related to the Ottoman provinces in the late 19th century (e.g. awqafs, legal documents related to Haifa, Beirut, etc.).

The excitement of the researchers was noticeable, as many had not been aware of the existence of these resources in the region, or at AUB. The visit was a great opportunity for the scholars to liaise with one another, exchange ideas and interests, and to get to know the Ottoman resources available at the AUB Libraries. Many will sure be back, with longer dissertation and book projects.

22 Aug

نقيب المحررين زار مكتبة يافت التذكارية في الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت وأهدى أرشيفها مجلدين نادرين لجريدة الحديث من العام 1937

In Collections,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / August 22, 2017 / 0 Comments

في أواخر الاسبوع الفائت، زار نقيب المحررين ،السيد الياس عون، يرافقه المنسق العام لمركز السلامة الإعلامية، الصحافي فادي الغوش، دائرة الأرشيف والمجموعات الخاصة في مكتبة يافت التذكارية في الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت.

وقد جال النقيب عون والسيد الغوش في الأرشيف ترافقهما مديرة قسم الأرشيف في الجامعة الأميركية  في بيروت، الدكتورة كوكب شبارو وأمينة المكتبة السيدة سمر ميقاتي واطلع النقيب والمنسق العام على محتويات هذا القسم ، وأبديا اعجابهما بالارشيف وبتنوع المجموعات فيه من مخطوطات قيمة وكتب قديمة ونادرة يعود تاريخ بعضها الى القرن السادس عشر. ولفتهما كذلك غنى الأرشيف بالملصقات السياسة والفنية والصور والبطاقات البريدية.

وقد أثنيا بشكل خاص على مجموعات المجلات والجرائد القديمة مثل “المقتطف” و”السلنامة” و”الطبيب”  و”الآداب” و”الأديب” و”الجامعة العثمانية” و”المقتبس”… واطلعا على الاوراق الخاصة لأعلام كبار في الصحافة وللأكاديميين والمفكريين العرب أمثال جرجي زيدان، قسطنطين زريق، أسد رستم، فيليب حتي، وأوراق كبار الموسيقيين كالأستاذ زكي ناصيف والدكتور وليد غلمية.

وقد لفت النقيب عون الطريقة المتبعة في حفظ الموجودات، وهي طريقة علمية تراعي المعايير العالمية في حفظ وترميم وأرشفة الوثائق. وأشاد النقيب بغنى هذا الارشيف وبأهميته واعتبره حافظا للتراث والتاريخ.

وبعد أن تفقد النقيب كافة اقسام الارشيف وتعرف على محتوياته، قدم مجلدين نادرين من جريدة “الحديث” التي تأسست سنة 1936على يد الصحافي الياس حرفوش.

تسلمت المجلدين الدكتورة شبارو والسيدة ميقاتي واثنتا على قيمتهما التاريخية، واعتبرتا هذين المجلدين “قيمة مضافة” للمجموعات الثمينة في الارشيف التي يستند عليها كثير من المفكريين والأكاديميين في دراساتهم وأبحاثهم.

بدأت جريدة الحديث بالصدور سنة  1937، وكانت تجمع في مكاتبها كبار السياسيين والصحافيين وشخصيات بارزة أمثال رياض الصلح. وتحولت هذه الجريدة الى منبر للمعارضة السياسية ضد عهد الرئيس بشارة الخوري. وفي تلك الفترة تولى السيد علي الحسيني والد رئيس مجلس النواب السابق حسين الحسيني رئاسة تحريرها. و قد أفادنا النقيب عون أن الجريدة توقفت أيام الحرب العالمية الثانية، لتعود وتصدر بعد انتهاء الحرب 1948- 1949.  وكان من كبار كتابها الصحافي وديع عون والأب يوسف عون، واعتبرت من أهم الجرائد اللبنانية. وأضاف النقيب انها تحولت سنة 1956الى مجلة أسبوعية واستمرت بالصدور بالاشتراك مع رشدي المعلوف حتى وفاة صاحبها عام 1960. وقد  تولى النقيب  بشارة عون رئاسة تحريرها من 1958 حتى 1960.

في الختام تعتبر مكتبة الجامعة أن كل تقدمة للمكتبة هي قيمة مضافة تساعد في اغناء مجموعاتها وبالتالي في الانماء الثقافي والحفاظ  على التراث الجماعي وفي المساعدة في البحت العلمي وتوثيقه.

19 Jun

Walid Gholmieh’s rich archive donated to AUB University Libraries

In Collections,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / June 19, 2017 / 0 Comments

This article was posted on the AUB Website: and was written by Dana Abed- Office of Advancement

The American University of Beirut (AUB) received the musical heritage of the late Dr. Walid Gholmieh, which will be kept in the archives of the University Libraries to be utilized by researchers and musicians. Dr. Gholmieh’s widow, Mrs. Elham Gholmieh, and family worked with Associate Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Salma Oueida and Associate University Librarian for Archives and Special Collections Dr. Kaoukab Chebaro, among others, to compile the archive and prepare for its transfer to AUB, which was accomplished on June 14.

Dr. Walid Georges Gholmieh, who passed away in 2011, was director of the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music. He earned a degree in Mathematics from AUB before dedicating his life to music. He is considered to be one of the most prominent Middle Eastern conductors and composers. Gholmieh held a PhD in musicology and composed numerous symphonies and other musical compositions. He collaborated with many conductors and performers and was the recipient of multiple international awards.

According to Mrs. Gholmieh, AUB was very dear to Dr. Gholmieh’s heart and he always wanted his collection to be transferred to the University.

“AUB is the most important institution in the Middle East that preserves the cultural heritage of prominent artists. Walid wanted dearly to preserve that and keep it in safe hands for generations to come,” said Mrs. Gholmieh. “Walid made sure his intentions of transferring his collection are expressed to Dr. Nabil Nassif [director of the Zaki Nassif Program for Music at AUB] and, after his passing, we started with the execution of his wishes in collaboration with AUB.”

Dr. Chebaro explained the importance of the archival papers to be kept in Jafet Library, saying that Dr. Gholmieh was “a forward looking humanist, one who is simultaneously deeply rooted in his culture, language, and heritage.”

“The AUB Archives, University Libraries is thrilled to receive the archival papers of Dr. Gholmieh: preserving our cultural heritage, availing it to researchers, upholding and demonstrating its continued scholarly and humanistic relevance for a wide audience, both within the realm of academia and beyond, is a core mission of AUB,” said Chebaro.

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26 May

Exhibit – “Crucial Turns: A Critical Mapping of Art at AUB”

In Events by AUB Libraries / May 26, 2017 / 0 Comments

AUB faculty, students and staff gathered on the evening of Tuesday, May 23rd at the Nami Jafet Memorial Library for the opening ceremony of a capstone exhibition curated by three AUB Art History students displaying material depicting critical turns in Art at AUB since in the foundation of the Fine Art Department since the 1950s.

The exhibit is curated by Katharine Gordon, Lama El Khatib and Nour Osseiran, all three of which are AUB students, who initiated and completed this project as part of the “Theories, Methods, and Practices of Curating” (AHIS284) seminar at AUB; a seminar that acts as a capstone for the students within the Art History major.

The course is instructed by Angela Harutyunyan, Associate Professor at the Department of Fine Arts and Art History at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, AUB, who said that the importance of this exhibit is that it is a first attempt to bring to light the rich history of art at AUB as formed by and formative of the art scene in Beirut and Lebanon at large. For the students, it is an opportunity to understand and historicize art and art history education that they themselves are undergoing.

The exhibit gives tribute to artists such as Walid Sadek, Daniele Genadry, David Kurani, Arthur Frick, and John Carswell. The material displayed include original paintings that were generously provided by the artists, in addition to photos, sketches, posters and other primary sources found at the Archives and Special Collections department at the University Libraries.

The exhibit will remain on display at the lobby at Jafet Library until Friday, June 2nd.

The curators believe that the exhibition brings together a montage of key moments and figures in and around the Art Department at AUB since its inception and throughout its tumultuous history by using archival material, which provide a general overview of what has been documented – from 1946 until today. Presenting these documents alongside contemporary art works, the curators hope to engage the audience in a critical journey of the art department at AUB.

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18 May

Exhibit: AUB 150th memorial silver coins at Jafet Library

In Uncategorized by AUB Libraries / May 18, 2017 / 0 Comments

The Advancement Office and the University Libraries are pleased to invite you to an exhibit featuring several memorial silver coins which were issued by the Lebanese Central Bank on the occasion of AUB’s 150th anniversary.

The coins come in five distinguished shapes, and are issued in limited editions. They represent Main Gate, College Hall, Assembly Hall, The Observatory and the Green Field.

The coins will be on display next to some historical photos of the featured monuments in the lobby of Jafet Memorial Library until July 31st, 2017.

To inquire about the possibility of acquiring a coin or a set (a box of all five coins), please visit this webpage or contact the Office of Advancement at: Tel: 961-1-340176 Ext: 2530- Email: 

Click here to read AUB’s Press Release about the topic.

01 May

University Libraries’ Opening Hours: Reading and Exams periods (May 3 –18, 2017)

In Uncategorized by AUB Libraries / May 1, 2017 / 0 Comments

Below is the schedule of the AUB Libraries during the Reading and Exams periods (May 3 – May 18, 2017):

On the first day of the reading period, i.e. Wednesday, May 3, 2017, Jafet Library will open at 7:00 am. On the last day of the exams period, Thursday, May 18, 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 & ArchitectureScience and Agriculture Libraries:
Monday – Friday (7:00 am – 9:00 pm)
Saturday (8:00 am –
5:00 pm)
Sunday (Closed)

On Thursday, May 18, Engineering & ArchitectureScience 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

11 Apr

University Libraries’ schedule during the Easter Holiday

In Uncategorized by AUB Libraries / April 11, 2017 / 0 Comments

Dear AUB Libraries Users,

 The following is AUB Libraries’ schedule during the Easter Holiday:

Jafet Library:

Friday, April 14, 2017                                  Closed

Saturday, April 15, 2017                              8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 16 , 2017                               Closed

Monday, April 17, 2017                               12:00 noon – 9:00 p.m.


Science and Engineering Libraries:

Friday, April 14, 2017                                  Closed

Saturday, April 15, 2017                              Closed

Sunday, April 16, 2017                                Closed

Monday, April 17, 2017                                Closed


Saab Medical Library:

Friday, April 14, 2017                                  Closed

Saturday, April 15, 2017                              8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 16, 2017                                12:00 noon – 12:00 midnight

Monday, April 17, 2017                               12:00 noon – 12:00 midnight


Happy Easter

AUB Libraries