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22 Sep

Undergraduate Workshop 2: “Avoid Plagiarism, Get Help Citing your Sources”

In Workshops by AUB Libraries / September 22, 2017 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries and the Writing Center invite you to attend the 2nd Undergraduate Workshop: “Avoid Plagiarism, Get Help Citing your Sources”

(MLA, APA, Citation tools, etc.)

Join us to

  • Learn how to avoid plagiarism
  • Find out why, when and how to cite
  • Discover tips and tricks to help you simplify the citation process
Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Time:12:30pm – 1:30pm
Location: Antoun Ghattas Karam e-Classroom – Jafet Library
19 Sep

Opening Hours: Hijra New Year- September 21

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

AUB Libraries’ schedule on Wednesday, September 20 and Thursday, September 21, 2017 (Hijra New Year).


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Jafet, Science, and Engineering Libraries will close at 9:00 pm

Saab Medical Library: 7:00 am – 12 midnight


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Jafet Libray: will open from 12 noon to 9 pm

Science and Engineering Libraries: closed

Saab Medical library: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

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

07 Sep

Undergraduate Workshop 1: “Introduction to University Research and Writing”

In Workshops by AUB Libraries / September 7, 2017 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries and the Writing Center invite you to attend the 1st Undergraduate Workshop

“Introduction to University Research and Writing”

  • Find resources at the Library
  • Learn how to conduct research effectively
  • Get free writing consultations

Register here:  

Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Time: 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Place: Antoun Ghattas Karam E-Classroom


For further details, call Jafet library on ext. 2621/2629 or e-mail us on:

05 Sep

Scientific Author Seminar

In Workshops by AUB Libraries / September 5, 2017 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries invites you to an upcoming workshop entitled

” Scientific Author Seminar”

When? Tuesday September 12th, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Where? Antoun Ghattas Karam e-Classroom- Jafet Library

Presenter : Marc Chahin, Executive Publisher, Elsevier

Register here:

Come and learn about:

  • The academic publishing industry
  • Publishing ethics
  • How to get published
  • The peer-review process / reviewers’ comments
  • Getting your paper noticed
05 Sep

User Training Workshop: Scopus & ScienceDirect

In Workshops by AUB Libraries / September 5, 2017 / 0 Comments

The University Libraries invites you to:

“User Training Workshop: Scopus and ScienceDirect”

When? Wednesday September 13th at 11:00 am

Where? Antoun Ghattas Karam e-Classroom- Jafet Library

Presenter: Ms. Ozge Gizem Sertdemir- Customer Consultant Core Content for Iran, Gulf and Central Asia -Elsevier

Register here:  

The workshop includes a brief introduction to Scopus and ScienceDirect, along with the updates and enhancements on their platforms.

The remaining part of the workshop will be a hands-on interactive session with the speaker to address questions and needs of the attendees.

30 Aug

AUB Libraries’ schedule during Eid Al-Adha

In Library Staff,News and Announcements by AUB Libraries / August 30, 2017 / 0 Comments

Dear AUB Libraries Users,

Below is the schedule of the AUB Libraries during Eid Al-Adha:

Jafet – Science and Engineering Libraries

Friday, September 1, 2017: Closed

Saturday, September 2, 2017: Closed

Saab Medical Library

Closed only on the first day of Eid

Adha Mubarak!

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.