Rare Books and Special Collections Library

The Rare Books and Special Collections Library was inaugurated in the spring of 1992 in a restored turn of the century villa on Sheikh Rihan Street. It operates a scholarly research facility and a teaching resource center specializing in the civilization of ancient, medieval, and modern Egypt and the region. The current holdings of over 50,000 books, manuscripts, photographs, slides, maps, and plans attract researchers from all over the world. The special collections include the Creswell Library of Islamic Art and Architecture, and the collections of Max Debbane, Selim Hassan, Labib Habachi, Mahmoud Saba, and most recently of Hassan Fathy and Van Leo. The AUC archives are also located here. The holdings of the Rare Books and Special Collections Library are searchable in the AUC Libraries' Online Catalog.

For more information please contact Philip Croom, Director, Rare Books and Special Collections Library (797-6243) or Daad Abdel Razek, Assistant Director, (2797-6246).

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