The Rare Books and Special Collections Library’s core mission is to support teaching and scholarship at AUC, but also welcomes requests from users from outside the university who have specific needs for RBSCL materials. Reference assistance is available via email, telephone, or postal mail; if you are planning an on-site visit, please notify library staff in advance to discuss your research needs. External users who plan to use the library extensively must apply for a user card and pay applicable fees. See the AUC Library External Users Policy for more information.
Exhibitions and Tours
Visitors are welcome to view RBSCL exhibitions and materials. Visitors must bring an AUC identification card, passport or Egyptian government identification card in order to gain access to the Rare Books and Special Collections Library. Exhibitions are regularly announced on the RBSCL website , the AUC website , and in the Egyptian press. Group tours of the Rare Books and Special Collections Library can be arranged by contacting AUC's Office of Communications and Marketing. To arrange tours or demonstrations for AUC classes, faculty should contact RBSCL staff to discuss their needs.
Journalism and Publication/Broadcasting
Journalists or media enterprises wishing to cover Rare Books Library events, interview library staff, or make photographic, digital, or motion picture reproductions of its materials should contact AUC's Office of Communications and Marketing. An Application for Permission to Publish, Broadcast, or Quote from Rare Books and Special Collections Library Materials must be completed if library holdings will be reproduced for display in books, documentaries, or other formats.