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It is our great pleasure to welcome you to The American University in Cairo Libraries website. Here you will find detailed information about our services a whole range of quality resources and facilities provided to support you in your learning, teaching and research.

Through our website, you have access to the libraries' diverse and constantly expanding collections, including books, journals, videos,  microforms, rare materials and a substantial collection of electronic resources. You also have access to a variety of services, including information literacy instruction, reference and research guidance, document delivery and more.

 

About the AUC Libraries

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Mission, Vision and Values

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History

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Collections

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As an integral and active leader of the educational and academic process, the AUC libraries create an environment that provides access, tools, content and services to advance learning, teaching and research, scholarship and personal enlightenment locally and globally.

Inspiring, enabling and enhancing world-class teaching, research, scholarship and creative endeavors through our expertise, collections, facilities and services for all stages of information lifecycle; meanwhile, safeguarding our cultural and intellectual heritage and facilitating lifelong learning experience through our innovative use of technology.

In pursuing our mission, the library supports the core values of both the profession of librarianship and our parent institution, the AUC.

  • Service orientation and user-centered, we ensure that users’ needs are well addressed and exceed expectations. By providing knowledge, skills and tools, we will mentor members of the AUC community and beyond to gather, evaluate and employ information as they navigate the increasingly complex information landscape.

  • Excellence, we pursue excellence in resources and services in support of users’ intellectual needs through growing an adaptive learning environment.

  • Diversity, we value diversity in our staff, faculty and users and embrace distinctiveness of people and ideas, while promoting accessibility in our wide range of services and ensure inclusiveness. We strive to reflect the diversity of knowledge and in our approach to information service management. 

  • Collaboration, we develop communication and outreach within the campus and beyond its boundaries to showcase the library’s value and accomplishment, strengthen our contributions to the university’s mission and attract philanthropic support to tackle our priorities.

  • Integrity, we comply with international standards for accessibility and access to information to create a more open and equitable knowledge system. We protect each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality, respect intellectual property rights and support academic integrity. 

  • Lifelong learning, we aspire to be the node connecting the local learning community with the global resources of information and knowledge through our unique and responsive collections.

  • Innovation, we aspire to be a model for innovation, creativity and adaptation in research libraries and archives for the AUC community and beyond.

The AUC Library has a long history. By 1922, three years after its founding, AUC constructed a small reading room as part of the School of Oriental Studies at the Tahrir campus. By 1962, the library was located in Hill House, and in 1982, it moved into a spacious new facility on the Greek Campus. The move of the Main Library to the New Cairo Campus took place in the summer of 2008. 

The Rare Books and Special Collections Library (RBSCL, formerly the Creswell Library located in the Arabic studies department). It was inaugurated in 1990 in a turn-of-the-century villa, to open its doors in 1992. It moved to the AUC New Cairo Library building in 2010.

Both Libraries were merged into the School of Libraries and Learning Technologies in 1998. The school upholds US standards of Librarianship. It is a partner in OCLC’s SHARES network and a founding member of the AMICAL Consortium. The Library maintains memberships or representation in several professional organizations, including IFLA, ALA, EDUCAUSE, SAA, MEMP, ACLR, and MELA. 

The AUC Main Library in New Cairo has the largest academic English-language collection in Egypt but also boasts important collections of material in Arabic and other languages. Its holdings include well over half a million print volumes and more than a quarter-million eBooks.

Faculty members and students enjoy access to over 100,000 online full-text scholarly journals across all specialties. The Library maintains current subscriptions to over 250 Arabic-language periodicals, as well as holdings of more than 460 other Arabic-language journals. Additionally, the collection includes over 70,000 Arabic language monographs.

The Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Department handles more than 3,000 requests annually from the AUC community for materials that are needed for teaching and research but are not currently held in the libraries.

To know more about the AUC Libraries collections, click here.

In addition to a Learning Commons, Research and Information Services oversee research assistance and instruction offered to students and faculty. Library services also include research instruction and support in addition to the Learning Commons. 

Libraries and Learning Technologies (LALT 1010) a required one-semester course in information literacy, introduces freshmen to the fundamentals of research and encourages the critical evaluation of library resources.

To know more about the AUC Libraries services, click here.

In addition to a multimedia lab and assistive technology on the plaza level, the library offers some eighteen group study rooms, and computer stations on all floors, with over 250 public-access PCs.