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


Mission, Vision and Values



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Libraries and Learning Technologies 2020 - 2021

AUC Libraries and Learning Technologies consist the Main Library and the Rare Books and Special Collections Library.

The mission of the AUC Libraries is to be 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. AUC Libraries are accessible online here.

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 the 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.

AUC Libraries and Learning Technologies (LLT) stands at the core of the University’s academic mission. LLT can claim a century-long legacy of contributions to the University: within two years of its 1919 founding, AUC began developing a library.

With a million print and electronic books, and access to hundreds of thousands of journals and other related materials, the Library offers the depth and breadth of resources essential to the teaching and research needs of a university grounded in the liberal arts.

The Rare Books and Special Collections Library within LLT collects, preserves, and disseminates primary sources about the culture and society of Egypt and the Middle East in physical and digital formats.

Beyond its collections, LLT provides educational programs in Information Literacy, and offers learning technologies and services including support for students with special needs.

LLT 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 and representation in several professional organizations, including IFLA, ALA, EDUCAUSE, SAA, MEMP, ACRL, and MELA. 

By maintaining an extensive and ambitious array of resources, services, programs and relationships, AUC Libraries make an impact in Egypt, the region, and beyond. This has been recognized by the UNESCO/Jikji Award for documentary heritage efforts.

As a state-of-the-art academic library aligned with current US and international professional standards, LLT offers:

LLT is driven by excellence, and strives to be at the core of the academic mission of the university, implementing innovation and standing as a model for the region.


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