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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Library Services


Effective September 5, 2021, the AUC Library will reopen all floors exclusively for students, faculty and staffPlaza and Ground levels are open 24/7.

NOTE: Seating will be through an online reservation system OR at the booking counter in the Library foyer. Bookings are based on availability.
 

All library operations will remain in line with University regulations and safety measures, including social distancing and mask-wearing inside the building at all times. 

Check the Library Locations and Hours page for information about current opening hours.

All floors will be open; however, seating will be through an online reservation system or at the Libraries and Learning Technologies foyer based on availability. 

Alumni, external scholars, researchers and visitors will be assisted online only and offered access to materials digitally as allowable by fair use/copyright guidelines and controlled digital lending practices developed to address library closures over the past 18 months. 

Faculty and students who are in self-isolation will be served on a case-by-case basis. 

General Guidelines

All floors are open to access the collections; however, seating for studying, computer use, etc., is by reservation. Anyone entering the library is expected to wear a mask at all times and to comply with social distancing rules. The online reservation system is up, so reserve your time slot on the library website. A two-hour limit is in place given the limitation on seating during Fall 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. Reservations can be made at the LLT foyer during library hours, depending on the availability of seats and space across the building. 

Those entering LLT must adhere to the following: 

  • Only individual study is possible (no congregating – social distancing to be maintained at all times)
  • Group study rooms are available from 8:30 am until 9:30 pm. Only two people are allowed per study room
  • Food and drinks may not be consumed inside the building
  • The library will not provide headphones; users must bring their own if they plan to attend online classes during their two-hour library access period
  • Movement of furniture or equipment is not permitted as they have been repositioned for safety measures and social distancing 
  • Observing the designated quiet and silent floors is expected and required
  • The library reserves the right to refuse access to anyone that cannot comply with the above

Help Desk and Research Help

The help desk on the plaza level will be staffed and available to provide in-person support to those in the library. Virtual library services and support will continue to be offered to those that cannot access the campus, including external users. 

For research support or questions of any kind, contact the library through the 24/7 “Ask Us” chat service on the library website or by email at library@aucegypt.edu

Document delivery requests can be made for articles and individual book chapters not currently held by the AUC Library.

Note that delivery times may vary and are subject to a variety of factors during this period.

Main Library inquiries general inquiries, research questions and appointments: library@aucegypt.edu

Borrowing and reserves: circadmin@aucegypt.edu 

Database access: eResources@aucegypt.edu 

External users: externalsrv@aucegypt.edu 

The Rare Books and Special Collections Library will make every effort possible to assist faculty and students requiring access to the University’s research materials. Any member of the community requiring such assistance must first arrange for an interview with a librarian by contacting Walaa Temraz.

RBSCL curators are available for remote consultations via phone, email, or online (e.g. Zoom or Facebook).

  • General Inquiries, contact Walaa Temraz, t+ 202.2615.2862
  • Egyptology, Rare Books Collection, contact Amr Kamel, t+ 202.2615.3677
  • Islamic Aart and architecture, maps, historical magazines and Egyptian Gardens Project, contact Eman Morgan, t+ 202.26153653
  • Regional Architecture, contact Balsam Saleh, t+ 202.2615.2923
  • Regional Photography and Cinema Collections, contact Ola Seif, t+ 202.2615.3673
  • University Archives and Records Management, contact Nada Yassen for archival collections and University archives t+ 202. 2615.3167 and Aisha Abu Bakr for AUC records management t+202.2615.3684.