Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

AUC Libraries Spring 2021 Schedule and Services

Due to the COVID-19 situation, we have shifted to a fully online mode for the remainder of the semester.

In the Main Library, the plaza and garden levels will be accessible from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Sunday through Thursday. All workspaces must be booked in advance using the online booking system.

The maximum capacity of the plaza level has been set at 100 persons. When the plaza level is at full capacity no other users will be admitted to the building. All spaces will be sanitized regularly.

The Rare Books and Special Collections Library will open from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm on Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays. 

In the meantime, we will continue to provide contactless access to faculty, students, and staff: databases, eBooks, eJournals, digital historical collections, are available through this website. Contactless hardcopy checkouts will be available via the Pepsi Gate.

Faculty, Students, Staff Library Borrowing and Use

Electronic Materials

The Library recommends all students, faculty, and staff to rely on the vast number of electronic books, journals, and other materials available online. The main Library subscribes to 150+ databases for all academic programs and research.

Databases provide premium access to a wealth of useful research materials--from primary resources, academic journals, business data, and newspapers to video streaming and more for learning and research. 

Open Access Resources
Databases by Title
Databases by Subject
Main Library eBooks

Access to licensed resources is by affiliation to AUC, while access to Egyptian Knowledge Bank (EKB) and LLT’s digital historical collections are both free.

Many free eBooks and Open Education Resources (OER) are available at www.creativecommons.org, www.openstax.org and https://www.oercommons.org/hubs/minnesota

For any inquiries or problems, contact eresources@aucegypt.edu and our expert team will respond and attend to your issue as soon as it is possible.

Hardcopy Materials

  • Borrowing hardcopy books is possible by sending an email to circadmin@aucegypt.edu one business day in advance. For questions, email, call, or visit:


  • Faculty who have access to campus may request books and media by filling out the online form, and may pick up the requested items at the side entrance to the Library building (by appointment only).

  • All other users must use the online form and collect their requested books at the Pepsi Gate (by appointment).

Reserve Collection

Reserves will be available online only, while hardcopy items placed in reserves by faculty for student use will not be available during the winter and spring semesters. The Library strongly encourages faculty to use electronic materials for their courses and can purchase electronic versions of requested materials if available at a reasonable cost. To submit requests, click here

The Library can also inquire into the availability of any electronic book title, but kindly note that electronic textbooks are rarely available to the Library for institutional access. Faculty should contact the AUC Bookstore at textbook@aucegypt.edu.

Library Help and Research Access

AUC students, faculty and staff are encouraged to reach out to the library:

Off-Campus Library Research Assistance and Referral

Subject librarians with expertise in specific areas are available for remote consultations via phone t+ 202.2615.3770 from 8.30 am till 4:00 pm or, or at any time via email at library@aucegypt.edu.

Research Consultations

Main Library research consultation will be conducted via Zoom by an appointment. Make sure to schedule these appointments at least one day ahead of time by emailing library@aucegypt.edu.

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

  • General inquiries, contact Walaa Temrazt+ 202.2615.2862
  • Egyptology, contact Amr Kamel, t+ 202.2615.3677
  • Islamic art 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.

24/7 Chat services

Community members can get help from a librarian anytime during the day, seven days a week, from home. This service is staffed by AUC Librarians in addition to librarians from other academic libraries available to answer questions during off-hours or at peak periods. Go to https://library.aucegypt.edu/ and click on the LIVE CHAT tab and fill out the form and click on Start Chat.


Group Study Rooms

Until further notice, Group Study Rooms and the Learning Commons are closed to the public, along with all library facilities available to AUC faculty, students, and staff.

Adaptive Technology

Students needing adaptive technology equipment and software must contact library@aucegypt.edu or call 02.261.53770 for assistance and setting up a pickup appointment, as feasible.

Article/Chapter Delivery

The AUC libraries can deliver book chapters or articles, within the copyright law, from its collection and from other libraries directly at no charge. The delivery service is available to current members of its community.

For further inquiries, contact docdel@aucegypt.edu.


The Digitization Lab will continue to offer digitization and copy services, within copyright regulations, during working hours. Normally documents will be delivered in digital format via email.

For further assistance, kindly contact rbscl-ref@aucegypt.edu

External Users

AUC Libraries remain inaccessible to external visitors and others without a bona fide affiliation to AUC. This includes visiting scholars, faculty and students from other institutions, alumni, etc. For questions contact:


Social Media Contact

Students and faculty can message the library their inquiries and requests online through:

The Library's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AUCLibrary/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aucmainlibrary/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AUC_Library
RBSCL Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AUCRareBooksandSpecialCollectionsLibrary
RBSCL Twitter: https://twitter.com/auc_rbscl