The Rare Books and Special Collections Library (RBSCL) supports research and teaching about the culture and society of Egypt and the Middle East, and documents the region’s modern, medieval, and ancient heritage. Major collecting areas include Egyptology, Islamic art and architecture, modern Egyptian and regional architecture, the arts, religion and Coptic studies, travel literature, and society and politics (including women’s history), and maps. The Library also houses the American University in Cairo’s University Archives and AUC Records Management.
RBSCL exhibitions showcase its treasures and the stories they tell. On display on the third floor of the library (as well as other campus and off-campus locations), exhibitions are open to the public and free of charge. See Visiting the Library to plan your visit.