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The AUC Libraries newsletter brings you the latest news about Library events, new resources, rare collections as well as physical and virtual services to support your academic endeavor and learning experience.


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Smithsonian Institution Head Lonnie Bunch Tours RBSCL

On March 14, the Rare Books and Special Collections Library (RBSCL) hosted Lonnie Bunch, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex. Bunch is the first African American and historian to lead the Smithsonian. He and his wife were shown a collection of highlights like drawings by architect Hassan Fathy, portraits by photographer Van-Leo, historical maps and magazines, and rare books like Napoleonic-era Description de l' Égypte. They also viewed University archived documents revealing a half-century relationship between the Smithsonian and The American University in Cairo (AUC). For more collections, check out RBSCL's digital library.

RBSCL Digital Library

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March of Egyptian Women, Activate the Archives

Ahram Online newspaper published on a weekly basis a series of articles on Egyptian feminist leaders such as Huda Sharaawi, Doria Shafik, Nabawia Moussa and Aziza Hussein, as part of its March of Egyptian Women series, based on holdings at the RBSCL such as archives, historical magazines, and books.

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Meet a Mushaf

During the holy month of Ramadan, AUC's library showcased a variety of rare and interesting Quran manuscripts and old printed editions from Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Turkey. Students of various majors, instructors and even AUC’s guests were very interested and connected with the displayed Mushafs. Among the visitors was Ramzi Baalbaki, a very well-known linguist and lexicographer who co-authored the famous Al-Mawrid dictionary. The showcase took place every weekday during the assembly hour. For further information, check out the Arabic Manuscripts Collection at RBSCL's digital library.

Arabic Manuscripts Collection


The Common Reading Experience Introduces Poetry by the Waterfall

Students and members of the AUC community were invited, once a week throughout spring 2023, to join Liberal Arts Librarian Benjamin Carter and the RHET Department's Melanie Carter for an open discussion of poetry and ideas by the AUC Waterfall. Openness to art thought and the possibility of having one's mind blown were the only preparations that were required.

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Have you seen the library’s new A-Z list of databases?

Take a look at the library’s new platform for hosting and searching for scholarly databases. The platform provides easy filtering by subjects, type of resources, and vendors or allows searching by name. It is very easy to copy and paste the resource and share it with your students or colleagues.

A-Z Databases

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Georgetown University Students Visit the Rare Books and Special Collections Library

“It was exciting to see the amazing collections of the Rare Books and Special Collections Library that you have developed and are on display and are available to researchers. What treasures!” said Rochelle A Davis, ​Sultanate of Oman's associate professor of cultural anthropology, Georgetown University, with her Cultural Heritage in the Arab World classmates. To know more about how to do research at the RBSCL, visit the RBSCL research page.

RBSCL Research

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Arabic Manuscripts Collection

Another wonderful set of materials was digitized and added to the RBSCL digital library by the Digitization Center. Arabic Manuscripts are valuable sources of information, great evidence of our existence and our culture. The digitization of historical collections is the best way to preserve written history and transform the potential of historical data for research. Collections are such as al-Juzʼ al-Sābiʻ min al-Rabʻah al-Sharīfah (Makhaṭūṭah) (1281-1864), Lafẓ al-arbaʻīn (19th Century) and Qatf̣ al-anwār min rawdạt al-azhār (18th and 19th century).

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MyLibrary! AUC Library App … Anywhere, Everywhere

MyLibrary! helps patrons to engage no matter where they are. The application provides instant access to all library resources, which is a perfect response to the mobile nature of library users. For example: perform a keyword search to check the availability and place holds, scan ISBN barcodes to retrieve available formats such as print, ebook and video, connect with the library's social media platforms, view and renew your checked-out items, and use the application instead of your ID card to check out items.

If you have a problem logging in, visit the Library One Stop Service Desk or send us an email.

MyLibrary! App Guide


Cooperation of AUC Libraries with ARCE

As per AUC libraries’ partnership activities, AUC and the American Research Center in Egypt (ACRE) have agreed to cooperate in supporting researchers in various disciplines. AUC community members can benefit from the ARCE's specialized resources in their academic and research work. For further information on ARCE resources, visit the website.

ARCE Website

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Need to borrow a laptop?

The Library One-Stop Service provides a laptop borrowing service for availing a working primary laptop device to ensure helping those who are most in need. Laptops can be borrowed for a maximum of 30 days by current full-time AUC students, faculty, and staff with valid ID cards. Laptop borrowing is governed by the laptop borrowing policy. Hurry up and visit us at the One Stop Service Desk at the plaza level or contact us by email.

Laptop Borrowing Service

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Need a digital copy of the Library owned or unowned articles or book chapters?

The document delivery service delivers electronic copies of articles and/or book chapters from the AUC collections and/or requests electronic copies of journal articles and/or book chapters from international libraries on the users’ behalf within 24 hours. This service is guided by the document delivery policy and is provided to AUC faculty, currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, staff, as well as alumni, registered external users, and overseas researchers. For any questions or assistance, contact us by email.

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My Library Account New Login Methods

My Library Account will use the new AUC Single Sign-On (SSO) for a seamless access experience.

Login using the AUC ID card will also be available by entering the barcode on the back of your ID card, e.g., "28534”. The password is your birth date in the form DDMMMYY; e.g., if your birth date is 21 March 2004, your password will be 21MAR04.

If you have a problem logging in, visit the Library One Stop Service Desk, or send us an email.

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In Research Support Through 24/7 Live Chat

The virtual live chat service 24/7 Ask Us links users with reference librarians. The live chat is open every day of the week, 24 hours a day. A reference librarian will be able to assist you with queries regarding locating materials in our collections or in online resources as well as in specialized databases. We can also assist you in finding effective search strategies to streamline your research. For research support or questions, visit our website or contact us by email.

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