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Rare Books and Special Collections Library (RBSCL)

AUC’s Rare Books and Special Collections Library promotes learning and research about the history, society, and arts of Egypt and the Middle East through collections of primary-source documentation and other scholarly resources.

The RBSCL documents ancient, medieval, and modern Egypt and the wider region, with strengths in Egyptology, Islamic art and architecture, photography, and Egyptian and regional architecture of the 20th century. The library features extensive rare and contemporary book and periodical holdings, and archival and manuscript collections reflecting Egyptian social, political, cultural, and intellectual life. RBSCL also houses the university's archives, which highlight more than one hundred years of AUC history.

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Visiting and Doing Research

The Rare Books and Special Collections Library warmly welcomes visitors and researchers. Our team looks forward to showcasing our heritage treasures, and supporting research by students, faculty, scholars, and others at AUC, in Egypt, and beyond. 

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Rare Books and Special Collections Library
Third Floor, Library Building
AUC Avenue, P.O. Box 74
New Cairo 11835, Egypt
t: +2.02.2615.3676

[email protected]

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