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Visiting and Access to the Library


The visitor entrance to the Rare Books and Special Collections Library is located on the third floor of the Main Library building on AUC’s New Cairo campus.  The Main Library building is located on Bartlett Plaza at the center of campus. 


AUC’s address is: AUC Avenue, New Cairo 11835, Egypt.


See AUC’s website for driving directions and campus maps, and ask a library staff member about transportation options.


Sunday - Thursday

8:30 am - 5:00 pm


8:30 am - 7:00 pm




9:30 am - 5:00 pm


See the library’s hours page for detailed information on holidays and hours outside of the fall and spring academic semesters.


AUC students, faculty, and staff and welcome to visit the library.  For use of archives or other specialized assistance, making an appointment with a staff member is recommended.

External (non-AUC) visitors are welcome, but should contact library staff to discuss their needs. Library staff will need to clear external visitor’s arrival with campus and library security; visitors must bring passports or government photo identification.  External users who plan to use the library extensively must apply for a user card and pay applicable fees. See the AUC Library External Users Policy for more information.

Journalists, photographers, or film crews wishing to cover library events, interview library staff, or photograph or film the library or its holdings should contact AUC’s Office of Advancement and Communications Media Relations staff.

Exhibitions are open to the public. For entry to campus and the library please contact a library staff member who will arrange clearance.

Tours of the RBSCL are available, given by library subject specialists, of exhibitions, rare books, and special collections materials.  English, Arabic, and French tours are possible. To inquire please write to indicating the nature of the individuals or group seeking the tour and number of people, desired visit date and time and duration of the tour, and any particular holdings or subject interests.  See Doing Research at the RBSCL for information about orientations and demonstrations for AUC faculty, students, and classes.

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