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Rare Books and Special Collections


Location: 3rd Floor, LLT Building

The Rare Books and Special Collections Library (RBSCL) is a separate administrative unit within Libraries and Learning Technologies.

It supports research and teaching in the arts, culture and society of Egypt and the Middle East. The library documents ancient, medieval, and modern Egypt and the wider region, with particular strengths in Egyptology, Islamic art and architecture and travel literature.

The RBSCL also collects archival and manuscript collections reflecting modern Egyptian social, cultural and intellectual life. These materials relate to subject areas, such as: modern Egyptian and regional architecture; the arts (including cinema, photography and other visual media); social and women’s history; and religion and Coptic studies. The library also houses AUC's University Archives, which maintains records relating to the university's history dating to the early twentieth century.

The RBSCL’s holdings encompass a variety of formats, including books, periodicals, theses, archives and manuscripts, photographs, slides, maps, architectural drawings, plans, memorabilia, artifacts and audio-visual media. Written materials are primarily in English, but languages such as French, German and Arabic are also represented.

User inquiries


Phone: 20.2.2615.3676

Staff Members

Philip Croom
Associate Dean
tel: 20.2.2615.3655


Stephen Urgola
University Archivist
tel: 20.2.2615.3678


Other Contacts:  see Staff Directory



Resources and links

  • Records Management
  • Records Management

Library Hours