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Access Online Resources

Only full-­time faculty members, students and staff members can access databases and other electronic resources from off-campus locations. Users will be able to access all electronic resources by way of their AUC email username and password. For more information, please click here


Borrow a Laptop

Current AUC students and faculty can borrow laptops with their AUC ID card at the circulation desk on the plaza level of the Main Library. Laptops can only be used inside of the Main Library and can be borrowed for 3 hours only.

 Borrowing Hours:    Sunday - Thursday         9:00 am - 6:00 pm

                          Saturdays                       9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Borrow and Renew Books

Books and some other materials may be borrowed at three locations in the main library, using a valid AUC ID card:

  • Circulation Desk (located on the Plaza Level)
  • Self-checkout units (located on Plaza Level, as well as the Self-checkout units (located on Plaza Level, as well as the Frist and Second Floors of the main library building)

Self-­checkout units will issue a receipt that should be kept as a reminder of the due date.
If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the circulation and reserve department.

You are accountable for items borrowed on your ID, so never let another person use your ID card or borrow items for another person.

Books can be renewed on or before the due date provided there is no hold on the book. Use
one of the following locations or services to renew books:

You can search the library holdings through two interfaces: Library One Search finds books, e-­books, articles, news and other material. The catalog finds books and e­-books only. Please see our guide for searching and using e-books.

Connect my Laptop

Current AUC students, faculty and staff can connect to the wireless network.

Egyptian Knowledge Bank (EKB)

Provides free access to international databases, journals, e-books and media. All Egyptian citizens, as well as foreign researchers at Egyptian Universities, are eligible for access. To learn more about registration with EKB, please refer to our information page.

Find an Article

If you would like to search or browse for articles, try Library One Search, or one of the many subject databases. If you need help, please go to the Help Desk, or contact a librarian.

Find Books in the Main Library

Books in the AUC Library are shelved by Library of Congress call number in many different locations, see floor map.

Make a note of the location before attempting to find an item. For items with the location “Main Library,” call numbers beginning with:

A -­ HE  First floor

HF- ­Z   Second floor

Other locations that you may see in the online catalog include:

  • Periodicals (Garden Level)  
  • Main RSRVE (Reserve Desk, Plaza Level) 
  • SPCL (Rare Books and Special Collections Library, Third floor) 

Find Reserve Items

Printed books are held on reserve behind the Circulation Desk on the Plaza Level. To check out a reserve item, please ask a member of the circulation staff at the desk. The course reserves desk is located on the Plaza Level of the Library.

Lost and Found

The lost and found office is located at Gate 4 (Pepsi Gate). If the item was lost in the library, you may also check at the Help Desk on the Plaza Floor of the Main Library.

Make photocopies

Photocopy service is available on the Garden Level of the library.

Garden Level  Room G20  8:30 am - 9 pm

Order Documents

Journal articles and book chapters that are not available from the library can be ordered via the Document Delivery service.

Pay Overdue Fines

Currently enrolled students should go to the circulation desk in the main library and sign the Library Charge Notification form. The fine will then be added to your tuition fees.

All other patrons must go to the circulation desk and collect the Pay Order Form and then pay the fine at the admin cashier's office (Sunday ­to Thursday, from 9 am to­ 2 pm). The receipt of this payment must be presented to the library circulation desk in order to clear your record.

Place a Hold

If a book is checked out staff at the circulation desk can place a "hold" on the checked out item. When the item becomes available, a notice will be sent to the patron via e­mail and the book will be held for pick­up for seven days at the circulation desk.

Print in the Main Library

Printing Service

To print from the public computer terminals in the main library:

  • Select File menu - Print (from the application you want to print from).

Depending on the color attributes of your document, select:

  • Quick print (less than 10 pages.) printer (50 piasters per page)
  • Extended print (10+pages or pdf) printer
  • Library public color printer (4 L.E. per page)

In the “print job details” screen, enter your AUC email username and a job name to identify each of your print jobs. Click the “Print” button. If you do not have an AUC email account, enter ‘libuser’ instead. Wait until you see the “message about your print job” pop-up. If you accept the charge, click “Yes.” Clicking “No” will cancel your print job.

Pick up your printed document(s) at the Print station and pay by cash.


You must have credit placed on your account before you are able to use self-printing. To put credit on your account, you can pay by cash or AUC coin at the Print station located on the Plaza level.

Self-printing stations are located on the Garden Level in front of the Copy Center, on the Plaza Level (available at two locations: both inside the Print Station office and in the Learning Commons area by the window) and on the second level by the Graduate Commons area.

For more details, read more about printing options here, including printing from personal laptops and mobile devices.

Read an e-book

The library holds e-books from several vendors, with each platform working slightly differently. For guidance on how to use a particular e-book, please refer to the ‘help’ function on the vendor platform, the library guide or contact a librarian.

Recommend Books for the Library to Purchase

Please send book request to the Collection Development department using the Resource Request Form

Report Missing Books

To report a missing book in the Main Library, please fill out a Search form at the Circulation Desk on the plaza level. By reporting missing books, you help us maintain the collection.

Scan Photos/Documents

Three scanners are available to all library patrons on the Plaza Level of the Main Library building.

Search in Arabic

In the online library catalog, your cursor must be in the search box in order to enter an Arabic script search. 

To key Arabic script into the search box, press the "ALT" + RIGHT "SHIFT" keys, and then type your search. To switch back to English, press the "ALT" + LEFT "SHIFT" keys.

You can search for AUTHORS, TITLES and KEYWORD in the AUC online catalog, using Arabic script. Note, however, that the catalog is not bilingual; searches in Arabic will ONLY display records for Arabic language items in the catalog that have Arabic script in AUTHOR, TITLE and KEYWORD fields.

To search for Arabic journal titles using Arabic script, please search in the TITLE field only, not the JOURNAL TITLE search.

If Arabic script does not display correctly, our browser probably does not have the proper view setting. Make sure the ENCODING (usually in “settings”) is set to "Unicode (UTF-8)".

Submit a thesis

All theses must be submitted online and will be archived in the University’s repository, DAR. There are strict guidelines for submission. Please refer to the guide to depositing scholarship, or contact the Help Desk.

If your question is not listed, please contact

AUC print theses are submitted to the Library via the Office of the Dean of each School, along with the required signed documentation. After arrival at the AUC Library theses processing goes through the following stages:

  • The Acquisition department files all signed approval forms.
  • The Serials department binds the document.
  • The Acquisition department processes it.
  • The Cataloging department creates the final record in the online catalog.
  • The theses are then shelved in the periodicals room.

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