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New Tahrir Library to Provide Electronic Resources, Academic Support
New Tahrir Library to Provide Electronic Resources, Academic Support
A new electronic library has opened at AUC Tahrir Square. Serving the AUC community, particularly students and instructors at the School of Continuing Education (SCE), the library is an additional resource for research and instructional needs outside of the New Cairo campus. The library is fully digital, providing access to the main library’s online search functions and academic databases.
“Having the Tahrir Library will be very beneficial for the students and instructors who attend and teach classes on the downtown campus,” said Charles Norman, dean of the School of Continuing Education. “It is an excellent facility that gives students access to AUC’s library resources.”

The library will be beneficial to eligible students who study at AUC Tahrir Square through the Management Center, Graduate School of Education, Engineering and Science Services, and the School of Continuing Education, which has the largest presence downtown. “Many SCE students had applied before to use the University library for translation and rudimentary research, so this will be of great use for them, particularly after AUC’s move to New Cairo,” said Jayme Spencer, senior librarian and director of public services.

Located on the third floor of the Falaki Academic Center, the library has a full wireless Internet connection, which facilitates the use of personal laptops. It operates as an electronic resource, providing direct access to the main library’s digital catalog and academic databases. 

Five computers are available at the library, with a small reading area and seating for approximately 50 people. In addition, circulation, reference, instruction and document delivery services are provided. “Any user with a valid AUC Library ID may check out books, request journal articles and place holds on material, which may be delivered from the main library in AUC New Cairo to the Tahrir library, and may be returned to the Tahrir library as well,” said Spencer. “We understand that the commute to New Cairo may be long for many people, so we are providing this as an additional service. Even though it takes a few days to deliver the material to and from the Tahrir Library, this service will be convenient for many people.”

Spencer added that because the library has just begun operations, it still operates on a limited scale. “All are welcome to use this small library,” she affirmed, “but priority for seating and computer use will given to select students and instructors of programs held at AUC Tahrir Square.”

The library is open all days of the week, except Tuesday and Friday, with working hours from 1 to 8 pm. It is staffed by Ayman El Dakroury, library specialist, and Mohamed Swefy, library assistant. For more information about the library, call 2797.6517 or email tahrir.lib@aucegypt.edu.