AUC Library

Libraries and Learning Technologies

AUC Libraries and Learning Technologies consist of the libraries (AUC Library, and the Rare Books and Special Collections Library) and the Center for Learning and Teaching.

The mission of the AUC Library is to support the instructional and research needs of the AUC community, facilitating the transformation of information to knowledge, by providing personalized services and a robust online environment. Accordingly, the library plays an active and integral part in the University's pursuit of excellence in all academic and scholarly programs. The library provides the academic community with one of the largest English-language research collections in Egypt, offering online access to over 180 database titles, 71,856 e-books, and about 70,267 full-text journals. Off-campus access is available for AUC faculty, staff and students. The AUC Library holds 482,618 print volumes (books and periodicals), access to 81,424 serials in print or digital formats and 5,852 media items, all with 3M RFID stock control tags. The online catalog is Innovative Interfaces Millennium. All stations in the Learning Commons provide a collaborative, technology-rich environment where library users have the tools and support to access, manage and produce information. It is maintained by the support services of LLT units and other campus service providers. There are computer stations on all floors as well as over 200 public PCs and 45 wireless-enabled laptops available for internal use. The library is a member of OCLC and RLG SHARES Program, which along with the use of ILLiad software, enables rapid document delivery from abroad. A required one-hour Information Literacy (LALT) course instructs AUC freshmen in the essentials of how to research, locate and critically evaluate information. Additional instruction is offered in all disciplines to students, faculty, staff, and visitors in the Library Instruction Labs.

AUC Libraries are accessible online at

The AUC Tahrir Square Library provides academic support primarily for the eligible students of the School of Continuing Education, Engineering and Science Services, the Management Center and the Graduate School of Education. Located on the third floor of the Falaki Academic Center in AUC Tahrir Square, the library operates as an electronic library providing direct access to the AUC Library’s Library1Search, catalog, and academic databases as well as the full scope of the Internet. Entrance is restricted to patrons holding valid AUC Library ID cards.

TheRare Books and Special Collections Library at The American University in Cairo 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 focus of extensive rare and contemporary book collections.

The library 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 UniversityArchives, which maintains records relating to the University’s history dating to the early twentieth century.

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

The Rare Books and Special Collections Library is available online at

TThe mission of the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT) is to promote excellence in teaching and to facilitate the effective application oftechnology to the teaching/learning process. The center keeps aspotlight on teaching through a variety of programs, services, workshopsand lectures, including the faculty development institutes, a biweeklynewsletter, instructional design consultations, formative assessmentactivities, classroom action research and the student technology assistant program which provides one-to-one training and support forfaculty members who want to use diverse instructional technologies. CLT is also a strong advocate of academic integrity on campus and contributes to itsenhancement by administering the plagiarism detection as well as conducting dedicated workshops for both facultyand students.

The Center for Learning and Teaching is available online at: