Middle East Centre (MEC) Library

Middle East Centre (MEC) Library

Welcome to the MEC Library.

The library was established in 1958, and was housed in a Victorian building until 2015.

In October 2015, the library moved to its permanent home in the Investcorp building, a prestigious building designed by the renowned architect, Zaha Hadid. The library is now offering an architecturally inspiring reading room with amazing ambience and space, where the readers can enjoy the high tech facilities. In addition, the newly created storage space allows for the future collection growth.   

The MEC is a Graduate library and it has been since its establishment committed to the provision of high standard services to research community within the University and the scholars worldwide. 

The library has a unique and specialized holding of publications on Humanities and Social Science subjects related to : Turkey, Iran, Israel, and the Arab world, covering the period of late 17th century to the present day. 

The MEC library collection complements the relevant collections held elsewhere in the University of Oxford, including the Oriental Institute and the Bodleian Central library

Further details of the library's activities can be found under each item of the main menu on the left.