MEC Lib Collection

MEC Lib Collection

The Middle East Centre (MEC) library was established in 1958, with the mission of providing library resources on Modern Middle Eastern Studies for the students and scholars in the field. 
The collection remit focuses on Humanities and Social Sciences related topic, covering the period of the late 17th Century to the present day. The collection covers the geographical area of the "Near East", by which it is understood all Arab countries together with Israel, Turkey and Iran.  The collection offers books and non- books materials in vernacular languages, i.e. Arabic, Persian, Turkish, as well as the European languages.
The remit of the collection can be summarized, as follows:
Modern history of the region; national movements; biographies & memoirs; works on political science, constitutional history; political and diplomatic history; economic theory; economic development/history; Oil and other industries; labour market and condition; Islamic thoughts and movements.
Recently, the scope of the collection has been expanded and updated by adding the following two topics to its list of subjects coverage: 1)- gender studies; 2)-the Arab Spring. 

The summary of the library holdings and links to further details is given below:   
1)-Lending collection : near to 40,000 volumes of books are stored and have been made accessible in two open stacks, housed in the MEC library, located in the Investcorp building.  This collection is catalogued online, and can be searched on SOLO
Items can be borrowed from this collection by those who are entitled to borrowing from this library. Please see “MEC Lib Admission Policy” for your eligibility.
2)-Special Collection: this collection comprises of : rare books, i.e. publications dated 1700 up to 1920, small collection of lithographically printed books in Arabic, and a collection of "Oxford theses".   Items held in Special Collection are Reference, and can only be consulted onsite.
The entire collection is catalogued online and can be searched on SOLO.   The Rare Books can be identified on SOLO by their calssmark/Shelf mark suffix of (RB), and theses collection can be identified by calssmark/shelf markthe suffix of (Thes). 
Please note: i)- Special collection is stored outhouse, therefore, a day in advance notice is required if you need to consult any item from this collection. Requests can be placed via email at: meclibrary@sant.ox.ac.ukii)- while consulting materials from the Special Collection, it is expected to only use pencil.  
Furthermore, the library reserves the right to decline a request, if the item is either fragile or too large to handle.
3)-Manuscripts : the library holds a samall collection of manuscripts, beaquethed to the library as part of the "Harold and Doreen Ingrams" library. For further details please click HERE .
4)-Periodicals: the library offers a comprehensive holding of periodicals in both European and non-European languages, unique to the Oxford University collection.  For further details please click HERE 
5)-Pamphlets: the library holds a large collection of pamphlets, all donated by the “Friends of the MEC library”. For further details please click HERE .
6)-Microfilms: this collection comprises of copies of news papers, magazines, books, periodicals, and manuscripts, held in Universities and Archives elsewhere.  The microfilms are in both  European and non-European langauges.  For further details please click HERE .
7)-DVDs: the collection comprises of documentary programs, feature movies from the region, as well as full run of digitised magazines and newspapers.  For further details click HERE.