MEC Library Collections

The Middle East Centre (MEC) Library was established in 1957 with a mission to provide library resources on the contemporary history and societies of today’s Arab countries, Turkey, Iran and Israel, for students and scholars in the field. The collection remit therefore focuses on Humanities and Social Sciences related topics, spanning the late 17th Century to the present day. The collection offers books and non-book materials in vernacular languages, for example Arabic, Persian, Turkish, some Hebrew, as well as English, French and other official languages of Europe.

The Scope of the Collection

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; gender and media studies; Islamic thoughts and movements.

The summary of the Library holdings