The MEC Library

The MEC Library

The Middle East Centre (MEC) Library was originally established in 1957 and was first housed in a Victorian building until October 2015. Since then, it has been housed in the Investcorp Building, an architecturally impressive building designed by renowned British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid and which features a modern and comfortable reading room. Most of the lending collection is available to readers on open shelf and is stored in electronically-operated bays accessible from its reading room.

MEC Library Reading room. Photo credit MariaLuisa Langella

The MEC Library is a graduate library and is committed to the provision of services to the research community within the Oxford University, and to scholars worldwide. The Library has unique and specialised holdings of publications in Humanities and Social Science subjects related to Turkey, Iran, Israel, and the Arab countries, covering the period from the late 17th century to the present day. 

The Library's opening hours are Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm, and Friday 9am-4.30pm.
Contact for details, and to book an appointment.

For scanning requests, please consult the Scan Requests page. 

For any enquiries, please contact the Library: 

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