MEC Lib Acquisitions

MEC Lib Acquisitions

The library acquisition policy is centred on collecting publications relating to research and graduate taught courses in the field of Modern Middle Eastern Studies.

The Library actively purchases books and non-book materials covering these topics:

1- Regional:  Turkey, Iran, Israel, and the Arab countries

2- Subjects: General history of the region; Political history; Economy and industrial development; Urban policy & development; Politics and government; Nationalism & political parties; Islamic movements and writings of Islamic thinkers; Gender studies; Media studies

3- Period: late 18th century to the present day

The MEC Library remit does not ordinarily include literature, art and architecture or Islamic jurisprudence.  These materials, however, are extensively collected by the Bodleian Nizami Ganjavi Library, the Bodleian Library, Sackler Library, and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS).

The Library also tends not to acquire multiple copies of a title. The MEC Library, being a lending library, may acquire duplicate copies of a relevant title that is held as “ reference material “elsewhere within Oxford University library services. 

The Library is currently buying books both in print and in e-format.