MEC Lib Acquisitions

MEC Lib Acquisitions

The library acquisition policy is centred on collecting publications relating to research and the MPhil taught course 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 states of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA);

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; and Arab Spring.

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

Please note that the MEC Library remit does not ordinarily include literature, art and architecture or Islamic jurisprudence.  These materials, however, are extensively collected by the following libraries: The Oriental Institute Library, Bodleian Library, Sackler Library, and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (OCIS).

The Library also does not tend to acquire multiple copies of a title as a rule, though there may be exceptions. 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 in print and aiming to expand its acquisition of e-books.