The Middle East Centre (MEC) Library was originally established in 1957. It was first housed in a Victorian building until October 2015, when it moved to its permanent home in the prestigious Investcorp Building, designed by the renowned architect, Zaha Hadid. The Library boasts an architecturally rich and inspiring reading room with amazing ambience and space, all with state-of-the-art reader-centred library facilities. The newly created storage space with electronically operated bays allows for the future collection growth.
The MEC is a graduate library and has been since its establishment, committed to the provision of high standard services to the research community within the University and the scholars worldwide. The Library has unique and specialised holdings of publications on 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 MEC Library collection complements the relevant collections held elsewhere at the University of Oxford, including the Nizami Ganjavi Oriental Institute Library and the central Bodleian Library.
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THE MEC LIBRARY BOOK SALE IS STILL ON!
Items from the personal libraries of Margaret Bullard, Erol Canpunar, the Ingrams family, Ivor Lucas, Nils Nordal, Margaret Owen, and Patrick Seale are on sale.
BROWSE AND PICK FROM OUR SELECTION OF OVER 800 BOOKS!