Databases & Online Repositories

Digital Collections and Databases


19th Century US Newspapers

Abkhazia Parliamentary Election 2017
Election Campaign Materials.

Academic Search Premier
Full-Text database 

Adab – Arabic Poetry
Arabic poetry from pre-Islamic to present times.

Photo Collection of the Middle East (particularly related to the GCC countries).

Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon AKL
Internationale Künstlerdatenbank - Online with biographical information from all over the world, from ancient times to the present.

The collection includes titles about Islamic law, Islamic studies and Islamic theology – mainly in Arabic but also some in English. These books were published in print between 2004 and 2016. Access is provided by the Specialzed Information Service (FID) Middle East, North Africa and Islamic Studies in Halle (Germany) funded by the DFG.

Platform for digital collection and digitized cultural heritage.

Database, bibliography and research tool for literature in Arabic language.

American University of Beirut (AUB)
Digital Collections on al-Ādāb, Arabic Collections Online, Kamal Joumblatt, digitized postcards, Travel Books, Palestinian Oral History and Refugee Cultural Heritage.

AMIR (Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources)
Open Access material and link collection relating to the Middle East.

American University of Cairo
Rare Books and Special Collections Digital Library.

Arab Women
Online Resource in Arabic and in English about women in the Arab World.

Arabian Gulf Digital Archive
Online archive on the history of the Arabian Gulf. The archive contains, among other things, letters, memos, transcripts, photos and official correspondence from leaders and governments that shaped the events of their time. It’s a free and open resource for students, researchers, enthusiasts and anyone who is curious to explore the rich and varied past of the Arabian Gulf.

Arabic Collections Online
Digital library of public domain Arabic language content from rich Arabic collections of distinguished research libraries. Established with support from NYU Abu Dhabi, and currently supported by major grants from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, and Carnegie Corporation of New York, this mass digitization project aims to feature up to 23,000 volumes from the library collections of NYU and partner institutions.

The Arabic Papyrology Database
Database to the editions of Arabic documents written on different material such as papyrus, parchment or paper up to the 16th c. A.D.

ART bibliographies Modern (ABM)
Database on modern and contemporary arts dating from the late 19th century onwards.

Bibliography of the Arabic Bible
Comprehensive and fully annotated bibliography of text editions and research on the Arabic Bible, its translation and history.

Bibliotheca Hagiographica Syriaca Electronica (BHSE)
The BHSE is organized around literary works, specifically Syriac saints' lives or vitae and provides open access to original text sources in Syriac.

Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies
The Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies Database offers a systematic and compara-tive look at key education levels and the study of cognitive and psychosocial development through early childhood and youth.

Open Access Ressource of the Centre d’Études et de Documentation Économiques, Juridiques et sociales.

Central Eastern European Online Library.

Central Asia, Persia and Afghanistan 1834-1922

CLIO Online
Fachportal für Geschichtswissenschaften (Specialised Portal for Historical Studies).

Confidential Print: Middle East, 1839-1969
Building block for political, social and economic research.

Corpus Coranicum
Database for the study of the Qur’ān, includes intertexts and studies on Qur’ānic manuscripts.

De Gruyter Online-Zeitschriften Archiv
Reporting period from 1998 to 2013. 

Digital Assets Repository
Online Repository of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME)
Open Access library to the cultural legacy of the Middle East and North Africa from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and Stanford Libraries.

Digital Orientalist
Full-text Online Arabic Sources.

Digitale Sammlungen
Münchener Digitalisierungszentrum – Digital Collections in Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.   

Access to German academic journals from different subject areas.

DUKE University
Research Guides Middle East and Islamic Studies.

EGO – European History Online
Transcultural history of Europe.

Egyptian Press Archive of CEDEJ
Digitization of more than 800,000 articles in Arabic, English and French about 40 years of Egyptian political, cultural and economic life - from the mid-1970s until 2010. The collection is documented by CEDEJ and presented by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

Electronic Enlightenment EE
Letters and lives online.

Empire Online
Database on colonialism and imperialism, particularly surrounded on the theory, practice and consequences of “Empire”.

Encyclopaedia Iranica
The Encyclopaedia Iranica is a comprehensive research tool dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent.

Encyclopaedia of Islam
The online versions of the Encyclopaedia of Islam are full-text searchable through alphabetical lists of entries. The collection includes the 2nd end the 3rd edition and the Historical Atlas of Islam.

Europeana Collections
Europeana Collections provides access to over 50 million digitised items that are related to European culture and heritage.

Virtual Library of Social and Cultural Anthropology.

Farabi – Digital Library
Collection of digitized texts, travelogues and translations of the Qur’an. Registration is required. Registration required, downloads and printouts are subject to a fee.

French Colonial Archives

Gamal Abd el-Nasser Archive
Archive of speeches and biography of Gamal Abd El-Nasser.

Ghani Collection at Yale
Digitized manuscripts from the Ghani collection from the Yale Iranian History Internet Archive.

Graeco-Arabic Studies
Digital Corpus of a wide range of Greek texts and their Arabic counterparts, Arabic commentaries on Greek and Hellenistic authors and important secondary sources. The texts in the corpus can be consulted individually or side by side with their translation. The majority of texts can also be downloaded for further analysis.

Grove Art Online
Art encyclopedia covering global art and architecture from prehistory to present day.

Online-database and encyclopaedia on Arabic culture.

HathiTrust Digital Library offers in partnership with academic and research institutions digitized titles from libraries around the world.

Information and research material on the Middle East.
Specialised Information on European history.

History of Modern Egypt
Digital archive about the history of modern Egypt.

Index Religiosus - online
International Bibliography of Theology, Church History and Religious Studies.

Internet Archive
Non-profit library of free books and more.

Islamic Heritage Project
Islamic manuscripts, maps, and published texts from Harvard’s renowned library and museum collections.

Islamic Manuscript Studies – University of Michigan
Resources for the study of Islamic manuscripts and their socio-cultural contexts.

Islamic Philosophy Online
This site contains hundreds of full-length books and articles on Islamic philosophy, ranging from the classical texts in the canon of Islamic philosophy to modern works of Muslim philosophy.


The Making of Modern Law – Legal Treatises 1800-1926

The Making of the Modern World

Al-Maktaba al-Shamila
Research tool and database for literature mainly in Arabic language.

Mamluk Bibliography Online
Comprehensive bibliography for Mamluk Studies.

Al Manhal Islamic Studies E-Book Collection
2,035 e-books about Islamic law, Islamic studies and Islamic theology mainly written in Arabic.

Mawrid Reader
Arabic dictionary interface. Contains Arabic monolingual lexica and bilingual dictionaries.

Digital Resources and Collections in Islamic Studies.

MENAdoc – Digital Collections
The MENAdoc - Digital Collections is one of the central components of the DFG Specialised Information Service for Middle East, North African and Islamic Studies' digital services. MENAdoc provides Open Access digital documents with regard to the MENA-region and to Islamic studies.

MENALIB – The Middle East Virtual Library
The Middle East Virtual Library MENALIB is an information portal for studies on the Middle East and Islamic studies. MENALIB grants access to professionally evaluated information in printed and electronic form.

Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR)
Link-Collection to Near and Middle Eastern Resources and Studies

The Middle East 1916-2001
Part of the Avalon Project of the Yale Law School Lillian Goldman Law Library presenting a digital library of documents relating to law, history and diplomacy.

Middle Eastern & North African Newspapers
An Open Access collection by Eastview sponsored by the Center for Research Libraries.

Fachportal Musikwissenschaft – Virtual Library Musicology

The OAIster Database
OAIster is a union catalog of millions of records that represent open access resources. This catalog was built through harvesting from open access collections worldwide using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). Today, OAIster includes more than 50 million records that represent digital resources from more than 2,000 contributors.

OCIANA – Online Corpus of the Inscriptions of Ancient North Arabia
The Online Corpus contains preliminary editions of the corpora of North Arabian inscriptions that are available as free downloads.

Oman Library Digital Collection

Forschungsportal zu Ost-, Ostmittel- und Südosteuropa – Virtual Library for Eastern European Studies

Ottoman Inscriptions
The Database of Ottoman Inscriptions (DOI) is searchable digital database comprising information about, as well as transliterations and pictures of, all the Turkish, Arabic and Persian architectural inscriptions created in the Ottoman lands during Ottoman times.

A History of Early Modern Ottoman Political Thought, 15th to Early 19th Centuries

Oxford Bibliographies for Atlantic history

The Palestianian Poster Project

Palestine Open Maps
Open Access platform for map-based exploration that allows users to navigate and search historic map sheets.
Publication platform of the Max Weber Foundation.

Princeton Digital Library of Islamic Manuscripts
Digitised Islamic Manuscripts at the Princeton University Library

Database on Oriental Manuscripts of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Germany).

Qatar Digital Library
Digital archive on modern history and culture of the Gulf region.

Russian Islamic Studies
Collection of journals and newspapers on Islam, published in Russia. Access is provided by the Specialized Information Service (FID) Middle East, North Africa and Islamic Studies funded by the DFG.

Sadat Digital Archive

Open Access project in the program on Islamic Law at Harvard Law School that provides comprehensive and content and context on Islamic law.

Sharing History – Museum with no Frontiers
Virtual Exhibitions exploring Arab-Ottoman-European Relations in the 19th Century.

Open access digital resource for art history including Islamic arts.
Comprehensive annotated bibliography of Open Access resources related to the study of Syriac hosted by the University of Oklahoma.

Syrian Heritage Archive Project
Open Access documentation project of the Museum of Islamic Art (Berlin) and the German Archeological Institute.

The Times Digital Archive
Digital archive of the US daily newspaper The Times.

Travellers in the Middle East Archive
Digital archive on Western interactions with the Middle East.

University of Michigan – Research Guides Humanities

Online-Repository for digitized Arabic, mostly critical, editions.

Wellcome Arabic Manuscripts Online
Arabic manuscript collection of the Wellcome Library (London) relating to the history of medicine.

World Digital Library
Collection of print and visual resources available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.

Zentrales Verzeichnis digitalisierter Drucke
The Zentrales Verzeichnis Digitalisierter Drucke is the verification portal for the documentation of digitized copies of printed works produced in Germany from the 15th century to the present.

Online Periodicals 
OIB Library is subscribing to a growing number of periodicals online. All journal titles are searchable in our OPAC.

Maps at OIB Library 
List of 170 maps as downloadable Excel file. If you like to consult maps, kindly refer to the library reference desk. 


Online Catalogues

OIB Library is recommending, yet by far not exclusively, the online library and union catalogues listed below:





Arab Countries