Due to the Corona pandemic, the OIB and its library remain closed until further notice. All our staff can be reached by email. Please check our website for online-information and upcoming news from the institute. We wish all our friends and colleagues and their families only the best in the current crisis and look forward to welcoming you again once the situation is under control.
The Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB) is a non-profit German academic research center and part of the Max Weber Foundation – International Humanities, mainly funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. It conducts and supports research on the Near East and the larger Arab world in past and present.
The library of the OIB is a research library. It provides a collection of books, journals and newspapers that comprises around 130.000 volumes. The collection includes text editions as well as literature related to Middle East studies in Arabic and many western languages.