Current catalogue of the entire library collection, both in print and electronic.

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Historical alphabetic card catalogue, listing all acquisitions from 1961 to 1995.

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Historical subject card catalogue in German, covering acquisitions from 1961 to 1995.

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The library of the OIB is a research and reference library. It provides a collection of books, journals and newspapers that comprises more than 140.000 volumes. The collection includes Arabic text editions as well as scholarly literature related to Near and Middle Eastern studies in Arabic and many Western languages. The historical reading room offers reference works for scholarly purposes and is equipped with electric outlets for laptop computers and with wireless internet access for registered users. The library serves as well as a social space for public events organized by the OIB. Additionally some computers are available to visitors for scholarly purposes.

Regular opening hours:
Mon-Thu: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Fri: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Circulation desk phone number: +961 (0)1 359235


The library is closed on Monday, January 23, 2023.

In addition the library will close on Thursday, January 26, 2023 due to a public lecture.

Library guests are kindly invited to join the event.