The University Libraries consist of: Nami Jafet Memorial Library as the main library; and the following subject libraries: the Engineering and Architecture Library, the Saab Memorial Medical Library, and the Science and Agriculture Library, with its annex library at the Agricultural Research and Education Center (AREC) in the Beqa'a Valley. The libraries (http://www.aub.edu.lb/ulibraries/) have a long history in Lebanon and in the region which is reflected in the rich collections that they own.
The collections consist of 400,000 books and 5,600 print periodicals (2,000 in Arabic) in 159,000 volumes. The libraries also own 800,000 electronic books and provide access to 190,000 electronic periodicals and 800 journals on microfilm (600 in Arabic). The Libraries currently subscribe to 350 databases. There are about 1,000,000 audiovisual items of all formats, the majority of which are microforms of a substantial number of local and regional journals and newspapers going back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Archives and Special Collections contain 750 linear feet of archival material, 1,800 manuscripts, most of which are in Arabic and some are uniquely and/or rarely held resources, 10,000 theses, projects, and dissertations going back to the early 20th century, 5,000 posters, 800 postcards, and 2,000 maps, as well as 72,000 photographs (including over 20,000 negatives), of a unique and historical nature. These print and electronic collections are developed and enriched on a regular basis to support the academic and research programs of the University.
The University Libraries employ 34 professional staff (majority with master’s degree or higher), 55 support staff (34 with college degrees), and 24 student assistants.
More than 1.5 million people visit the University Libraries per year and over 500,000 visit its main website. The University Libraries circulate or renew approximately 60,000 per year and provide instruction sessions to around 7,000 students and faculty. Jafet Library opens 109 hours per week and 24/7 during reading and exam periods.