American Univesity of Beirut

AUB University Libraries contribute to Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME)

  The AUB University Libraries (UL) are glad to be taking part in the Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME), which offers free and open access to the rich cultural legacy of the Middle East and North Africa by bringing together collections from a wide range of cultural heritage institutions.

The AUB Libraries have contributed more than 16,500 items from their collections, including the following:

Commenting on the initiative, Dr. Mariette Atallah, Associate University Librarian for Collections, said “the UL is more than proud to be a part of this initiative, which federates and brings together a variety of specialized online collections that reflect the culture and heritage of the MENA region"; adding “we hope that researchers across the world will benefit from these collections that were scattered and difficult to locate". 

Researchers can access the collections contributed by AUB by visiting this link.

Read the announcement on the CLIR website here.

More about DLME

Developed by an engineering team from The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and Stanford Libraries, the platform federates and makes accessible data about collections from around the world. The platform is built upon the open source Spotlight and Blacklight frameworks, and supports presentation of resources compliant with the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) using the Mirador viewer.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation, and Qatar National Library have generously provided funding for the Digital Library of the Middle East. We are grateful for their support. (

For more information, contact the UL's Collections Unit by email, or via extension 2628. 

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