The American University of Beirut has been publishing books since before its founding as the Syrian Protestant College (SPC) in 1866. Its earliest publications were published in the name of the college by the American Mission Press, which was founded in Malta in 1822, moved to Beirut in 1832, and operated until 1965. Other publishers produced books for the university over time, including the Franciscan Press in Jerusalem and the Catholic Press in Beirut. The earliest documented publication of the SPC, held in AUB’s Jafet Library, was published in 1881, a study in Arabic on the management of disease, written by Dr. John Wortabet, professor of Anatomy and Physiology in the medical school of the Syrian Protestant College.
The AUB Press is a non-academic office that reports to the Provost of the University. The role of the Press is to publish scholarly works of research, guide other departments in their endeavors to publish works, set publishing standards for the university, and centralize sales of university publications through its office.
The AUB Press welcomes book proposal submissions for scholarly works of academic research, including single monographs, edited volumes, conference proceedings, and compilations of archival material of historical value. Subject matter may focus on but is not restricted to Lebanon and the Middle East.
The Press does not normally publish memoirs, poetry, and fiction but will consider impactful manuscript submissions at its discretion. Academic publications by the Press and its editorial boards are overseen by the University Publication Committee (UPC), a University Senate assigned committee.