Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Strength of UT Libraries


Harnessing over a century of institutional commitment, UT Libraries currently hold over 10.6 million volumes thereby ranking it 12th in North America in terms of size. Dedicated to efficient and seamless availability to information, the UT Library is a leader in online access, having over 1.2 million e-books, 449,202 e-journals, and 795 e-databases in its collection. It continues to be a national trailblazer in “evidence-based” and “demand-driven access” to electronic content with thousands of titles available to users.

Middle East Related Content

Combined funding from the University and the CMES has enabled the building of a Middle Eastern Studies collection that may be considered among the top ten in the country, and that is unparalleled in Texas and the southwestern region. As of April 2018, the Middle Eastern language holdings of the Library total 156,435, including 3,114 print and electronic serials. Approximately 2,500 new items are added to the MES collection annually. The collection includes a comprehensive set of reference works, general texts, monographs, and print and electronic journals that support the needs of advanced researchers. 
Among the collection’s strengths are extensive holdings on Shi’ism; Islamic law; Arabic, Persian, and Azeri literature; census records from Middle Eastern countries; and Middle Eastern cinema. Of particular note are unique collections of Israeli and Iranian cinema journals not held at any other North American library. The Middle Eastern Studies Librarian (MESL) and Hebrew, Jewish, and Israel Studies Librarian (HJISL) work closely with faculty to strengthen the collection’s holdings in back files of 19th and 20th century Middle Eastern periodicals in microform and hard copy; CDs of Middle Eastern music; and Middle Eastern film in DVD and streaming formats. UTL creates and maintains electronic access to these materials, including digitization initiatives for a unique set of Zaydi manuscripts from Yemen, classic Egyptian film, 19th-20th-century Iranian newspapers, and Israeli cinema journals.

 

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