Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Library Resources

UT has two librarians specializing in the Middle East, who, along with the CMES, sustain a mutual commitment to maintain and expand one of the top Middle East collections in the US. The MES Librarian (Dale Correa) and the Hebrew, Jewish, and Israel Studies Librarian (Uri Kolodney) the annual acquisition of library materials in all Middle Eastern languages and formats. With support from C/DMES, the MES and HJIS Librarians have initiated an acquisition and networking travel program to acquire materials, expand the scope of MES collecting strategies, develop new initiatives and collaborations, and establish essential contacts for faculty and students at UT who undertake research in the Middle East. 

Combined funding from the University of Texas Libraries and the Department and Center has helped create and maintain an MES collection considered among the top ten in the US, and unparalleled in Texas and the southwest region. As of April 2018, the Middle Eastern language holdings of the UTL total 156,435; approximately 2,500 new items are added to the MES collection annually. Additional collections of MES materials are housed in other UT libraries, including the Fine Arts Library, the Architecture Library, and the Law Library. Additionally, the world-renowned Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center holds several Middle East-related collections. 

A limited number of reference works and other books are available at the MES reading room, CAL 516.


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