The George Arthur Keough Library
Farid Khoury, MA
Ebtissam Abdalla, AA
Assistant to the Librarian
The library, named after George Arthur Keough, the University’s first president, was established as a study and research center for the school at the very beginning of its existence in 1939. The book collection has grown steadily over the years to about 21,000 volumes today. This number includes Arabic texts, English texts, reference books, and a variety of audiovisual resources. Additionally, the library provides free access to online databases with more than 15,000 journals and periodicals.
A small part of what is now known as South Hall was the first home for the library. Later on, a fourth floor was added to University Hall, providing for the relocation of the library to half of the new floor space. In the spring of 2005, the library’s floor space doubled when the entire floor of the renovated building was designated for library use.
Library users will find an open stack arrangement facilitating easy browsing. There are individual tables for study, comfortable seating in the periodical/newspaper section, carrels for secluded private study, conference rooms for group study, online computers, and outlets for personal computers with wireless access to the internet.
The library serves the academic and intellectual development of students, faculty, and staff.
Students are encouraged to use the library effectively for research, study, and preparation of class assignments. A workstation is also available for scanning, copying, and printing. During the course of the academic semesters, the library staff is available to offer assistance for research.
Interlibrary loans from other institutions around Lebanon and worldwide are available for items that cannot be found at the University library. Interlibrary loans can be placed 24 hours a day through the library’s page on the University website.
These services encompass a broad spectrum of information needs, such as finding quick answers to questions, using the online catalog and other electronic resources, and locating library materials and information on specialized topics. The Main Library’s Information Desk serves as a central information and reference point for the Library system.