UIUC Library Resources

Middle Eastern Studies Library

To support the University’s teaching and research mission and to facilitate academic activities of the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, as well as other centers and departments that offer courses related to Middle East and the Islamic world, the Library has been developing an excellent collection of printed and digital resources. Currently the Collection houses approximately 55,000 volumes of Arabic, 11,000 volumes of Persian and several hundred volumes of other Middle Eastern language materials. These are in addition to Western language materials that are housed in the main and departmental libraries. Materials in Urdu and other Indic languages are part of the South Asian Collection. Those in Turkish and Hebrew are housed in related subject specialized libraries. The Collection covers a wide range of subject areas including, but not limited to, Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, Law, Agriculture, Medicine, Women's Studies. The strength of the collection, however, is in the areas of Arabic/Persian language and literature, Middle Eastern history (both modern and medieval), religious tradition of Islam, politics and government in the Middle East, social studies, and Islamic law.

South Asian Studies Library

The university library has excellent printed and electronic resources that support teaching and research in the South Asian studies. The vernacular materials in South Asian are housed in the Asian Library at the third floor of Main library while titles in western languages are located in the main stacks and departmental libraries. There are around 135,000 volumes in vernacular languages that include books and serials in Assamese, Bengali, Burmese, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Pali, Prakrit, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Sinhalese, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and other dialects. The primary focus of the South Asian collections is on humanities and social sciences and is strong in the areas of linguistics, literature, geography, history, Indology, philosophy, religious studies, cultures, societies and women studies.