Middle East & Islamic Studies Collection Library Subject Collection uri icon

subject description and guidelines

  • Selection responsibilities include both materials published in the Middle East and materials published in Western Europe and the United States about the Middle East, North Africa and Islam. We collect both trade and scholarly materials, including books, serials, government documents, audiovisual items, etc.


  • Materials about the Middle East and Islam are acquired by Cornell University Library on the basis of their relevance to the courses taught in the University and to support various instructional and research programs. These programs vary from beginning undergraduate courses to post-doctoral research. The programs served by this collection include, but are not limited to, those in Government, History, Linguistics, Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, and Near Eastern Studies. The purpose of this collection development policy is to provide a point of reference about which choices concerning the addition of new publications to the collection can be made. The implementation of these guidelines is dependent on the availability of financial resources and the recurrent funding provided by the University.