The Riyad Nassar Library
The Riyad Nassar Library (Beirut campus) named after LAU’s president from 1982 to 2004 started functioning on September 19, 2005.
The University’s first library was established in 1934 when it moved permanently to its current campus in Ras Beirut. At the time, the institution was known as American Junior College for Women. As part of many efforts to provide reliable services to the college community, thousands of materials were added to its library collection.
As the college grew, the library’s location in Sage Hall’s third floor quickly turned inadequate. The need for more space was met through the construction of an entire upper story in Irwin Hall in the 1960s, which was named in honor of Dr. William Stoltzfus, president of the college 1937-1958.
In the 1990s, the demands of growing academic programs called for expansion again. In 1997 the library moved to more spacious premises in the Learning Resources Center building.
The library moved again in the Summer of 2005 to its final destination, i.e., the Riyad Nassar Library. It has over 369,164 information records. There are 406 current print periodical subscriptions and five special collections:
- A collection of book and non-book materials on feminist studies that support the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World.
- The Children’s Library, with about 14,926 books.
- The Practice Teaching collection for students majoring in education.
- The Audio/Visual collection to support instructional activities on campus.
- The Islamic Art and Architecture plus Islamic Artifacts.
- Jawdat Haidar collection.
Orientation, individual instruction, training sessions and research assistance are available to library users throughout the year. All of the library departments are dedicated not only to providing access to information, but also to assisting information seekers in developing successful strategies for finding and evaluating information for a full range of needs.
Some special “facts and figures” about the Riyad Nassar Library are:
- Construction cost: $8.5 million
- Area: 8,000 sq. m.
- Capacity: 350,000 books
- Available computers:156
- Open stacks
- Special needs area
- Electronic Information classroom
- Conference rooms (with videoconferencing)
- Group study areas
- Audiovisual room
- Projection room
- State-of-the-art information technology