LAU is home to three libraries: Riyad Nassar Library (RNL/Beirut campus) founded in 1934 and renamed in 2005 after Dr. Riyad Nassar, LAU president 1982-2004; Joseph G. Jabbra Library (JGJL/Byblos campus) in Byblos Campus, founded in 1987 and renamed in 2020 after Dr. Joseph G. Jabbra, LAU president 2004-2020; and the Health Sciences Library (HSL/Byblos campus), founded in 2013 and occupies the ground floor of the Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury Health Sciences Center.
LAU’s campus-wide network of libraries takes pride in the dissemination of knowledge through our fine collections, remarkable services, innovative technologies and outstanding service-oriented and highly committed staff. The libraries offer an attractive and comfortable environment conducive to teaching, learning and research.
LAU Libraries’ print collection is strongly supplemented by subscriptions to various electronic resources — be it online databases, e-books or e-journals — providing access to an extensive collection of about 400,000 print materials, 600,000 e-books, and 136,810 e-journals, 180 online databases, as well as 17,651 audio-visual materials. The library services are not limited to available holdings, but extend to the inter-library loan/document delivery service and research assistance.
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.
The university libraries are committed to supporting and enhancing teaching, learning and research at the Lebanese American University through providing high quality services and resources, anticipating and responding to emerging technologies and enriching the intellectual and cultural life of the LAU community.
LAU libraries will be recognized as an innovative hub for teaching, learning and research, which will inspire the creation, discovery, and sharing of knowledge. We aspire to provide state-of-the art facilities, quality resources, and innovative services to stimulate originality and to foster student success and lifelong learning. We strive to develop and employ the library staff expertise to achieve excellence in services to students, faculty, and to the community.