Until further notice, the University of Arizona, in accordance with the guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, encourages all employees to work remotely. The Center for Middle Eastern Studies office and library are closed except by appointment only; to reach us, Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm, or to find out how to set an appointment, please refer to our CMES contact page.

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CMES Libraries


Books & Videos 

The CMES library has around 2,000 books, journals, films, and CDs on the Middle East in many different languages. Most of these volumes are unique to our library on campus. Most items are available for checkout at the front desk. The library is open to UA faculty, students, staff, and community members.

Click here to access the CMES Book and Video Library catalog

The catalog does not show whether an item is checked out. Please call (520-621-5450) or write (sbs-cmes@email.arizona.edu) to place an item on hold or to check on availability before you come to the library. The library (and the entire Center) will only be accessible by appointment during the pandemic. Email Julie Ellison-Speight (jellison@email.arizona.edu) to set up an appointment during the available times on Tuesdays 10am-12pm and Thursdays 12-2pm.

Until CMES is fully open again, you will be able to check out reference books such as language dictionaries. Another feature of the new library policy is that items will be automatically renewed at the end of each 1 or 2 week period (depending on whether it’s a book or film) at least until the start of the spring semester. If an item checked out to you is requested by someone else, you will have until the end of the current 1-2 week period to return it. As always, exceptions can be made for extenuating circumstances.

The library is located at:

845 N. Park Avenue
Marshall Bldg Room 476

CMES library

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