Albright Institute Library (AIL)

Identity area

Identifier

JM-AIL

Authorized form of name

Albright Institute Library (AIL)

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research
  • American School of Oriental Studies

Type

Contact area

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Address

Street address

26 Salah El-Din Street P.O. Box 19096

Locality

Jerusalem

Region

Country name

Postal code

91190

Telephone

+ 972 (0)2-6261058

Fax

Email

Note

Description area

History

The library was first established as part of the American School of Oriental Studies in 1900. It is considered the first American research library in the Middle East. It was moved to its current location in 1926 and expanded later to include two basements (originally water cisterns) and a gallery. In 1996 the library was partially damaged as a result of flooding in one of the basements. The library contains important archaeological collections, the personal archives of archaeologists such as Edmund I. Gordon in 1979, Douglas E. Esse in 1993, and others.

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Administrative structure

Records management and collecting policies

Buildings

Holdings

The main collection consists of about 15,000 monographs, 700 journal titles, 170 maps (many from the 17Pth, 18Pth and 19Pth centuries). Another 2,000 off-prints, 150 microfiches, 5,000 slides, 43 sound recordings, and many archival collections. There are about 960 archival boxes, many cardboard boxes and also metal cabinets filled with archival collections, mainly excavation material, consisting of plans, photographs, glass and celluloid negatives, scholars' papers. Some of the unique items include a Samaritan scroll and a collection of 19th century photos taken in the Ultraorthodox neighbourhoods.

Finding aids, guides and publications

The catalogue is available online: http://www.aiar.org:81/opac.htm

Access area

Opening times

Sunday – Thursday, 10:00 - 15:00

Access conditions and requirements

Accessibility

Services area

Research services

Reproduction services

Public areas

Control area

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Status

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Entry prepared on November 2018.

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Sources

http://www.aiar.org/
Jerusalem historical libraries and archives revisited, Revised report prepared for Open Jerusalem, October 2014, Merav Mack

Maintenance notes

Author : Open Jerusalem http://www.openjerusalem.org/

Access points

Access Points

  • Clipboard

Primary contact

26 Salah El-Din Street
P.O. Box 19096
Jerusalem 91190