Mapping Asia homepage Mapping Asia splash logo
Project background Search collections Search newspapers Language skills External links Contributors login
Back to results pageQuick collection searchBrowse collection recordsAdvanced collection search

Ancient Near East Studies

Collection Details

Ancient Near East Studies held at University of Durham Library [Institution record]

Description of Collection

Content description

Monographs: 13,000 volumes, on a wide range of subjects, including Egyptology, Semitic Studies & Philology, Coptic Studies, Ancient Palestine, Assyriology, Oriental Christianity and Post-Biblical Hebrew. Periodicals: no periodicals specifically on the Ancient Near East are subscribed to at present, but Durham University Library's extensive holdings on history and archaeology will hold a great deal of material of interest to researchers in this area.

History and development

Same as general holdings


The library's Ancient Near East collection has many areas of strength. It holds approximately 3000 volumes of Egyptology, c.1150 items on Assyriology and Ancient Mesopotamia, c.350 general works on Oriental Christianity, 650 items of Coptic Studies material and 770 volumes on Syriac language and literature. There are also 1720 volumes on post-Biblical Hebrew and c.1600 works on Ancient Palestine. The areas where current acquisitions are concentrated are Egyptology, Assyriology and Ancient Palestine.

General arrangement and access regulations

The Ancient Near Eastern studies collections of Durham University Library are split between: 1) A sequence of older material, formerly held in the library's Oriental Section before its closure in 1987, classified in the Library of Congress classification scheme and not catalogued online. 2) Post-1987 material and older material reclassified into Dewey and catalogued online, shelved as part of the main book sequence. Most of the stock on the Ancient Near East is on open access (a minority is in store) and items in all languages in the collection are shelved together. To gain a complete picture of holdings, both sequences must be examined

Subjects of the Collection

Regions of Asia

Near & Middle East and North Africa.

Languages of material

English, French, German, Hebrew.


Archaeology, Arts, Language, Literature, Philosophy, Religion.

Collection Material and Size of Collection

Material Types


Total size of collection

13,000 volumes

Size of collection - vernacular

c.100 volumes in Hebrew

Size of collection - western

12,900 volumes

Collection Management Information

The collection is being actively developed, and the average intake has stayed the same.

Annual intake

c. 200 volumes

Content date range

0 to 0 AD

Interlibrary loan procedure

Collection Catalogue Information


Only 25% of Durham University Library's Ancient Near Eastern Studies holdings are catalogued in the OPAC. The rest - the material still classified in Library of Congress classification - is recorded in the library's manual catalogues - the Oriental Draft catalogue for material received up to 1975 and the Author catalogue, closed in 1990. These are available on Level 2 of the Main Library.

Back to results pageQuick collection searchBrowse collection recordsAdvanced collection search