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.