The ACOR Library is one of the premier research libraries in the region. It contains over 45,000 volumes and periodicals; with a focus on archaeology, anthropology, Arabic language and culture, art and architecture, conservation, history (Jordan and Near East), and Near Eastern studies.
The ACOR library also offers an excellent collection of more than 1,500 maps covering Jordan’s topography, geology, and archaeological sites, as well as regional maps, rare topographic maps of Palestine, and a rare complete Tübinger Atlas des Vorderen Orients.
ACOR also houses an impressive collection of more than 100,000 slides and images of Jordanian archaeological sites, excavations, and artifacts, including slides documenting ACOR’s Petra Church Project, from its inception to completion. ACOR’s Library provides important research resources unavailable elsewhere in Jordan.
Please note, however, that we are a non-circulating library and it is not permitted to take books out of the library at any time.
Cooperation with other libraries in Jordan and development of unique assets and resources are key goals of the ACOR Library. Over 40,000 volumes are on hand at this time and donations and purchases are expanding the reference collection rapidly. The library has undertaken the task of developing a common database between itself, other research institutes in Amman and the local universities. In the interest of efficiency and economy, efforts have been made to eliminate duplication in the Jordanian libraries. If one source of publications is available, the libraries seek not to overlap the same resources.
In 2007 ACOR was able to introduce two new technologies to the ACOR library. First, we put the library catalog on an online database so that remote visitors may view the ACOR library holdings. Second, we were able to provide researchers at the ACOR library with access to JSTOR, the online archive for accessing scholarly articles from more than a thousand international academic journals. Accessing these articles is an essential part of engaging in professional scholarship. JSTOR offers researchers the ability to retrieve high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated.
ACOR’s Library is the public location in Jordan where researchers and students can have full access to JSTOR for free.
Sunday-Thursday: 8:00AM – 4:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Closed Fridays & Holidays
Covid update: To request a date/time for using the library and for any questions about library access, please contact us via the above email.