Middle East & North African Collection


Laila Hussein, Middle East & North African Studies Librarian / Assistant Professor of Library Administration 

University of Illinois
Main Library, Room 321

Library Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 9am-7pm
Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday-Sunday: 1-5pm



Historical city of Petra in Jordan's Ma’an Governorate

Photo: by Susanahajer (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


The Middle East and North Africa collection (MENA) at the University of Illinois is a part of the International Area Studies Library. Our collection covers the region through the rise of Islam to the present and is developed to support the University’s centers and departments that offer courses related to the Middle East, North Africa, and the Islamic world.

The collection covers various disciplines of the humanities and the social sciences and includes languages such as Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Kurdish, Turkish, English, French, German, and Spanish. To locate non-Latin script language materials please follow the guideline set by the Library of Congress and the American Library Association, ALA-LC Romanization Tables.

This website is by no means a complete representation of the vast MENA collection however it serves as an entry way and portal to the digital and electronic resources available in the field.

If you have any questions or comments about using our collection, or wish to submit requests for new materials please contact Laila Hussein, Middle East & North African Studies Librarian.

Featured News 


Sultan Qaboos Collection Gift 
In October 2012, the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies received a grant from the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center in Washington, D.C. that included acquisition funds for a collection on Oman and Ibadi Islam. The Sultan Qaboos collection now includes 100 volumes , giving the Library of the University of Illinois one of the most comprehensive collections of its type in the Western hemisphere.

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