Does your university as a body provide public access to libraries including books and publications?

Libraries are one of the most vital assets and assessment criteria in private universities in light of technological and information technology advancements. Accordingly, the general policy of libraries is indispensable to Beirut Arab University’s policy, which is based on international quality standards in program and performance assessment and development. The relationship is embodied in the collaboration between the library administration to other administrations in the University. It is also expressed in the relationship of libraries to similar institutions in Lebanon and abroad and embodied through memberships and agreements. The availability of a sufficient budget for various library provisions also aids in carrying out this policy. The core concept in this policy is based upon the library’s commitment to protect intellectual property rights of academic staff and students.


The Library’s vision at Beirut Arab University is to enhance and develop library services in line with the University strategy of providing quality education and research, to follow up with technological developments to provide international e-service standards, and to support e-learning to enable libraries to become an educational center for users of the University and its community.


The University library administration constantly endeavors to achieve Beirut Arab University’s vision of supporting education and research by providing various information sources that fulfill the needs of users. In addition, the administration strives to supply information through international collaborative sources and networks. It also takes interest in developing human resources to accomplish anticipated future objectives.

Future Plans

To keep up with the latest trends, BAU libraries have devised different future projects including:

  1. Library technology advancement projects ( with the IT Department);

  • Providing students with mobile application library services

  • Applying the big data features in library services

  • Applying cloud-computing features in library services

  1. Library actual and short term work planning

  • Applying the concept of open educational resources that support course materials for professors

  • Increasing the collection development of open access resources

  • Working on virtual tour for library ( library tour)

  • Preparing of photo exhibition (BAU Memory) with the administration of public relation

  • Launching the digital repository online on the library webpage

  • Preserving and digitizing the rest of the rare books

  • Description of the rest of BAU photos (BAU Memory)

  • Cataloguing and digitization of press clippings

  • Digitization of maps

There are many resources you can benefit from inside and outside BAU. Explore the below links to find out more about each of them.

Ask a Librarian:

If you have any question, or if you need any help please feel free to contact us on:

Beirut Campus

Debbieh Campus

Debbieh Campus


It's one of the library services that allow students to borrow an item from the library according to some rules and limitations.

Borrowers and limitations

Borrowing /loan rules

To be able to borrow items ( external loan), libraries require a 100,000 L.L. deposit to provide this service. Students can re-claim this deposit at the end of the lending term or upon graduation.

It is requested to leave the book on the table after reading it.

Some items are not to be borrowed like: Dictionaries, encyclopedias, guides, and periodicals.

Renewing items are available once, unless if it is requested by another user.

Finally, a fine is imposed on any user who is returning an overdue item, in addition to other restrictions.


Visitors Can benefit from BAU Libraries collection and services within the library by paying a non- refundable subscription as follow:

  • One day pass for 5,000 L.L.

  • One week pass for 15,000 L.L

  • One month subscription for 25,000 L.L.

  • 3 months subscription for 50,000 L.L.

  • 6 months subscription for 75,000 L.L.

  • One year subscription for 100,000 L.L.

  • Medical Libraries & Engineering Library collection is available for building use only.

  • When using The online databases, visitors should pay a monthly additional fees of 25,000 L.L


It’s a service that enables professors and Students to reserve their books from home. It also allows them to check their borrowed items and fine. An account should be created by Your librarian in order to use this service.

For more Details about steps, please check this document.

Onsite Book Checking:

It is a service offered to library users that enable them to view/ use books and references within the library.

Inter-campus/Intra Library Loan:

Users fill the Intra-Library Loan Request Form found on the library webpage with personal information and book-related information. In addition, users specify the branch/ faculty and the library that the book is found in. So It follows the same rules of Circulation/Loan.

Click here to download the Intra-Library Loan Request form.

Inter Library Loan:

What is ILL/DDS Service

The Inter Library Loan service allows user to borrow items not available at BAU libraries starting October 2011 BAU library became a member in LIDS.

What is LIDS

LIDS is a network of Academic libraries in Lebanon whose main objective in the broadest sense is to share documents not available in the user’s local library thus increasing access to information materials for students, faculty and staff of the participating libraries.


  • LAU (Lebanese American University)

  • NDU (Notre Dame University)

  • UOB (University Of Balamand)

  • MEU (Middle East University)

  • USEK (Universite Saint Esprit De Kaslik)

  • Haigazian (Haigazian University)


  • BAU (Beirut Arab University)

  • AUB (American University of Beirut)

  • Banque du Liban

Borrowers and Limitations

Eligible Materials

Copies of articles and chapters: these are non- returnable materials; user can keep the copies.

Books : these are returnable materials ; the loan period is 14 days.

AV materials might be or might not be available for loan depending on the lending library.


Users should fills ILL/DDS online forms .Before ordering , you have to check the library catalog and the online databases to ensure that the requested item is not available at BAU Library . User must fill a separate form for each separate request.

How to order /to submit a request?

Services are offered free of charges.


Book Form

Article Form

Time needed

Usually it takes one week to receive materials from the lending library.

Notification and Alerts

Users will be notified by email when the requested materials.

Returning materials

Users have to return materials to the Circulation Department . They are responsible of any lost or damaged materials.

Copy right

BAU Libraries observes the Lebanese copy right law.

How do I contact the ILL/DDS?

Current Awareness:

It is a service that allows professors to receive an alert to inform them that their interested books are being available in BAU Libraries.

It is also available for the electronic resources, so that when a new online database is acquired by BAU Libraries an Email will be sent to the Faculty Members.

Newest subscribed online databases

Academic Staff Training:

It is a service offered to BAU Academic staff through which they are trained on how to use /search specific online databases. These workshops are initiated by the libraries or the online databases providers, and sometimes by the faculties based on their needs.

Library Classes:

As a part of the Information Literacy Program, BAU Libraries provide its students By Library Classes’ sessions at the beginning of each academic year.

  • The covered topics in these sessions are the following:

  • How To Search The Library Catalog

  • How To Search The Online Databases

  • How To Search The Open Access

  • How To Cite Information Resources

  • Turn it in: Plagiarism tool

  • EDS: EBSCO discovery service that enable user to search in all the databases at the same time.

  • Mendeley: Citations tool .

Click here to download the library classes form.

  • Multidisciplinary open access resources