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Al-Sharekh Archive

An online archive searchable by titles of publications and articles, which includes online journals from the late 19th and early 20th centuries from a variety of geographies across the Middle East, North Africa and beyond. The publications are in part incomplete and not downloadable.

AUB University Archives

The AUB University Archives collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to unique, historic, and rare primary sources that document the history and culture of the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, the Arab World, and the region at large. The collections include more than 1,800 manuscripts, 35,000 rare books, 10,000 volumes of AUB theses, projects, and dissertations; 10,000 periodicals, 11,500 posters, 1,200 postcards, 2,000 maps, 100,000 photographs and 1,200 linear feet of archival material, including papers of famous intellectuals, journalists, musicians, artists, and politicians.

AUC Rare Books and Special Collections Digital Library

The AUC Rare Books and Special Collections Digital Library at the American University in Cairo supports research and teaching in the arts, culture, and society of Egypt and the Middle East by providing online access to unique cultural heritage resources. It offers resources from the University Archives, Rare and Special Books, Archives and Manuscripts Collections, Oral History Interviews, Regional Architecture Collections, Photography Collections, as well as periodicals.

Bibliothèque Numérique Marocaine

Since 2010, the Bibliothèque Nationale du Royaume du Maroc digitalizes its body of literature and offers public online access under Bibliothèque Numérique Marocaine. The site most notably features monographs, journals and audio-visual documents, aiming at protecting documents related to Morocco and its culture. Over 2.000.000 pages have been digitalized so far.

Seit 2010 digitalisiert die Bibliothèque Nationale du Royaume du Maroc ihre Bestände und bietet einen freien Zugriff über die Bibliothèque Numérique Marocaine an. Zu diesen Beständen gehören v. a. Monographien, Zeitschriften und audiovisuelle Dokumente. Ihr Ziel ist die Sicherung der Marokko und seine Kultur betreffenden Dokumente. Bis dato wurden über 2.000.000 Seiten digitalisiert.

Directory of Free Arab Journals

The Directory of Free Arab Journals (دليل العوريات العربية المجانية) is a free database for all Arabic journals that have been published by Arabic universities or reasearch institutes. There is no focus on any specific field, however the website is restricted to non-profit publishers. Via an enhanced search function, journals can be searched by specific areas to then via link be accessed at their institution of publishing. Currently (by June 2017) there are 250 journals from 17 countries by 172 publishers available on the website. The website is updated every 4 months and entirely in Arabic, though an English interface is in process.

El Taher

This website tranfers Mohamed Ali Eltaher's heritage from manuscript and paper format to digital media and provides the sources and references needed for those who are interested to learn more about him, and, more importantly to learn about the history of the Near East and North Africa between 1912 and 1974. The online archive offers first-hand original material, like several books and many articles and interviews appearing in several newspapers and periodicals in the Arab world, as well as documents and photographs.


Al-Hakawati is an independent non-profit educational organization. Management and staff are located in Beirut, Lebanon, and New Jersey, USA. Al-Hakawati offers a digital public library of Arab and Islamic culture, whereby the content covers the 22 Arab states, members of the Arab League. The content is arranged thematically in ten sections, each with several subsections. New entries are regularly added.

The Qatar Digital Library

The Qatar Digital Library (QDL) offers a vast archive featuring the cultural and historical heritage of the Gulf and wider region freely available online. It includes archives, maps, manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs and much more. Moreover QDL completes those archives with contextualised explanatory notes and links, in both English and Arabic.
The QDL has been developed as part of a 10-year Memorandum of Understanding on Partnerships between the Qatar Foundation, the Qatar National Library and The British Library.

Die Qatar Digital Library (QDL) bietet ein online verfügbares Archiv bestehend aus dem kulturellen und historischen Erbe der Golfregion. Es umfasst Archive, Karten, Manuskripte, Tonaufnahmen, Fotografien und vieles mehr. Darüber hinaus vervollständigt QDL diese Archive mit kontextbezogenen Erläuterungen und Links, sowohl in Englisch als auch in Arabisch. Die QDL wurde im Rahmen eines 10-jährigen „Memorandum of Understanding“ (Absichtserklärung) über Partnerschaften zwischen der Qatar Foundation, der Qatar National Library und der British Library entwickelt.