Library Mission and Vision Statement:

The Oman Library at the Middle East Institute's mission is to provide materials and services to help students and scholars obtain information meeting their personal, educational and professional needs. Special emphasis is placed on providing reference services to users, and on making facilities available for individuals, organizations and agencies.

The library, originally named after MEI's founder George Camp Keiser, was created with the Middle East Institute's birth in 1946 and is housed in a carriage house behind MEI's main building. Following a generous endowment by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the library acquired its current name.

The library is open to the public; however, only MEI members are allowed to borrow books. Journals cannot be checked out, but photocopy and scanning services are available. Click here for more information regarding library policies and procedures and here for information on how to become an MEI member.

The library will also make significant additions to electronic materials and host exhibitions of rare materials. The library is known to have the most considerable English language collection of literature on the Middle East in Washington outside the Library of Congress, and holds materials in regional languages such as Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish and Persian. Works in the library include material covering current events, economics, history, politics, religion, and languages of the Middle East. It is estimated to house approximately 20,000 books and periodicals, all devoted to the region.