Archives & Special Collections

The NEST Library Archives and Special Collections (ASC) is home to a unique collection of historical documents that reflects not only its own history but also the heritage of Protestantism in the Middle East. The collection includes approximately 1,900 archival items, close to 400 manuscripts, 100s of rare books, more than 200 photographs, 50 maps, the original manuscripts of the first translated Arabic Bible, and the custom-made commemorative Van Dyck cabinet (1890).  The links below provide detailed information about the contents of the ASC, divided into three categories for reference: manuscripts, rare books, and archives.

Please use the form below to request rare books and/or archival items from the Archives and Special Collection room before your visit.
Rare books and archival items may be requested for consultation, however, unless given special permission, manuscripts may be consulted only in digital format. For more information about referencing and access please contact

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The library hours are 8:00am - 10:30pm for students and 8:00am - 4:00 pm for visitors and/or researchers (with a break from 12:00pm-1:00pm).