As of 2012, the Near East book Collection (NEC) at Princeton University Library contains more than 457,596 printed books in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish and is one of the greatest collections of Near Eastern research materials in the United States. Most extensive are the Arabic holdings, with over 252,563 printed books. There are, in addition, 55,212 Persian, 75,119 Turkish (Modern and Ottoman, and Azerbaijani), and 74,702 modern and Rabbinic Hebrew printed books. The collection also contains a smaller selection of Aramaic, Armenian, Avestan, Berber, Coptic, Kurdish, Sumerian, Syriac, and Urdu materials. Current books are acquired on a regular basis from all the countries of the Near East and Islamic Africa.
If you are having trouble locating works in your Main Catalog search, check to be sure you are using the correct transliteration. Links to PDFs of the current American Library Association and Library of Congress (ALA-LC) approved Romanization Tables for selected languages are available under the ROMANIZATION TABLES tab in this Library Guide.
Richardson call numbers in Firestone (those that begin with four-digit numerals) have been converted to Library of Congress call numbers (which are alpha-numeric).
If the need arises to search a title with a Richardson call number, it is possible to search the Main Catalog for the title (as a "title") or the Richardson call number itself (as a "keyword") in order to obtain the current location and call number information.
Patrons may view the complete list of recently cataloged NEC titles by clicking on the "View RSS Feed" link below. Titles are sorted by language.
If you do not see a title that you believe would be useful to have in our collection or if you have suggestions for the NEC, please make them here or email James Weinberger directly - firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are submitting a title request, please be sure to have as much bibliographic information as is possible.