The CBRL British Institute Library is one of the best English language academic libraries in Amman. It is a reference library (i.e. non-lending) so please plan to spend some time with us when you visit. We specialise in books and periodicals on archaeology, anthropology, history, and international relations, with specialist sections on Arabic language, islamic history, political Islam, gender studies, refugee studies, and media studies.

Catalogue and Collections


Our library opening hours are:

Sun - Thurs, 8:30am - 5pm. 

We welcome readers during our opening hours. 

BIA hostel residents have 24 hour access to the library.

Free wireless internet is available.

For assistance, please contact

The library is located on the first floor of the British Institute Amman (BIA). Study carrells and desks are available for use. 

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Library facilities include:

The BIA Library Front Office with two open access computers.

A Monographs Room which houses the majority of our book collection.

A Journals Room.

An Archive Room which houses our map, rare book and off-print collections.

The Reading Room is a quiet place for study and Dewey Numbers 0.00 - 320 of the library collection is held there.

The BIA Main Office on the ground floor which houses our Arabic book collection and some reference books.


Browse our book and journal titles online 

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The collection of the BIA library is fully searchable using the tool below.

Search the Catalogue (CBRL Library Catalogue)

For a guide on how to use this catalogue search engine, please see our library welcome guidelines

Note: The CBRL Library Catalogue includes both the British Institute Amman and the Kenyon Institute collections. Be sure to check the location of your book.

Electronic journal access to JSTOR is available on-site.

Archive Room

We have an extensive collection of maps of Jordan, comprising topographical, geological and soil maps, as well as general maps of the Levant.

Digitised versions of our maps are available for consultation on-site kindly donated by the Aerial Archaeology of Jordan (AAJ) project. The AAJ project is directed by Prof David Kennedy and Dr Bob Bewley and is a CBRL Affiliated Project.

For more image resources, please see the Aerial Photographic Archive for Archaeology in the Middle East (APAAME) project, founded by Prof David Kennedy, and associated Flickr archive. Since 1998 APAAME has been directed by Prof David Kennedy and Dr Bob Bewley. Dr Bob Bewley is Director of the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMEMA) project based at the University of Oxford.

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Book Suggestions and Donations

We are always working to improve our collections and keep them up-to-date. We welcome book suggestions and donations. 

Please contact

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