The CBRL Kenyon Institute Library is a reference library (i.e. non-lending) but it is the only library open to the public in East Jerusalem. We specialise in books and periodicals on archaeology and the history and politics of Jerusalem and Israel/Palestine. We have over 10,000 volumes and over 100 periodicals. There is also a large collection of historical maps and site plans, some of which are very rare.

Catalogue and Collections 

Library opening hours

Monday to Thursday, 9am to 3.30pm.

We welcome readers during our opening hours. KI hostel residents have 24-hour access to the library. Free wireless internet is available.

The Kenyon Institute's librarian, Mr Hussain Ghaith

The library is located on the ground floor of the Kenyon Institute. There are three rooms: a book library, a periodicals library, and a study room with work stations (as shown in the picture on the right).
We are grateful for the support of the AlTajir and Barakat Trusts for their long-term support of the KI library which has made possible the employment of our librarian, Mr Hussein Ghaith. 

The library's main strengths lie in the following key research areas:

The Secret Keeper by M. Mokhtar (Cairo)

  • Jerusalem (all periods of archaeology, art, architecture, social and cultural history)
  • The early Christian, Byzantine, early Islamic, Crusader & medieval, Mamluk, post-medieval & Ottoman periods in Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and to a more limited extent in other parts of the Near East, e.g. Turkey
  • Historical photography of Jerusalem and Palestine
  • Cultural heritage management
  • Mandate history, including British and European engagement
  • Contemporary Palestinian studies

Browse our books and journals online

'Liberty' is our online catalogue system (OPAC). To search for books, journals and offprints, follow the link below. 

Search the catalogue

Please note that the CBRL Library Catalogue includes both the Kenyon Institute and the British Institute Amman collections. Please be sure to check the location of your book.

NOTE: not all our rare books are listed on the catalogue, please contact the Kenyon Institute Director for details (
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Electronic journal access: JSTOR is available on-site.

Book suggestions and donations

j-stor logoWe are always working to improve our collections and keep them up-to-date. We welcome book suggestions and donations to the subject areas in which we specialise. Please contact the Kenyon Institute director ( with suggestions.

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