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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.



A 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.

Research room 2, which is a quiet place for study and some of the library collection is held there.

The main office on the ground floor which houses our Arabic book collection and some reference books.


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, kindly donated by Prof David Kennedy's Aerial Archaeology of Jordan Project, of our maps of Jordan are available for consultation on-site. 

Opening Hours

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. 


Browse Our Book and Journal Titles Online

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

Search the Catalogue (external users)
Search the Catalogue (inside the BIA Library)

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.


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