Supporting the ACOR Library


Lower level of ACOR library; photo by Humi Ayoubi
Lower level of ACOR library; photo by Humi Ayoubi

The library is the heart of the services provided to researchers and scholars at ACOR. It houses a large collection of books and periodicals on the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the archaeological sites within its boundaries and a comprehensive collection of archaeological books on the Arab Middle East. It is also the only public library in Jordan to provide free access to JSTOR for patrons. JSTOR is a valuable tool, not only for providing unparalleled access to research materials, but also as a magnet to bring about greater international scholarly interaction.

ACOR’s Library and its electronic resources are actively utilized by Jordanian professors, scholars, and students, ACOR fellows, and the international community. Thanks to free access to ACOR’s Library and to JSTOR, many Jordanian professors have been able to keep up in their fields and many Jordanian students have been able to finish their theses and dissertations.

Maintaining the ACOR library is an expensive endeavor and we welcome support from individuals and institutions. No donation is too small or too large.

Your donation can help:

  • Support for the annual fees to allow scholars to access JSTOR for free.
  • Purchase resources to expand ACOR’s collections in the fields of archaeology, art history, conservation, cultural heritage, history, and Middle Eastern studies.
  • Support provision of technical assistance to scholars by ACOR’s skilled library staff.

You can support the library by giving a cash contribution via the below link, or by mailing a check to our US office in Alexandria, VA. In addition, individuals may give books or other in-kind resources to the ACOR library.

Library Support                                                       

Cash donations to the Library Support Fund are directly channeled into the acquisition of new books and the renewal of journal subscriptions.

Donate to the ACOR Library online by using this form and writing “Library Support” under “Additional Details.” 

You can also send a check to to the U.S. Office Mailing Address:

209 Commerce Street
Alexandria, VA 223314-2909

Subject line: Library Support.


ACOR Library Funding History:

Anne C. Ogilvy Memorial Library Endowment

The Ogilvy Endowment is an investment that is professionally managed on ACOR’s behalf by a private company. ACOR is not able to draw on the principal of the endowment, but may draw on the interest earned. Income from the fund is to be used exclusively for library operations.

The Anne C. Ogilvy Memorial Library Endowment ensures the purchase of new acquisitions and maintenance of the literary assets of the library. The Ogilvy Endowment was created by multiple donors. Learn more about the legacy of Anne C. Ogilvy and the important role she played in developing the ACOR library.

Other Support

The ACOR’s library has been fortunate in the past to receive generous funding for the renewal of furniture and computers in the library from the U.S. Embassy in Jordan, USAID and USIA, the Canada Fund, the Embassy of Canada, and the Government of Canada.

The ACOR Library was privileged to receive two Library Acquisitions grants in 2003-2005 and 2006-2008 from the Getty Foundation. These grants enabled ACOR to significantly expand its collections in the fields of archaeology, art history, and conservation.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has funded ACOR’s access to JSTOR though the Digital Library for International Research Initiative of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s commitment to this project substantially enhances the resources available at the ACOR library to resident scholars, fellows, and library visitors.

Donate Your Books or Other Items to the ACOR Library

ACOR accepts donations of individual books and also entire libraries. Although the needs of ACOR are limited and specific in scope, all books, maps, periodicals and journals are of interest. Items can be bartered or traded for needed research works even if the ACOR library cannot use the donated items.

The ACOR library is particularly interested in works the fields of: archaeology, geography, social sciences, political science, Arabic language, Jordan, Jordanian culture, Arabic culture and related fields. Maps of Jordan and the Middle East region are also needed.

For more information on how to make an in-kind donation to the ACOR library, please contact the head librarian.

Contact Information:

Head Librarian: Ms. Carmen Ayoubi

ACOR Library
P.O. Box 2470
Amman 11181, Jordan
Phone: 962-6-534-6117; Fax: 962-6-534-4181

ACOR is a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization, as determined by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Thus, your donation may be eligible for a charitable deduction for U. S. federal, state and municipal income taxes purposes, depending on your tax situation.