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.

There are many ways to support our library. Two main funds serve the ACOR library.  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.


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 the 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.


Buy and give books that ACOR has listed on our Amazon Wish List

ACOR has a “wish list” of books that we wish were in the ACOR library on  The link to ACOR’s wish list is here or you can just search Amazon wish lists for “ACOR – The American Center of Oriental Research.”  Books bought on Amazon are shipped to ACOR’s office in Boston, MA.


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 the region are also needed.


How to donate books:

Determine your books, publications, periodicals, journals, maps and photographs to be donated.

Determine value of the assets.

Contact the ACOR library in Amman.

A letter of appreciation / certificate of donation will be mailed to you for tax purposes, although the valuation is provided by you, for the donation.


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


Occasionally, review your holdings for excess, and remember ACOR.


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.