Library Collections

With over 26,000 items in its collection, the Marlowe Library is one of the richest of its kind in Afghanistan. Focusing on scholarly topics taught at AUAF, the Marlowe Library offers a comprehensive collection to satisfy the needs of AUAF students, faculty and staff. The collection can be broken down as follows:

  • Main Collection

The Main Collection is the largest collection in the Marlowe Library, holding 10,000 titles. Here you will find the majority of the library's circulating books. The main collection contains books related to academic majors and concentrations at AUAF, with a separate fiction section. Checkout limits and other information may be found in the library circulation policy. Main Collection books are checked out for three weeks and may be renewed for an additional three weeks if there are no pending holds.
The main collection is organized according to the Library of Congress Classification System.

  • Reference Collection

The reference collection includes basic research tools, such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, directories, bibliographies, and handbooks. Reference books cannot be borrowed. Library patrons may only use them inside the library.

  • English as Second Language (ESL) Collection

The Marlowe library has developed a comprehensive English as a Second Collection (ESL) collection appropriate to the needs of the ESL and newcomer communities, and the FSP and PDI departments. The focus of the collection is on the literacy and general information needs of this group. The collection promotes recreational reading through our classic and contemporary fiction collection and provides non-fiction educational resources in all formats. Books in the ESL collection range from elementary level to advanced level. There are almost 1000 books available in this collection. Books located in the ESL collection can be checked out at the circulation desk for three weeks. They may be renewed for an additional three weeks. Checkout limits and other information may be found in the library circulation policy.

  • Audio Visual Collection

The Marlowe Library holds a small but growing collection of digital video discs (DVDs) and Softwares.  The Audiovisual Collection contains a wide range of audio-visual material to support the research and study needs of staff and students. The audiovisual collection consists of almost 200 items, held separately from other collections. This collection does not include audiovisual materials attached to books of other collections. Most audiovisual materials are now available for a seven day loan period. Checkout limits and other information may be found in the library circulation policy.

DVDs may be played on library PCs or personal laptops in the quiet rooms. Headphones are available at the circulation desk during service hours. All inquiries about this collection should be directed to the circulation desk.

  • Law Collection

In order to support the law department’s research needs, the Marlowe Library also houses law material in a separate space within the library itself. This collection includes books on Afghan and international law. Throughout the semester, the law library space may be used by the general student population, but, at times, the law library may be reserved for law students only. These reservation times will be scheduled at the discretion of the law department and the Marlowe Library. This collection may be checked out for three weeks and renewed for an additional three weeks if there are no pending holds, but please be aware that the reference material in the law library is not available for checkout. Checkout limits and other information may be found in the library circulation policy.

  • Special Collection

Marlowe Library’s special collection is very small but is made up of rare titles. The titles include The Emergence of Modern Afghanistan by Gregorian and The Road to Balkh by Dupree. The special collection is not kept in the open shelves, but in the library, office to minimize deterioration of the material. However, the collection is available for checkout by the AUAF community. Checkout limits and other information may be found in the library circulation policy.

  • Laura Bush Reading Center Collection

The Laura Bush Reading Center (LBRC) is located in the International Center for Afghan Women’s Economic Development (ICAWED), across Darul Aman Road from the AUAF campus. The LBRC collection is included in the library catalog, but if the material is needed, students must go the LBRC to view the material. All material in the LBRC is a reference only and is not available for checkout.

  • Reserve Collection

The Reserve collection, in the main library stores only rarely used materials or high demand books. The materials in reserve collection usually kept by faculty members for their students. The loan period for this collection is only one hour or a maximum of two hours due to high demand. Renewal or recalls are not permitted on these items. You can ask for reserved material from the Circulation desk.

  • Textbooks Collection

We provide textbooks to our undergraduate students, these textbooks are ordered according to the AUAF curriculum. Textbooks are available only in print format and the loan period depends on the semester duration.

For more information please contact Mr. Ahmad Mansoor Mostamandi (Textbook Service Officer)

Email: mmostamandi@auaf.edu.af

  • Fiction Collection

The Library has an extensive range of fiction books for loan. The fiction collection includes items for all ages and tastes. The fiction collection includes books in the following genres: Fantasy, Horror, Mysteries, Romance and Science fiction

The fiction books are available to check out for three weeks and may be renewed for an additional three weeks if there are no pending holds.

  • STP (Standard Test Preparation) Collection

The STP collection includes books or materials which are needed for standardized tests. These tests may include TOEFL IBT, IELTS, ACCA and FIA, GRE, GMAT. The collections cover all required books for online tests.

The American University of Afghanistan Library

P.O. Box 458, Central Post Office, Darulaman Road, Kabul, Afghanistan

Tel:       +93 (0) 799 45 50 28 

Email:    library@auaf.edu.af

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