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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Arabic-Language Materials at the UIUC Library: Around the Library

An introduction to the University Library's holdings of Arabic-language materials, including current periodicals, reference works, language-learning materials, databases, DVDs, archival collections, and the 55,000-volume general Arabic-language collection

Arabic-language movies and language-learning aids

A selection of Arabic-language feature films and language-learning aids can be checked out from the UIUC Undergraduate Library.  Several dozen additional Arabic-language movies and children's books are available at our local public libraries (Champaign's and Urbana's) -- search for "arabic language materials" in their shared online catalog.

Rare 19th-century Arabic materials from Mauritania

The Charles C. Stewart Papers in the University Archives include microfilm copies of over 2,000 19th-century Arabic manuscripts from Mauritania collected by Stewart (a UIUC History professor) in the late 1980s, as well as a copy of a massive commentary on the Qur'an by a noted Mauritanian scholar.

Live Arabic TV through your I-Pod, phone, etc.

Just across the sidewalk to the north of the Main Library, the Communications Library in Gregory Hall has a new international News Lounge where Library patrons can tune in to live TV broadcasts from around the world.  While one screen is always dedicated to Arabic-language programming, patrons can ask for specific channels (Al-Jazeera, Al-Jazeera Sports, BBC Arabic, etc.) to be turned on at any time.  Audio is available through earphones via any FM-enabled device (I-Pod, cell phone, etc.).  It is also possible to do video/audio recording of portions of broadcasts directly to a flash drive.