The Library

Biblioteca de la Escuela de Estudios Árabes

Since its creation in 1932, the Library at EEA (School of Arabic Studies) Granada has provided an essential service in support of research carried out at the school. It is responsible for managing and facilitating access to the specialized information resources required by researchers to carry out their work. As a member of the CSIC Network of Libraries and Archives, the library at the EEA has also become a point of service for all other libraries within the network, while benefiting at the same time from the resources and collections held by other network libraries.

The library can also be used by users that do not belong to the CSIC community to carry out research activities in other areas, such as teaching or in academic and professional fields.

It also actively collaborates in the dissemination of the results of scientific research, through its Digital.CSIC Delegated Archive service and in the organisation of cultural activities and bibliographic exhibitions. Similarly, it carries out dissemination work through web 2.0. Social Networks


The nature and subject matter of its collections is directly related to the teaching and research lines of the Institute, which revolve around Arab and Islamic studies with special attention to al-Andalus. They consist of printed and electronic books and journals, graphic material and archive documentation related to the history of the EEA.

They are organized as follows:

Prints: about 23,000 copies, including the most famous Arab historical sources and an important collection of reference composed of encyclopedias and dictionaries, catalogs of manuscripts, guides, and Arabic biographical dictionaries. The old books collection is composed of aproximately 1.800 works published between 1505 and 1920. Some of them are very representative of Orientalism and Arabism of the early days

Digital collections: access to more than 700,000 books and 16,000 electronic journals from the CSIC Virtual Library and to digitised books and manuscripts from Manuscript@CSIC and Simurg webpages.

Printed journals : around 400 scientific journals (53 of which are open subscriptions).

Media library: about 300 publications in magnetic media

Documents of Archive: administrative and scientific documentation that the institution has generated in the form of texts, photographs and graphic background since its foundation, in 1932, until the beginning of the eighties.

galeria biblioteca imagen37Manuscripts: 130 handwritten Arabic works in 75 items, among which it is worth highlighting the Treatise of Agriculture by Ibn Luyūn, composed in Almería in 1348; 1 miscellaneous codex in Hebrew with 9 titles and 31 Arabic documents from Granada and Morocco.

The origin of these works is varied:
– A part comes from the University of Granada, of which the School of Arab Studies was annexed between 1932-1939, running its Library as a section of the General University. (See Fundamental Law of January 27, 1932).
Purchase or donation of eminent arabists (Simonet, Gaspar Remiro, Guillén Robles)
Transfer of researchers from the center.

Part of the manuscript and the old printed collection has been digitized and is accessible through Manuscripta.CSIC and Simurg..

Publications about the Library:

La Escuela de Estudios Árabes y su Biblioteca en el programa “75 minutos” de Canal Sur TV

La Biblioteca-Archivo de la Escuela de Estudios Árabes, un servicio con proyección cultural y educativa

Piezas singulares en la Red de Bibliotecas y Archivos del CSIC: el Tratado de Agricultura de Ibn Luyun

El Arabismo práctico: aspectos interculturales en las actividades de la Escuela de Estudios Árabes, 1932-1956

Una Biblioteca para la Investigación en Estudios Árabes (Enredadera, nº 30, diciembre 2017)

16 marzo 2020: Cuando se acabó la normalidad. Diario de una biblioteca confinada

Fotografías del Archivo de la Escuela de Estudios Árabes: 1886-1950

Cultura científica en la Biblioteca-Archivo de la Escuela de Estudios Árabes (EEA-CSIC)

Printable library guide (Spanish) 

Annual repports:





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