Our goal is to provide access to rare and unique primary sources to support, enrich, and augment the research interests of students and faculty, and to document the history of NYUAD through the collection and preservation of archival material.

As our collections grow, we welcome suggestions from the NYUAD community. Please get in touch with any comments, concerns, or suggestions by emailing nyuad-asc-group@nyu.edu.


Archives and Special Collections materials are available to NYUAD students, faculty, and staff, as well as qualified researchers from the UAE and abroad. Materials are non-circulating, and must be viewed in the Special Collections reading room.


Collection highlights include:

The Global Shakespeare Collection

Featuring works of Shakespeare translated into over twenty languages, printed as early as the 18th century.

The Arabian Book Collection

Explores the intellectual history of the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia from multiple perspectives and includes rare editions of medieval Arabic poetry, works by early thinkers such as Ibn Sina, and travel narratives from Arab explorers as well as foreigners visiting the region.

The Photobook Collection

Broadly addresses the history of the photography book, with an added focus on the MENASA region.

The NYU Abu Dhabi Capstone Archives

Includes student capstone reports, essays, films, supplementary materials and audiovisual documentation of capstone events.

The Abu Dhabi Film Festival Collection

Features archives related to the festival as well as films shown therein, particularly short and non-commercial films and those created by Emirati and regional filmmakers.


Reading Room Access

Request items, in advance via e-mail or during your visit.

Short-term Loans

Special Collections materials may be loaned for teaching and/or exhibition.

Photocopies and Digital Photography

Request photocopies of unbound materials, or permission to digitally photograph specific materials.

Learn more on our Plan Your Visit page.