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There are currently over 40,000 scholarly items about the ancient world in the ISAW collection, spanning the sweep of the ancient Eurasian world, from the western Mediterranean, across the Near East and Central Asia, to northern China. Bibliographic information about our collection is available via Bobcat, the NYU Libraries online catalog. We also post lists of new titles to our collection monthly, both online and in a Zotero library.

Members of the ISAW research community may draw not only on the ISAW Library collection, but also on the entire NYU global collection, with a range of scanning and delivery services available to scholars and graduate students. In addition to NYU's deep collection of e-resources, including databasesebooks, and electronic journals, ISAW Library patrons also benefit from NYU's book-sharing program EZ Borrow and, for those rarer items, Interlibrary Loan.

Of course, one of the great advantages of studying the ancient world in New York is the fact that the metropolitan region boasts some of the richest library collections in the world.

The ISAW library also has a range of digital initiatives that aim at increasing discovery and access to resources about the ancient world. Two of these initiatives are Ancient World Digital Library (AWDL) and our joint project with ISAW Digital Programs to help catalog the online and open access resources described on the Ancient World Online (AWOL).

Finally, if you are looking for bibliography, we are building a library of online subject guides related to various areas, topics, and methodologies in ancient studies.

If you need any help looking for scholarly resources about the ancient world in the ISAW, NYU, online, or anywhere else, please let us know!