ISAW Library exchanges publications with the Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures, Polish Academy of Sciences

By Gabriel McKee

Over the last decade, the ISAW Library has acquired or received donations of entire libraries of several individual scholars, and in the process has acquired a number of duplicate volumes, as well as materials outside the scope of the Institute. In light of ISAW's academic mission to support the study of the ancient world, the Library has committed itself to placing as many such volumes as possible at institutions where they are likely to have a profound and lasting scholarly or pedagogical impact. This winter, the ISAW Library continued this practice with the donation of several hundred books to the Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IKŚIO PAN)

The Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures was established in 2010 from the merger of the PAS's Research Center for Mediterranean Archaeology and the Center for Studies on Non-European Countries, established in 1956 and 1962 respectively. Since the merger, IKŚIO PAN has undertaken a robust program of publications, conferences, and events to promulgate information about the archaeology and history of the Mediterranean and the Near East. To support its mission, it has been expanding the holdings of its on-site research library. The ISAW Library transferred over 250 books and journals, including several of ISAW's own recent publications as well as older works on archaeology and ancient history, which will help to broaden and deepen the materials available to IKŚIO PAN's researchers. In its announcement of the exchangeIKŚIO PAN notes: "These are valuable scientific publications, rarely found in Polish libraries, which will undoubtedly facilitate the work of Polish scientists and will certainly be sought after by readers."

In exchange for this donation, the ISAW Library and NYU's Bobst Library received several dozen of the Polish Academy of Science's publications, including archaeological publications for ISAW and works on modern history, culture, and economics for Bobst. The ISAW Library is grateful to the Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures for engaging in this exchange.