Agreements and Partnerships

Library partnerships

USEK Library strives to facilitate the development of collaborative partnerships with several international associations and organizations.

The following are organizations that USEK Library has partnerships with to fulfill its mission to “expand its network through national and international initiatives and partnerships”: 
e-corpus is a collective digital and heritage library founded in 2009. Updated regularly, it classifies and broadcasts multiple types of documents: manuscripts, archives, books, newspapers, prints, sound recordings, videos...
Managed by the Center for Book Conservation (Arles, France), this hybrid platform promotes cultural diversity in the world and particularly in the Euro-Mediterranean area. It offers thematic corpus and a large amount of digital data issued from many institutions in several countries. It relies on the most modern technology for easy multimedia and multilingual access. 
The World Digital Library provides a free extensive documentation in several languages from countries and cultures around the world on the Internet.
The main objectives of the World Digital Library are:
  • Promote international and intercultural understanding
  • Expand the volume and variety of cultural content on the Internet
  • Provide resources for educators, researchers and general public
  • Empower partner institutions to reduce the digital divides within and between countries 

Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
As one of the world’s leading cultural preservation organizations, HMML’s mission is to identify, digitally photograph, catalog, and archive the contents of endangered manuscripts belonging to threatened communities, and then to make these unique cultural resources available to users around the world. 
I-Revues is:

  • A service offered to publishers in any scientific field for the electronic dissemination of journals, scientific conferences and books services
  • A catalog containing approximately forty publications and more than 20,000 documents.

Built on a collaborative technology from free software (DSpace and Lodel) I-Revues makes it possible to meet scientific publishers’ needs related to economic models of diffusion and publication. 

e-ktobe is a database for Syriac manuscripts which gathers information about texts and their physical aspects (materials, composition notebooks, binder, writing, etc.), colophons and notes of Syriac manuscripts. e-ktobe combines extensive information about people (copyists, sponsors, restoration specialists, etc.), places and dates in connection with the preparation of Syriac manuscripts. 

Library Memberships

Consortial memberships 

In January 2002, the libraries of four private academic institutions established the Lebanese Academic Library Consortium (LALC), the first library consortium in Lebanon.
LALC’s mission is “to cooperate in the selection, pricing negotiations and access methods of electronic resources” for the best interests of the Universities and their library users. 

LIDS consortium was established in October 2007, when a formal LOA was signed between LIDS members in which the parties agreed to establish a consortium under the name of "Lebanese ILL/DD Services – LIDS”.
“The main objective of LIDS members shall be to use their best endeavors to implement ILL/DDS, the process by which the request or supply of books or copies of articles are managed between libraries.”

Institutional Memberships  

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
(IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession.

USEK Library is registered in the following IFLA sections and Special Interest Group (SIG):

provides leadership for the development, promotion and enhancement of the library and information sector to provide quality services to the Lebanese community. 

MELCom International, the European Association of Middle East Librarians, is a non-governmental organization, devoted to promoting co-operation among individuals and institutions in Europe, the Middle East and throughout the world concerned with all aspects of (Middle East) librarianship, book collecting, the book trade and publishing. 

MLA is a nonprofit, educational organization with more than 4,000 professional members and partners in health sciences information worldwide. MLA provides lifelong educational opportunities, supports a knowledgebase of health information research, and works with a global network of partners to promote the importance of quality information to improve the health of the community and the public.
USEK Library is registered in the following MLA sections:

Established in 1985, the North American Serials Interest Group, Inc. (NASIG) is an independent organization that promotes communication and sharing of ideas among all members of the serials information chain – anyone working with or concerned about serial publications.