Private Collections

The role of the Private Collections is to acquire, arrange, describe, preserve, and make books available from the private libraries of prominent Lebanese people. These books are of enduring value because of their intellectual and academic content. These Collections fit into the mission of the USEK Library to ensure the preservation and long-lasting availability of resources of national and ethnic heritage, as well as to support the research needs of the undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, researchers, and the academic community at large.


Major collections include the private libraries of:
  • Maurice El Gemayel
    Cheikh Maurice El Gemayel is a Lebanese politician, born in 1907, in Mansourah, Egypt. He is married and has six children. He accomplished his secondary education at Antoura and obtained his L.L.B diploma from the Paris Law University. He was a court attorney, and was elected deputy of Metn in 1960, Minister of State for the Financial Affairs from August 1st, 1960 to May 20, 1961 and re-elected deputy of Metn in April 1964. Gemayel was also member of the Political Office of Phalanges (Kataëb) and author of “La Planification Intégrale des Eaux Libanaises”, and of numerous books about economy and Lebanese resources.
  • Joseph Oughourlian
    Joseph Oughourlian is an American trader who was born in Beirut, Lebanon. He is the newest member of the Central Board of Directors of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU). AGBU is the largest nonprofit Armenian organization, established in 1906, which aims to preserve and promote the Armenian identity and heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs. Joseph Oughourlian is the co-founder, managing partner, and chief executive officer of Amber Capital Investment Management. Amber Capital is an event-driven hedge fund. Oughourlian headed the Equity Arbitrage Proprietary Trading Desk at Société Générale between 1997 and 2001.
  • Boutros Dib
    Boutros Dib, a consultant in political, economic and juridical matters, was born on August 23, 1922 at Banias in Syria. He is the son of Youssef Dib and Marie born Elias. Dib is married to Lily Charaoui and they have four children. He studied Law and History in Secondary and got his baccalaureate in Philosophy. He obtained a L.L.B diploma (Doctorat d’État Français). Dib is a professor at St. Joseph University and the Lebanese University where he teaches Pedagogy, Theology, and Law facilities, as well as at the Institute of Political Sciences and Oriental Letters, and he is also a professor at the Military School. Dib was the Director General at the Ministry of Information from 1959 till 1964, the Dean of the Faculty of Law and Economical Sciences at the Lebanese University from 1964 till 1965, the Ambassador at UNESCO from 1966 till 1968, the General Director of the Presidency of the Republic from 1968 till 1975, the Ambassador of the Apostolic See from 1975 till 1977, the Rector at the Lebanese University from 1977 till 1980, and finally, the Ambassador to France from 1980 till 1982. He has received numerous decorations from several Countries (Grand Cross, Grand Officer, and Commander).
  • Assaad Germanos
    Assaad Germanos, son of Youssef Germanos, is a retired Magistrate. He was born in 1931 in Lebanon .He is married and has three children. Germanos studied at St. Joseph University of Beirut in the Law Faculty and got his L.L.B. diploma. He was the judge, the Court President, and the advisor of the First Chamber of the Court of North Lebanon in 1964. Germanos was the President of Labor Court in North Lebanon in 1965, the sole judge of summary jurisdiction, an examining judge of Beirut in 1967 and an examining judge in banking affairs in 1968, Military General Attorney of Lebanon in 1971, and finally, he was a Counselor at the Court of Appeal from 1983 till 2005.
  • Kamal Salibi
    Kamal Salibi, son of Suleiman Salibi, is an academic born in 1929. He studied at the American University of Beirut, London University, and obtained his Doctorate in History from London University in 1953. He has been appointed as professor of History of Lebanon and Medieval Near East for the History Department at AUB in 1953. He is the author of several articles and studies published in specialized journals and books, especially “Reformed Administration in Lebanon” and “The Modern History of Lebanon”, both published in London by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, and also “Crossroads to Civil War” in 1976 , “Syria under Islam, Empire on Trial 634-1097” in 1977, “A History of Arabia” in 1980.
  • Robert Ghanem
    Robert Ghanem, son of the former commander of the Lebanese Army, Iskandar Ghanem and of Mrs. Laurice Khoury, is an Attorney-at-Law and a deputy born on June 18, 1942 at Saghbine, Lebanon. He was married to Viviane Haddad on January 23, 1975 in Beirut and has two children. He studied at Notre Dame de Jamhour and then at St. Joseph University at the Faculty of Law where he got his M.A. in law. He was the Secretary of the Committee of Foreign Affairs of the Parliament from 1962 till 1964, the Secretary of Parliament from 1964 till 1965, the Secretary of the Committee of Foreign Affairs from 1965 till 1966, as well as the Secretary of Parliament from 1967 till 1968, and finally, Secretary to the Minister of Education from 1970 till 1971. Ghanem is an Attorney at Law who set up his own office since 1969 in Beirut, and then Paris between 1978 and 1992. He has also been a member of the Parliament since 1992, a member of the Higher Committee for the Trial of the President and Ministers, a reporter in the Educational committee of the Parliament between 1992 and June 1995 and again in November 1996.
  • Anna Tabet
    Lebanese painter

To search for materials housed in the Private Collections, please visit our Library Catalog .

Request Materials
Material from the Private Collections does not go on display; all items must be consulted in the reading room because of the fragile and/or unique nature of the materials. However, we do offer a wide array of duplication services to our researchers, including photocopying and digital reproductions through the Digital Development Center. Place a request.