On August 7th, New York University Libraries proudly announced that Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, approved a grant of $1.34 million to support Arabic Collections Online (ACO), a major project to create an open-access, digital library of public-domain Arabic language content.
Since 2013, ACO has been a partnership between New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) and NYU New York. Currently, ACO provides digital access to 8,785 volumes across 5,630 subjects drawn from Arabic collections of distinguished research libraries.
With the support of NYU Abu Dhabi, ACO plans to digitize 23,000 volumes from NYU and partner institutions by the end of 2020. These digitized resources will come from Arabic language books from the National Archives of the United Arab Emirates and six leading academic libraries: NYU, Columbia University, Cornell University, Princeton University, American University of Beirut (AUB), and American University in Cairo (AUC).
The books—all in the public domain—range in date from very early materials to imprints as late as the 1990s. Many of the older books are rare or fragile, and nearly all are out of print. ACO ensures that their content is saved digitally for future generations.
To learn more about the collections and project, please visit the Arabic Collections Online website.