About the Library
CAARI’s library is the heart of the organization. Its particular strengths are its strong holdings, its accessibility, and its support facilities. The library serves as a magnet to scholars on the island, actively used by foreign and Cypriot scholars and students.
Access CAARI’s Online Catalogue
CAARI’s library catalogue is available on-line (log in as “guest” with no password). The librar’s catalogue is also included in the Digital Library for International Research, sponsored by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.
CAARI holds a growing collection of more than 7500 books and monographs, 4600 bound off-prints, 4000 papers on Cypriot archaeology, and some 110 periodical titles current through subscription or exchange. A recent grant from the J. Paul Getty Trust has upgraded the library’s electronic catalogue to MARC standards.
The main focus is on the archaeology, art and history of Cyprus and its adjacent regions, from its earliest history up to the modern period. Resources are unequaled in the areas of prehistoric and antique Cyprus, strong in Byzantine and medieval studies; less comprehensive in other periods, but unique in focus and coherence.
The library and its computer facilities and photocopier are open seven days a week, day and night, to residents of CAARI and–upon payment of a modest member’s fee–to non-resident scholars; open to the public between 7:45 am and 5:00 pm five days a week. The library also has broadband and wireless internet access, available computers with printers and scanner, and a card-operated photocopy machine.
History of the library collections
In 1985 CAARI purchased the personal library of the late Claude F.A. Schaeffer, a French scholar with extensive archaeological experience in Cyprus and the Near East. Schaeffer’s collection comprised some 500 volumes of periodicals and 2,500 books and monographs of which ninety percent were out of print. It constitutes a core that could scarcely be assembled today. Thanks to the contributions in honor of John Irton Wylde, CAARI was able to seize the opportunity to purchase this invaluable resource.
During the ensuing two decades CAARI has built upon this foundation, drawing on gifts from friends and users, annual subsidies from the U.S. Department of State, and other grants and bequests including a three year grant from the J. Paul Getty Trust and the J. R. Stewart duplicate library. The purchase in 2006 of a large portion of the personal library of the late Byzantine scholars Judith and Andreas Stylianou greatly enriched the Byzantine and medieval holdings.
CAARI Opens Anatolian Archaeology Collection
In a ceremony on January 26, 2010, CAARI opened a new section of its library–one dedicated to the study of all periods of Anatolian archaeology. United States Ambassador Frank Urbancic joined CAARI Director Tom Davis, USAID Representative Alan Davis, CAARI staff and Advisory Board members, antiquities professionals and students at the event.
The addition to CAARI’s collection was made possible by a grant from the USAID-funded Supporting Activities that Value the Environment (SAVE) project. In keeping with SAVE’s mandate to raise awareness of Cyprus’ rich cultural heritage and improve the management of that heritage, CAARI was awarded the grant to expand its library monograph and serial holdings in Anatolian archaeology. Despite having had a profound influence on the cultural history and evolution of Cyprus, Dr. Davis noted in his remarks that there is a paucity of reference material on Anatolian archaeology available to researchers on island. CAARI’s new collection will fill this gap and provide a resource that promotes interchange and integration amongst the scholarly communities of Cyprus. The collection complements and updates CAARI’s existing collection of older Anatolian material. Through this grant to CAARI, SAVE hopes to act as a catalyst for future scholarly work as well as for fruitful and informed discussion, inquiry and debate on Cyprus’ rich cultural past.