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. A major expansion of the library facilities is scheduled for completion in 2008.
- Holdings: 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.
- Subject fields: The main focus is on the archaeology, art and history of Cyprus and its adjacent regions, 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.
- On-line catalogue: CAARI's library catalog is available on-line
through the following link: Access CAARI Library Catalog. (Log in as "guest", with no
The library's catalog is also included in the Digital Library for
International Research, sponsored by the Council of American Overseas
- Support facilities: broadband and wireless internet access, available computers with printers and scanner, and card-operated photocopy machine.
- Access: 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. These hours
are more liberal than those of any other library in Nicosia.
- 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.
United States Ambassador Frank Urbancic and CAARI Director Tom Davis cut ribbon inaugurating the new Anatolian Archaeology collection in the CAARI library.