The Library/ Said Khoury Building for Development Studies


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The Library/ Said Khoury Building for Development Studies is a specialized library in Birzeit University and a result of the merging of the libraries of 3 centers: The Institute of Public and Community Health, The Abu Lughod Institute for International Studies, and the Center for Development Studies.

The Library holds a variety  of resources in the following specialized fields:

First: Development, in its different branches, such as: Community and sustainable development, development theories, economic development, development and conflict, relationship of development with other sectors such as women, youths, children, and labor market, methodologies of scientific research, quantitative and qualitative research.

Second: Public and community health in its different branches: Health in general, and development, primary healthcare, classical disease sciences, population studies, managing health systems, health econonomies, child health, women health, psychological health.

Third: International Studies in its different branches and interests, such as: International relations, international economies, theories of international relations, comparative foreign policies, international law, international institutions, diplomatic relations, and others.

The library provides thousands of print and electronic resources, and offers its services to academcics, researchers, students, and others in the university community and outside.

The library's mission:

Providing and developing resources in all their forms within the speciality of the library, and organization of these resources for easy retrieval ( the library uses the library of congress classification system). Furthermore, the library works to provide a suitable atmosphere and services to the university society, teaching and administrative staff, and the local community.

General Information:

Number of books: More than 22 thousand in Arabic and English

Periodicals: 41 Periodical in Arabic and English

To view some of the available English periodicals click here

Library administration: Responsible for library policies, goals, plans, supervision, and development

Acquisitions: Developing the Acqusitions, acquiring new materials through purchase, aid, gifts, and trade, Furthermore, this unit is responsible for data entry.

Categorization: Organization of resources, and preparation of abstracts.

Information Services: Helping users reach information in all its forms through:

  • Answering inquiries and helping users reach the required information

  • Training users to use the electronic and print search tools

  • Guiding users to use the electronic library search and databases using the library computers. Please Click Here

  • Notifying users regarding the availability  of resources and how to use them.

  • Notifying users on how to organize books and other resources in the library.

Working Days:

The library is open everyday except Friday and Sunday

Working Hours:

8:00 a.m - 4:00 pm

Library adress:

Birzeit University, Said Khoury Building for Development Studies. Ground floor




: +970 02-2982021

: +970 02-2982945

P.O Box

Ramallah: 1878

Birzeit: 14