Kenyon Institute library

Kenyon Institute library.

The Kenyon Institute library specialises in books and periodicals on archaeology and the history and politics of Jerusalem and Israel/Palestine. We have over 11,000 volumes and over 100 periodicals. We also have a large collection of historical maps and site plans, some of which are very rare.

The Kenyon Institute library is closed to the public as we complete renovations. Reopening is planned for June 2022.

In normal circumstances, we welcome readers during our opening hours. Kenyon Institute hostel residents have 24-hour access to the library. Free wireless internet is also available. The library is located on the ground floor of the Kenyon Institute. There are three rooms: a book library, a periodicals library, and a study room with work stations.

We are grateful for the support of the AlTajir and Barakat Trusts for their long-term support of the library.


Abu Hani, the Kenyon Institute librarian, who retired in March 2020.

The library’s main strengths lie in the following research areas:

  • Jerusalem (all periods of archaeology, art, architecture, social and cultural history);
  • the early Christian, Byzantine, early Islamic, Crusader and medieval, Mamluk, post-medieval and Ottoman periods in Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and to a more limited extent in other parts of the Middle East, e.g. Turkey;
  • historical photography of Jerusalem and Palestine;
  • cultural heritage management;
  • Mandate history, including British and European engagement;
  • contemporary Palestinian studies.