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Partner Collections

The American University Library cooperates with unaffiliated, on-campus library collections in order to make their content more accessible to the university community. These projects support the campus collections by expanding each collection's presence as an educational resource while also supporting the mission of American University Library to engage with other offices on campus in new and positive ways.

As services and collections may change, please confirm current hours and operating status directly with partners prior to visiting.

Center for Language Exploration, Acquisition & Research (CLEAR) Resource Collection

CLEAR holds approximately 3,300 foreign language items which include films, textbooks, audio books, workbooks, dictionaries and self-teaching materials. The collection is searchable through the WRLC catalog. We welcome suggestions for new materials; just contact us and let us know what you'd be interested in. We are always looking to expand the collection, so if you have materials related to language or linguistics that you would like to donate, please contact us or stop by the Center. Contributions to our collections are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

  • Borrowing: AU students, staff and faculty. 14 day checkout on books, 7 days on DVDs, and 3¬†hours for reference items.
  • Contact/Location:; (202) 885-2357; Anderson Hall, Room B-10

Visual Resource Center Collection

The Visual Resources Center contains an extensive collection of images in support of the fine arts programs at American University. This includes over 21,000 high resolution digital images, 100,000 slides, and approximately 2,800 books on visual arts and artists.

  • Borrowing: The VRC collections can be used on site only. Digital collections are available to AU faculty for teaching purposes.
  • Contact/Location:; (202) 885-1675; Katzen Arts Center, Room 142;

Alper Initiative for Washington Art Book Collection at the American University Museum

The Alper Book Collection contains about 200 books about Washington-area artists.

  • Borrowing: The Alper Collection can be used on site only. All are welcome to peruse the books over a cup of coffee or tea during normal museum hours.
  • Contact/Location:; (202) 885-3672; Katzen Arts Center, American University Museum;


If you are interested in exploring a collection partnership with the library, please contact:

Robert Kelshian Head of Access Services, (202) 885-3282