Monday – Thursday;
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
For information contact:
Balsam Haddad, AIC Librarian
The mission of the academic library is to support American Islamic College’s students, various theological schools, and researchers in world religions. The library at AIC is specialized and has a good collection of books and journals covering diverse fields in Islamic Studies, General Theology, History of Religions, Middle Eastern & Global Studies, Social Sciences, among others. The collections are in English, Arabic, Persian, and Urdu.
As affiliate members of the Association of Theological Schools, AIC has been recognized by the Association of Chicago Theological Schools. Therefore, members of the AIC community have access to theological libraries affiliated with the ACTS consortium.
The AIC library provides resources for study and research for students and faculty members. The AIC library has reciprocal borrowing agreements with various neighboring universities. Contact the librarian for details.
AIC users (faculty, students, staff) must have an institutional ID from AIC with a valid date of expiration.
AIC patrons who have registered for borrowing privileges can borrow any of the library’s circulating materials. Non-Circulating Materials Periodicals and reference books are for in-library use only. Two copiers, one with scanning capability, are available in the library.
Books and materials placed on class reserves are to be read or photocopied in the Library. Students may borrow two items at a time for in-library use only. If a book is needed for Reserve or recalled by another patron it should be returned immediately.
The loan period for books is 30 days with one renewal of 30 days.
The loan period for AV materials is 7 days with one renewal of 7 days.
Renewals are the responsibility of the patron and can be done by computer either in the library or remotely by accessing the My Account button in the library catalog.
Three days after the due date, books are fined at .25¢ per day/per book up to a maximum of $5.00 per book. Books recalled for Reserve should be returned immediately, or will be subject to a fine. Books not returned in (5) working days will be charged $5.00 per book per day.
Replacement charges for lost/damaged books include the price of the book plus a $15.00 processing fee and a $5.00 late fee if applicable. The library staff will determine the need for replacement of a damaged book. The out-of-print book charge is $100.00 or the prevailing price of the book in the used book market, plus a mandatory-processing fee of $15.00. Books that were assumed lost, and are found and returned to the library are subject to the overdue fee of $5.00 and/or a book processing fee of $15.00 for each book. Fees for lost books that are returned to the library within 6 months of payment will be refunded.
There are six computers dedicated for library research. AIC patrons can use these to check the online catalog or look for periodical articles or other research material. AIC patrons may access the Library’s electronic resources only while in Library buildings, due to site licensing agreements. While in Library buildings, AIC patrons may use Library computers or the Library’s wireless network to access electronic resources and networked printing. In addition, there are several lab computers set up in the Northwest corner of the library. The printer is located near the lab computers.