The AUA’s AGBU Papazian Library was founded in 1991 the same year as AUA was established. It is named after the Papazian family, a generous benefactor of the American University of Armenia. For the past 21 years the Library has evolved at a rapid pace, implementing contemporary methods of management and technology. Since its founding, the Library has grown in capacity and readership. In 2009 the Library became the public’s main and central resource throughout the country for the World Bank publications and project reports.Over 45,000 volumes of books and 165,000 online journals and books can be accessed through the library services. The AUA’s AGBU Papazian Library not only serves the students, faculty and staff of the University, but also students and scholars from other institutions. One of the more recent improvements made to the library in 2015 was the formation of the United Nations Corner; this allows students, faculty, and the general public to have direct access to contemporary U.N. resources and publications
. The Library is a member of the American International Consortium of Academic Libraries and the Electronic Library Consortium of Armenia and acts as a national focal point for the Electronic Information for Libraries-Intellectual Property EIFL.net.
The Library’s mission is to help the AUA community achieve its learning, teaching and research goals by:
• Identifying and acquiring information resources.
• Organizing and providing access to information resources.
• Assisting all its users in becoming self-sufficient researchers.
• Providing leadership and promoting partnership in developing and sharing information resources.
• Recruiting and developing a highly qualified and skilled staff to provide the best possible service and leadership.