New Acquisitions: Ancient Near East Book and Journal Collection

The personal library of David Owen, Emeritus Professor of Ancient Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and current Curator of Tablet Collections at Cornell University, has been acquired by the Research Library.

This collection of over 3,250 titles of core antiquarian books and journals strengthens the Research Library’s holdings and lays the foundation for future collecting in the area of ancient Near East art and archaeology. A first-rate study collection within its field, it is especially rich in documentation and translation of ancient texts found throughout the region, including scrolls and tablets.

The full list of titles in the David Owen Ancient Near East Collection is available in Primo Search.

In addition, over 1,000 duplicate titles were donated to the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World Library at New York University, which is in the process of adding the books to their collection. For more information visit their library blog.

-James Cheney, Collection Development Librarian

Thursday, August 31: Moth treatment scheduled in the Research Library

An organic moth treatment has been scheduled for the entire Getty Research Institute building starting Thursday, August 31 at 11:00 p.m. All carpeted areas, including reader carrels, will be treated.

In preparation, please remove any items from the floor in your work area and place them on your desk, counter spaces, or shelves. These include boxes, paper, or any other materials that might obstruct access to the carpet. You do not need to worry about chairs, chair mats, or trash cans. Please also be certain you have removed any collection materials that might be on or near the floor.

If you have food items stored in your workspace, you should remove them prior to the treatment. If you are unable to do this, you may consider discarding these items when you return.

The building will re-open on Friday, September 1 (note that there will be intermittent noise associated with a follow-up vacuuming taking place throughout the building that day).

Current Periodicals in the Plaza Reading Room

The custom shelving in the Plaza Reading Room functions as space-saving storage for the current periodicals. The unique feature of these shelves is that they lift up to be able access additional issues.

While it may look like there are only single issues on the shelves, the next time you are perusing the titles don’t forget to take a peek at the shelves behind or above the titles to find earlier journals.

-Sarah Sherman, Reference Librarian