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About us

The Middle East Studies (MES) office in Room 305 Thompson Library,  manages the Middle East Studies Collection at Ohio State University Libraries.  We Provide Bibliographic Assistance for researchers in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish as well as sources in western languages; manage approval plans and deal with vendors of books on the Middle East world-wide.

Table of Contents Service

As a service to our faculty and graduate students, MES has a Table of Contents service for journals in our collection.  We will forward the Table of Contents  of journals to you as they arrive either through campus mail or electronically.  To subscribe to this service or get more information please contact  Patrick Visel,

Contact us

The MES staff consists of 

Prof. Magda El-Sherbini,

Middle East Studies Librarian

305F Thompson Library

(614) 247-7456 

Patrick Visel, 
Subject Specialist, Middle East Studies Program Asst.
305 Thompson Library
(614) 688-8796


We are always happy to provide assistance.