As one of the premiere libraries for the study of the ancient cultures of West Asia and North Africa, the Research Archives library of the Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures seeks to comprehensively cover the languages and civilizations of the Arabian Peninsula, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Syria-Palestine, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and related areas from the earliest periods to the first millennium CE through the acquisition of volumes both new and old.

The acquisitions list of the Research Archives library was formally published from 1991 to 1994. From February 2000 until February 2002, this list was distributed via email. From 2002 to 2007, the acquisitions list was only distributed informally to the Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures faculty, staff, and students.

Because our acquisitions lists are used by librarians and scholars worldwide as a means by which to supplement their acquisition efforts, we make the acquisitions lists of the Research Archives library publicly available online in PDF format.