Library access and the function of libraries and related institutions is quite different from what you have come to know of both public libraries and university research libraries in the US. In some cases access may be very restricted, books might not be available for check-out, and call number systems might be completely different. As you get started think about what kind of library you might want to use. In any given country they might include:
In most cases you will need some form of local institutional affiliation in order to gain access and certainly to use valuable resources such as manuscripts or rare books. If your goal is simply a quiet place to study you may want to consider other options.
Many public libraries of the Middle East are chronicly underfunded and in some cases under threat by war and/or political efforts to disrupt open scholarship. However, there are many dedicated professionals who staff these institutions who can be enourmously helpful for research when approached with respect and consideration. Often some knowledge of Arabic, Turkish or Persian will be necessary to navigate both catalogs and the library itself.
In many countries your best bet is the local affiliate of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers which maintains The Digital Library for International Research (DLIR)
All of the above sites are designed in Turkish.
The American Center for Oriental Research in Amman had many connections with Brown and has served many students studying Arabic or archaeology among other fields. It has a small library but can work to connect you with other local institutionsas needed such as the Institut français du Proche-Orient or CBRL: The Council of British Research in the Levant.
North Africa :
CEMAT (Le Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines à Tunis) is the overseas research center of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS). Based in Tunis, CEMAT offers a specialized library with works primarily in English on the Maghrib and the Middle East and regularly organizes lectures, roundtables and conferences on themes pertinent to the region.
The following are some of the key libraries and research centers in Morocco and Tunisia: