Kouyunjik (Scope note)

The term Library of Ashurbanipal does not refer to a specific building. It is used here to refer to the clay tablets inscribed in cuneiform script found at the modern site of Kouyunjik in northern Iraq. They were excavated at several locations on the mound, but together are understood as the remains of the great library collected by King Ashurbanipal (668-c.630 BC) of Assyria at his capital of Nineveh. The library includes texts belonging to scientific and administrative types, as well as royal inscriptions.