The Mohammed bin Rashid Library, which opens its doors to receive visitors and take advantage of this new building of knowledge, starting next Thursday, overlooks the Dubai Creek, equivalent to more than 54,000 meters squares). The library, which includes 9 specialized libraries, offers a stimulating environment with creative horizons that promotes the cultural and creative product in the country.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Library consists of nine specialized libraries: the Public Library, the Library of the Emirates, the Youth Library, the Library of Children, the Library of Special Collections, the Library of Maps and Atlases, the Library of Arts and Media, the Library and Periodicals Library and the Library In addition to paper books, it offers access to a collection of a wide range of e-books and other digital media, as well as access to millions of books, information resources and content from around the world.
The Public Library is one of the largest sections in the Mohammed bin Rashid Library; It includes more than 29,000 titles and is available to different segments of society, especially school and university students, as well as reading and reading enthusiasts, through books and publications available on paper and digital that address a variety of topics and diverse to suit different interests; Such as languages, history, geography, philosophy, health, sports, self-development and literature, including novels and short stories, available in both Arabic and English. The public library includes a seating area to browse books, within a comfortable and stimulating reading environment.
The Library of the Emirates sheds light on many aspects of the rich culture of the Emirates and the components of its identity, starting with the ancient civilizations that inhabited the region and practiced their commercial activities in the Arabian Peninsula, to the United Arab Emirates throwing the first steps in the process of development and creation of the nation, through today’s leaders, alongside innovators, creators and historians, thinkers and writers, in addition to the contemporary renaissance witnessed in various fields of culture and art.
The Emirates Library contains more than 15,000 works, including a wide range of books, documents and periodicals on everything related to the history of the UAE, successive civilizations in the region and archaeological discoveries, in addition to a separate section on Emirates that includes various books in novels, stories and poetry, in addition to paper and digital materials. An audio-visual presentation that addresses the components of the Emirati cultural and social identity, such as Emirati cuisine, local antiquities, music and handicrafts, in addition to agricultural wealth. in the UAE.
The Children’s Library aims to support the reading, teaching and pedagogical needs of children aged 5 to 11 years. The Children’s Library contains a beautiful and inspiring collection of carefully selected publications, which includes more than 25,000 titles, including picture stories, reference books, encyclopedias, early learning books, blackboard books for preschoolers and children. elementary schools, in addition to a collection of 3D books. which is A fun and inspiring reading and visual experience for young children of awareness age.
Private Collection Library
Within the Mohammed bin Rashid Library, the “Special Collections Library” is a valuable collection of old, unpublished books and periodicals, collected and purchased from around the world, dating back to the early twentieth century. Due to the invaluable historical value of many of the items in the collection, in addition to exposing some of them to the effects of time, improper use and storage, they were stored in special conditions, providing the best and most modern exhibition and storage mechanisms and taking into account all suitable climatic conditions.
The special collection includes old books and magazines published before 1950, including a group of Arabic periodicals dating back to the early twentieth century.
library of periodicals
The “Library of Magazines” offers academics, scholars, students, businessmen and the public access to a wide range of journals, newspapers, periodicals and periodicals specializing in politics, thought, economics, science, technology and literature, in paper and digital formats. within a cozy environment, during which the visitor can browse magazines and periodicals, old or current from different countries of the region and the world, in Arabic, English or any other language.
This library includes one of the largest collections of reading in the region for young people and boys, through nearly 11,000 titles, covering useful, exciting and interesting, including fantasy books, novels and science fiction, as well as biography, art, culture, science and sports books, and an impressive collection of “Comics” graphic novels, in Arabic and English, and other topics that appeal to young people.
Library of Arts and Media
The Library of Arts and Media includes more than 15,000 print and digital works, including numerous media in art, architecture, design, fashion, music, performing arts and written words.
The library consists of various sections that can be used for reading and work, a gymnasium, TV screens and space for audio-visual collections, in addition to allocating a space for virtual reality applications.
The library also offers spaces for meetings, lectures and event organization, art shows and interactive activities, in addition to reading and writing groups, author and autograph events, film screenings, creative and musical performances and competitions.
Library of Maps and Atlases
The Maps and Atlas Library is one of the most important sections and libraries within the Mohammed bin Rashid Library, and is one of the most comprehensive and rich libraries in the region. In different languages, it constitutes a knowledge destination for researchers. historians, academics, travelers, and investigative scholars.
The Business Library aims to provide knowledge and resources for entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers and students in the field of business administration. The library contains about 25,000 titles on business administration, in addition to e-books, articles, studies and other resources. Business professionals, early career professionals and students can benefit from the content provided by this library, enabling them to gain a broad understanding of the business sector and its various fields.
In addition to specialized libraries, the Mohammed bin Rashid Library includes many important sections, including:
The Information Center is one of the vital sections in the Mohammed bin Rashid Library, as it is a large reference center containing a range of dictionaries, encyclopedias and other reference sources, including references in Arabic. The center contains more than 4,400 titles, including 1,000 Braille books for the blind.
The information center contains various places and spaces for reading, research, study, report writing, school, university and academic studies and research.
Exhibition of library treasures
The Library Treasures Exhibition includes a unique collection of rare and ancient books, atlases and manuscripts, some of which date back to the thirteenth century AD, including the first edition of the Holy Qur’an in Arabic published in Hamburg in in 1694, and the first publication of the book “Description of Egypt”, an encyclopedic record of Egyptian antiquities. Egyptian history in the eighteenth century, printed in 1809-1828, was written and compiled during the French campaign against Egypt by the French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte, in addition to the first editions of many travel books in the Arabian Peninsula, books depicting the Middle East and a valuable set of maps.European and Ottoman Arabia from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century, including a golden Ptolemaic map and color of Arabia printed in 1482, as well as a variety of carefully curated atlases, including ë a star atlas, a sea atlas and an atlas of horses and hawks.
The Library Treasures Exhibition also includes early editions of a number of literary classics, as well as Latin translations of scholarly works from the Islamic Golden Age, as well as rare Arabic magazines and periodicals from the Arab world and beyond, in addition to an impressive collection. of signatures of international personalities.
Language Garden and Library Theater
In addition to the ten major library groups, the Mohammed bin Rashid Library includes many vital facilities and departments; Among them is the “Garden of Language” with its charming view of the Dubai creek, where it forms a “meeting of wisdom” through 60 columns displaying dozens of quotations from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and reflecting some aspects of the vision in leadership, government, state advancement, culture, knowledge, education and state advancement Translated into more than 170 languages, modern and ancient.
Among the other most important facilities are the “Library Theater” and an outdoor theater near the Language Park, which is an ideal space for cultural, artistic and musical events and live performances, especially during the winter season with its beautiful weather.
Another part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Library are the conference rooms, which are ideal for holding meetings, organizing seminars or training courses, or holding meetings with entrepreneurs and companies.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Library uses the latest global library technology and artificial intelligence; It includes an automated warehouse, an electronic book retrieval system, self-service kiosks, a book digitization lab and intelligent robots to respond to visitors’ requests, in addition to augmented and virtual reality technologies, among others .
The library is also environmentally friendly, respecting the highest standards of sustainability. The library gets 10% of its energy from solar panels installed on the roof of the building. The exterior structure is designed to insulate the interior of the building, reduce heat gain, and help regulate the interior environment of the building.
The library enjoys natural light thanks to the skylights in the building. The windows of the building also use an intelligent system to regulate the amount of light and heat that pervades the building, which increases energy efficiency levels and provides a comfortable atmosphere for visitors.
The library is designed to reduce irrigation consumption by 50%, and the water collected from the air conditioner is reused for irrigating green spaces.