A girl interacts with a robot during her visit to Mohammed Bin Rashid Library in Dubai. WAM
The automated storage and electronic book retrieval system on the library’s first floor is one of its largest sections. It contains over one million titles and utilises a first-of-its-kind smart system in the Middle East region that uses AI to send commands to robots to locate books and deliver them to readers wherever they are in the different libraries spread across seven storeys.
The library, which was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, is preparing to open its doors to the public on Thursday. It will help strengthen the UAE’s stature as a culture and innovation hub in the region by creating a conducive environment in the country that caters to all community segments, especially schools and university students.
A general view of the newly inaugurated library in Dubai. WAM
During a visit to the library, the Emirates News Agency was briefed about its book digitisation laboratory, which is the largest-scale project aimed at preserving rare books.
Dr Mohammed Salem Al Mazrouei, Executive Director of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, said that the library comprises nine specialised libraries, including The General Library, The Emirates Library, The Young Adults Library, The Children’s Library, The Special Collection Library, The Maps and Atlases Library, The Media and Arts Library, The Business Library and The Periodical Library.
He noted that the library is the first in the region that utilises a comprehensive AI system that reduces reliance on human staff, streamlining the processes of title selection, reading, borrowing and returning books.
The library houses paperback and digital books on a variety of topics, including languages, geography, philosophy, health, mathematics, self-development and literature, as well as fiction, available in both Arabic and English, he added.
The two initiatives - ‘Everyone’s Library’ and ‘Reader to Reader’, align with the Reading Month’s 2021 theme ‘My Family Reads’, and aim to instil and support positive reading habits among children.
In a special letter sent to the patient, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid said: 'To my dear Pritvik, this is a small gesture from me to you to remind you that you are here at home and that you are in safe hands… keep smiling little warrior'
The Smart Locker service uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology that allows members to use their Emirates ID or SPL’s membership cards to collect and return books.
Open from 8am to 8pm on weekdays, the Khorfakkan Public Library has stepped up its preventive and safety protocol that conforms to the UAE’s mandatory guidelines to offer a safe environment to all library users and visitors.
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