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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The Khorfakkan Public Library, a subsidiary of Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), has reopened its doors to the public and resumed operation at full capacity since Monday, August 24, 2020. The library had been closed for the past three months in line with the UAE’s precautionary measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
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. Members and guests can also look forward to a wide selection of inclusive titles available in different genres and multiple languages.Eman Bushlaibi, Director of Sharjah Public Libraries (SPL), said: “With Khorfakkan Public Library beginning to welcome visitors, all branches of SPL across Kalba, Wadi Al Helo, Al Dhaid and Dibba Al Hisn are now open. The move has reiterated SPL’s dedication to bolstering the cultural offerings and elevating the knowledge of UAE’s communities in a friendly environment that meets the highest health safety standards.”
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