The external view of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Lirary. WAM
The region’s biggest library opened its doors for the visitors at 8:00am on Thursday. Built with an investment of Dhs1 billion, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library aims to cultivate a culture of reading, while supporting the development of creativity, knowledge and art at both individual and social levels.
It will provide a platform for intellectual, literary and imaginative minds across the region and the world.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, had inaugurated the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library on Monday.
Mohammed Bin Rashid Library
A Library of Libraries
Mohammed Bin Rashid Library comprises 9 libraries, plus The Information Centre:
1. The General Library
2. The Emirates Library
3. The Young Adults Library
4. The Children’s Library
5. Private Collections Library
6. The Maps and Atlases Library
7. The Media and Arts Library
8. The Business Library
9. The Periodical Library
Treasures of The Library
The Treasures of The Library exhibition displays a fascinating collection of rare and old books, atlases, manuscripts, and documents, some of them dating back to the 13th century. The collection includes unique copies of the Holy Quran, early print editions of literary classics, Latin translations of scholarly works from the Islamic Golden Age, as well as rare Arabic periodicals from the Arab world and beyond.
Among the rare exhibited items are the first edition of Blaeu's Atlas Maior, and a first edition of Napoleon's Description de l'Égypte, an 18th century encyclopedic register of Egyptian history and archaeology.
The Languages Garden
As part of the Library’s outdoor facilities, the Languages Garden celebrates the wisdom of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, across 60 pillars that display dozens of his quotes on leadership, government, nation building, learning, and knowledge, translated into various languages.
Services for People of Determination
Mohammed Bin Rashid Library is one of the best equipped libraries for people of determination in terms of services and features. The Library empowers the visually impaired with a Braille service, as part of the library's strategy to integrate all creative individuals into society.
In addition, The Library has a dedicated area providing a comforting and quiet space for people of determination and autistic individuals.
Mohammed bin Rashid Library uses the latest artificial intelligence and library technologies available worldwide, including an automated warehouse, an electronic retrieval system, self-service booths, a book digitisation lab, smart robots to answer visitors' inquiries, along with implementing augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and other advanced technologies.
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