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Libraries in Abu Dhabi – Modern Centres for Knowledge and Entertainment

Abu Dhabi is known for its mega-malls, entertainment parks, and cultural locations. However, they also have several public libraries for those interested in learning, or simply want a book to read.


The Al Nahyan Library (National Library)

One of the largest public libraries in the UAE - the Abu Dhabi National Library was established in 1981 and is a vital source of knowledge, history and more, for scholars, intellectuals and scientists. In addition the National Library is responsible for setting up regional, mobile, community and children's libraries all over the Emirate. The library has a mammoth collection of books (over 2 million) in a wide variety of genres from fiction, and scientific journals to war; and also publishes and promotes the work of talented local writers and researchers. If you're interested in reading Arab literature and Islamic manuscripts that cover everything from religion to science, the library houses a large collection of preserved material.


Mazyad Mall Library

Located on the ground floor of the popular Mazyad Mall, near several well-known hotels like Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, for example; this community library contains a massive selection of books for all ages. The library is separated into two sections: an area for adults that houses over 30,000 volumes that cover a wide assortment of genres, and another section for children and young adults that contains close to 20,000 titles. The separate children's section was created to serve the numerous primary schools located in the surrounding neighbourhoods so you'll find plenty of educational material as well as fiction.


Khalifa Park Library

A public library dedicated to the collection of academic titles in both English and Arabic; the Khalifa Park Library houses around 30,000 titles that cover a range of subjects. In addition, there's an assortment of weekly and monthly periodicals, as well as general magazines and specialised journals available for reading. Because of its location inside a park, the library does get a lot of visitors so try to visit during the evenings when it's less crowded, that way you can enjoy all the titles available before stepping out for an evening meal at one of the nearby restaurants like Eastern Mangroves District.


Al-Bahia Library

The Al-Bahia Library contains over 18,000 titles in both English and Arabic, along with scientific journals, specialised materials, and audio-visual works. You can also find a number of e-books, periodicals, and general magazines. A separate section is dedicated to titles for children and young adults. Aside from the books, the library also plays host to many art displays, book signings and storytelling and educational events throughout the month.


Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Library

The stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque contains a one-of-a-kind library devoted to the collection and preservation of Islamic books. The library is located in the mosque's northern minaret, and houses over 3000 works of cultural and scientific topics related to Islam, that have been written in several languages. The library also has a section for the preservation of rare Arabic books and manuscripts, as well as a priceless edition of the holy Quran that dates back to 16th century Europe. The library is open to the public and academics.