- Air conditioner
- Car parking
- Credit cards
- Non smoking
There is a story behind the founding of all libraries; the story of thought and knowledge recorded and preserved.
Ours begins with the late Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai from 1958 to 1990 (may God rest his soul). A man of extraordinary vision, Sheikh Rashid’s desire to provide the citizens and residents of Dubai with a centre of culture and knowledge resulted in the creation of Dubai Public Library. The first Dubai Public Library saw the light of day in 1963. Located in Al Ras, overlooking the banks of Khor Dubai (Dubai Creek), it ushered a fresh wave of culture and knowledge into the city.
As Dubai grew in stature as a commercial hub, steps were taken to match that growth culturally. The late Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai & Deputy Prime Minister at that time and H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Minister of Finance and Industry, President of Dubai Municipality issued instructions for the introduction of more libraries throughout the city.
Accordingly, in 1989, new libraries were inaugurated around the city in the busy and bustling communities of Hor Al Anz, Al Rashidiya, Al Safa and Umm Suqeim, with a library opening in Hatta in 1998. In 2007 the Dubai Public Library’s Al Twar branch was opened, and more recently, in 2012, the Al Mankhool branch of the library network opened. Over the years the Dubai Public Library has been able to successfully design, develop and deliver a range of unique services, which have helped it to become a highly regarded practical and reliable reference library in the GCC and the Arab region. It is prominent attraction in lives of a sizeable proportion of Dubai residents.
The Dubai Public Library network includes eight libraries for adults and another seven for children, as well as multi-purpose halls, classrooms. All branches of the Dubai Public Library are connected via computer systems and have links with other modern libraries, providing access to vast sources of information and knowledge on an immense diversity of topics in both Arabic and English.
What is Dubai Culture & Arts Authority?
Dubai Culture represents the city’s soul, celebrates its identity, promotes cultural exchange & innovation and positions Dubai on the global cultural map. Launched on March 8, 2008 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the activities of Dubai Culture are aligned to the Dubai Plan 2021 to achieve a city of happy, creative and empowered people, who celebrate their cultural identity.
What is the vision, mission and strategic objectives of Dubai Culture?
Vision To be a platform of diverse cultural exchange and innovation, regionally and globally. Mission To enrich the cultural scene by maintaining a sustainable cultural ecosystem while preserving the Emirati Heritage and nurturing talents to enhance cultural diversity and social cohesion Strategic objectives - Develop a cultural and artistic product that is regionally and internationally significant. - Enhance public awareness about the value of culture, heritage and art sector. - Increase the economic value of culture, heritage and arte sector through commerce, creative enterprises, and nurture and stimulates skills and talents of the sector in Dubai. - Develop an effective framework for governance and management to support culture, heritage and art sector. - Develop a key infrastructure for culture, heritage and art sector.
Who leads Dubai Culture?
Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the Chairperson of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority. She is actively engaged in culture, arts, education, and technology in the UAE, and plays a major role in ensuring the cross-incubation of these industries to further establish Dubai as a vibrant, global Arabian metropolis that shapes culture in the region.
How can contact Dubai Culture?
Dubai Culture offices are located in: Dubai Culture offices are located in: - Dubai Design District, Buliding 2, Level 6,7 P.O.Box 115222 Dubai, UAE Phone: 600560000 Info@dubaiculture.ae
How many branches of Dubai Public Libraries are there?
There are eight branches in total: seven in Dubai and one in Hatta.
What are the different types of memberships for the libraries?
Individual membership for children and adults; family membership and corporate membership for institutions and businesses.
What are the requirements and fees for the individual membership?
o Copy of a valid ID card o New ID photo o Kids membership fee: AED 75 (refundable deposit) o Adults membership fee: AED 150 (refundable deposit) + AED 50 membership fee + AED 20 additional knowledge fee
What are the requirements and fees for the family membership?
o Copy of a valid ID card o New ID photo o Adults membership fee: AED 200 (refundable deposit) + AED 50 membership fee + AED 20 additional knowledge fee
What are the requirements and fees for the corporate membership?
o Official letter from the company to apply for membership in libraries o Copy of the trade license of the company and the establishment (not applicable to government institutions). o 2 photocopies of labour cards of the authorised borrowers o 2 ID copies of the authorised borrowers o Institutes membership fees: AED 200 (refundable deposit) + AED 100 membership fee for library membership + AED 20 additional knowledge fee.
What is the duration of the library membership?
The membership is valid for five years, and it can be renewed for all memberships.
How many items are members allowed to borrow at one time?
Children can borrow a maximum of 10 items and adults can borrow 15 items at one time. Families have a maximum borrowing limit of 25 items and for corporations, that number is 100.
How long is the borrowing period?
28 days for all memberships
Can I subscribe to the library membership?
Membership is available to all UAE citizens and residents
When will deposits be refunded?
One year after the subscription date
What is the difference between the individual membership and the family membership?
For the family membership, all members are allowed to borrow materials from both the children and adult libraries. For individual membership, children are limited to the children’s library and adults can only borrow from the adult’s library.
Are there internet services at the libraries?
Internet services are available and free for all members. There is a nominal for non-members on services such as: internal and external borrowing, guidance, electronic search (automatic indexing), periodical and newspapers, issuing certificates, printing, photographing and scanning.
What are the opening hours of Dubai Public Libraries?
From Saturday to Thursday, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
As a Dubai Public Library member, can you borrow knowledge materials from all branches?
If the book is available in other branches, is it available for delivery to the nearest branch?
Are braille books available?
Can I make suggestions to request new books for the collection?
Yes, through the website or apps or through filling out the a paper form.
Are any materials from the libraries for sale?
Is the education room reservation service available at the libraries?
Yes, it is available at Al Rashidiya Public Library and Hor Al Anz Public Library.
Is there any public library at Hatta?
Are there spaces for leasing in Dubai Public Libraries?
Yes, multi-purpose rooms are available for hiring.
Are there activities and events for children?
Yes, in all libraries
Are those activities and events paid or free?
It depends on the activity, some are free and some carry a charge
Is there free parking?
All Libraries have free parking, except Al Twar Public Library and Al Mankhool Public Library.