Emirates Library Overview

The Emirates Library is a specialized library whose collections reflect the mission and goals of the National Archives. The Library was founded with the establishment of the National Archives back in 1968. It provides researchers, scholars and students services and access to its’ rich specialized collections in print, electronic, and multimedia formats.  Its’ main objective is to collect resources and references about the United Arab Emirates, Arabian Gulf Region, the Arab World and Islamic Civilization.
The Emirates Library pledges support for the research and outreach missions of the National Archives. This will be accomplished by the:
• Acquisition and organization of information resources, in a variety of formats to be utilized by both Internal and External library users, who have an interest in the history, culture and heritage of the UAE, with an emphasis on the development of comprehensive collections in all formats whether print, multimedia or electronic that relate primarily to the United Arab Emirates with a secondary focus on the Arabian Gulf Region, the Arab World, Islamic Civilization and World History.
• Provision of first-rate services, facilities and resources for learning and research.
• Promotion of lifelong learning opportunities available to all.

The Library has a distinctive collection of tens of thousands of resources. It’s collections are continuously expanded and updated via an extensive collection development policy with a focus on Emirati heritage, culture, and history along with the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf Region in general. The Library has developed a substantial gift and exchange program with leading libraries and information institutions locally, regional and internationally.
The Library provides researchers, decision-makers, and graduate students, both within the UAE and internationally, with services and resources related to the National Archives’ areas of interest. These services include quite study areas, circulation, current awareness, Arabian Gulf specialized bibliographies and lists, scanning/photocopy (in accordance with UAE Copyright laws). The Emirates Library believes that its’ success is in the provision of such services and resources to the public.
The Library utilizes cutting-edge library related technologies in storing and processing its’ collections in alignment with international and Arab standards. It uses such technologies to link to similar libraries around the world. The Library currently uses the latest version of Symphony for the management of its collections and the inter-library connections. It follows the Library of Congress Classification system due to its flexibility and prevalence in specialized and academic libraries in the UAE and worldwide.
A state-of-the-art open access Reading Hall is available which include quiet and group study spaces, scanning/photocopy services, free Wi-Fi access, computers, and library resources to enable researchers to conduct their research.

Emirates Library Collections

The Emirates Library contains a rich and specialized collection of resources available in print, electronic, and multimedia formats mainly in Arabic, English, and French; however, materials in other languages such as German, Persian, Dutch, and Portuguese are also available.
Emirates Library holds tens of thousands of books, and actively subscribes to around 150 periodicals in additional to the library’s extensive periodical and newspaper print holdings that attract researchers from around the world.  The library subscribes to various electronic databases and has a distinctive collection of electronic theses, dissertations, and books focused on the Arabian Gulf region. There are additional plans to digitize its’ multilingual collection of rare books to provide researchers with greater access while ensuring the preservation of the materials.

Database Subscriptions

The Emirates Library subscribes to a number of databases.  Access to limited to the National Archives facilities.
The list includes the following databases:
-    Reference database Credo Reference
-    Full-text article and periodical database JSTOR
-    E-books on EBSCOhost

Electronic Catalog (OPAC)

In alignment with the National Archives strategic objective to enhance access to the Library’s collections, the Library provides universal access to its online catalog and portal (http://library.na.ae).