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Emirates Library Missions

The Emirates Library pledges support for the research and outreach missions of the NCDR. This will be accomplished by the:
  • Acquisition and organization 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 NCDR’s 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 which attract researchers from around the world. The library subscribe to electronic databases and also has a distinctive collection of electronic theses, dissertations and e-books focused on the Arabian Gulf Region and there are additional plans to digitize its multilingual collection of rare books to allow researchers greater access while ensuring the preservation of the materials.

While its main objective is to collect available resources about the United Arab Emirates in any format, any language and produced anywhere in world, it also collects materials on the Arabian Gulf Region, the Arab World, Islamic Civilization and World History. Additionally, the Library participates in gift and exchange programs with other leading international institutions.  

The NCDR’s Emirates Library is currently a closed stack library; however, renovation of the library into an Open Access Environment is a part of the library’s objectives and goals.

Researchers have access to quite study areas, photocopy services, and reference services.

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