To enrich the Emirates National Library .. a tour between 3 countries

With the aim of enriching the Emirates National Library, which seeks to be a national reference and a cultural and information center that preserves the heritage of the UAE, a delegation from the “National Archives and Library” has embarked on its tour in ‘ a number of the world’s most famous libraries between the United Kingdom, Singapore and the Arab Republic of Egypt, with the aim of simulating them in the Emirates National Library, which is planned To create it and enrich its benefits to similar to to be the major global libraries.

The delegation, led by the Acting Director-General of the National Archives and Library Abdullah Majid Al Ali, began its tour by visiting the Birmingham Library, which is the largest public library in the United Kingdom and holds a prominent position on has the map of leading libraries. in the world It consists of 41 floors and attracts three million visitors annually.

The delegation visited the Birmingham Library, the Children’s and Music Library, the Business and Learning Center, the Lending and Reference Library, the Shakespeare Room and the indoor and outdoor café. The Birmingham Library is characterized by its eco-friendly building, its distinctive exterior and its interconnected and interconnected circular halls that provide natural light and ventilation, and the building’s harmony with the industrial character of Birmingham.

The delegation visited the Manuscript Center at the University of Birmingham to learn about best practices in the restoration and preservation of manuscripts, and revised the oldest manuscript of the Holy Quran and other rare manuscripts.

From the University of Birmingham, the delegation went to the British Library in London – which is the national library of the United Kingdom – to benefit from its experience in the services it provides, and through the reading rooms and permanent specialized and artistic exhibitions toured. In the corner of Arabic and Islamic manuscripts he was informed about the methods of preserving and displaying possessions of all kinds, and the rules for their availability, and he listened to a general explanation of the digital infrastructure of the Great Library and the search mechanisms available. in it.

The British Library is characterized by its unique style of managing its contents of more than 150 million items of prints, manuscripts, digital materials, artwork, multimedia, magazines, audio recordings and these possessions from around the world, some of which date from 2000 vC.

The library attracts more than one million visitors annually, and these benefits make it, along with the US Library of Congress, the two largest libraries in the world.

At the end of the tour, the delegation praised the role played by the British Library as it is a destination for senior researchers and librarians from around the world with its rich content. He expressed his optimism that the UAE National Library to be established would benefit from the excellent experience of the British Library, in order to provide research requirements and mechanisms for future generations in the UAE and the Arab region.

The delegation also visited the Pitt Rivers Museum in London, which has an exclusive agreement with the National Archives and Library, under which it can make Wilfred Thesiger’s “Mubarak bin London” collection available to researchers who wish to use it in their research. .

From the United Kingdom to Egypt, the Emirati delegation visited the Library of Alexandria, toured its corridors and acquainted with its possessions, inspected the Museum of Manuscripts and Rare Books, and praised its role as a cultural and civilized landmark. .

Among the features of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina are the Archeology Museum, which houses antiquities of the ancient library grounds, artifacts belonging to Byzantine and Pharaonic civilizations, and the Manuscripts Museum, which includes rare documents and collections of books, in addition to the Museum of late President Anwar Sadat. The delegation praised the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, which is a beacon of cultural radiation that preserves the splendor of human civilization, and an Egyptian civilization project that recalls the library’s ancient role in preserving human culture and its unique experience in cultural enrichment.

In parallel, a second delegation from the National Archives and Library visited the Singapore National Archives and Library and was briefed on the library and archive strategies, facilities and services, the most prominent advanced practices and methods of preservation, availability and lending used. can be found in the UAE National Library.

The Singapore Library was opened in 1845 as it was established to support the field of education. It includes a unique cultural richness of countries and cultures from around the world.

In turn, Abdullah Majid Al Ali said that “the important role that the National Library plays today, as it archives and preserves the intellectual heritage of the nation, has made it more than just a book incubator to become a habitat for readers and researchers. , and this is what we saw in the major libraries in the world when we went there to learn the National Archives and Library, which is proud of its various historical records and documents documenting the memory of the nation, and its collections books. of all kinds, paper and electronic, and which it obtains from private libraries characterized by the value of their contents, look forward to a friendly green national library.For the environment, in one of the advanced modern smart buildings, it relies on smart infrastructure that takes into account the needs of users to facilitate lending, and meets their desires to provide comfortable reading spaces. ”


Successful experiences .. do not start over

Abdullah Majid Al Ali, Acting Director-General of the National Archives and Library, said: “In the UAE, we are aware of the importance of reading in the dissemination of knowledge, the development of societies and the building of civilization. , to meet the needs of the requirements of its protectors of all walks of life. As a result, we have toured three countries to attract the latest practices and the highest standards in library work, with an emphasis on the large and diverse role that the National Library plays. ”

He stressed that “successful experiences are those that do not start from scratch, but benefit from the experiences of others, and continue from where they arrived to the future with its rapid development and progress, and that is what the UAE adopts. as it strategically states. plans for the next 50 years. “

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One million items of prints, manuscripts, digital materials, artwork, multimedia of all kinds, magazines, audio recordings, etc. is included in the British Library.

The Emirates National Library aims to be a national reference and a cultural and information center that preserves the heritage of the UAE.

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