10 Best Public Libraries In Dubai Perfect For For Bibliophiles

Explore Dubai's top public libraries, where every visit promises a journey of discovery and enrichment for bibliophiles.

by Priyanka Fernandes
10 Best Public Libraries In Dubai Perfect For For Bibliophiles

Embark on a literary adventure through Dubai’s cultural landscape with a curated selection of the city’s finest public libraries, tailored for book lovers searching for tranquillity and inspiration. From modern architectural wonders to cosy reading nooks, these libraries offer diverse books and resources to ignite the imagination and nurture a passion for reading. Explore Dubai’s top public libraries, where every visit promises a journey of discovery and enrichment for bibliophiles.

1. Mohammed Bin Rashid Public Library

Mohammed Bin Rashid Public Library
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Situated in Al Jaddaf, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library is a cultural beacon, harmonising education, culture, and tourism within its distinctive architectural design. Its basement, ground floor, and seven additional floors housing specialized libraries, including a Digitalization Laboratory, offer visitors a comprehensive array of resources. Each section caters to diverse interests, from the Information Centre to the Young Adults. The library features a theatre with advanced audiovisual technology that can seat 550+ people. Its diverse exhibits enhance cultural experiences and foster intellectual discourse and community engagement.

Where: Al Jaddaf
When: Open Mon-Thu 9 am-9 pm, Fri 2 pm to 9 pm and Sat 9 am-9 pm
Cost: Free to enter

2. Hatta Library

Hatta Library
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Nestled at the foot of majestic hills near Al Wadi Park in Hatta, the library boasts over 70,000 titles, making it a popular destination for book enthusiasts. Its location amidst scenic surroundings adds to its charm, while summer camps offer fun activities for children throughout the year. With options in multiple languages, classrooms, and a function room, Hatta Library provides a welcoming community space for residents on the outskirts of Dubai.

Where: Hatta, Dubai
When: Open Sun-Thu 8 am-8 pm, Fri 8 am to 12 pm and Sat is closed
Cost: Free to enter

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3. Al Safa Art & Design Library

Safa Art & Design Library
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Founded in 1989 and renovated in 2018, this library serves adults and children, providing a tranquil reading atmosphere with its understated interiors. It’s an excellent spot for focused work or research, offering various membership options tailored to patrons’ needs. With special exhibitions, book signings, and community events, visitors can enjoy a diverse and enriching library experience.

Where: Al Safa Art & Design Library, behind Safa Park,
When: Mon-Thu 8 am to 8 pm, Fri 8 am to 12 pm and Sat is closed
Cost: There is a deposit fee to borrow books

4. Al Twar Library

Conveniently located near the Dubai Airport Free Zone station, Al Twar Library in Al Qusais offers borrowing services, research facilities, and community-building activities like camps and workshops for younger members. Boasting a vast collection of 68,033 titles and a vibrant children’s section, it offers ample opportunities for avid readers to explore diverse literary works. The library’s beautiful garden provides a serene environment for patrons to enjoy reading amidst the pleasant winter weather, making it a favourite spot for residents seeking relaxation and literary immersion.

Where: 1, EMARAT Al Mawred 2 – Al Twar
When: Mon-Thu 8 am to 8 pm, Fri 8 am to 12 pm and Sat is closed
Cost: Membership Fee Is AED50

5. Umm Suqeim Library

Umm Suqeim Library
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Established in 1989, Umm Suqeim Public Library is a vital resource for readers of all ages. It offers a diverse collection of books spanning various genres. With dedicated sections for scholars, researchers, and children, the library provides an enriching environment for learning and exploration. Although membership is limited, visitors are welcome to enjoy the library’s facilities and immerse themselves in the world of literature.

Where: 770 Jumeirah St – Umm Suqeim
When: Mon-Thu 8 am to 8 pm, Fri 8 am to 12 pm, and Sat is closed
Cost: Membership fee is AED50 for adults

6. Jameel Art Center

Situated within the Jameel Art Centre in Al Jaddaf, the Jameel Library offers a diverse collection of bilingual books in Arabic and English, along with journals and catalogues focusing on Gulf and regional cultural histories. The library offers talks, research projects, and reading groups led by experts, while the contemporary gallery hosts discussions, conferences, and workshops. Visitors can explore reference books and cultural events and dine at the on-site farm-to-table restaurant Teible, catering to art enthusiasts and book lovers.

Where: Jaddaf Waterfront – Dubai
When: Mon-Thu 10 am to 8 pm, Fri 12 pm to 8 pm and Tues is closed
Cost: No entry Fee

7. Hor Al Anz Library

Hor Al Anz Library
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Set up to serve Deira, this public library features general interest sections, women’s shelves, and a kids’ room with English and Arabic titles. Staff are on hand to assist with research or finding specific items. Visitors can relax at the nearby cafeteria with power sockets and comfortable seating. Residents enjoy access to diverse books and amenities, making it an ideal spot for studying or leisure.

Where: 6th Street, Deira
When: Sun-Thu 8 am to 8 pm and Fri 8 am to 12 pm
Cost: Membership fee is AED50 for adults

8. Etihad Museum

 

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The Etihad Museum houses over 3,000 books focusing on the UAE’s politics, social fabric, and history, available for reading on-site with the purchase of a museum ticket. Additionally, visitors can explore exhibitions detailing the nation’s formation alongside the library’s archival materials, including magazines and educational items. While you can’t borrow books, the serene atmosphere invites deep dives into the UAE’s past and present.

Where: 1 Jumeirah St – Al Mina – Dubai
When: Throughout the week, 10 am to 8 pm
Cost: The entry fee is AED25 for adults

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9. Al Rashidiya Library

Al Rashidiya Library
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The public library near Al Rashidiya Park offers various titles and a dedicated children’s section with multiple amenities. Although membership is limited to UAE nationals and residents, all visitors can read on-site and explore the available titles. It’s a popular spot for families seeking a cosy environment and engaging activities for children.

Where: 31 Street Number 11, Al Rashidiya
When: Sun-Thu 8 am to 8 pm and Fri 8 am to 12 pm
Cost:  Membership fee is AED50 for adults

10. Al Mankhool Library

Bur Dubai’s Al Mankhool Library offers a tranquil environment for reading and studying, with a diverse collection of books and references. Membership prices are affordable, starting at just Dhs75 for children under 12, making it an accessible option for book enthusiasts of all ages. With contemplative corners, a colourful children’s area, and a VIP section, this government-run library caters to a wide range of interests and demographics.

Where: 133 Al Mankhool Rd – Al Mankhool
When: Sun-Thu 8 am to 8 pm and Fri 8 am to 12 pm
Cost:  Membership fee is AED200 for adults and AED75 for kids for five years

From architectural marvels like the Mohammed Bin Rashid Public Library to the tranquillity of Al Mankhool Library, each offers a unique experience for bibliophiles of all ages. So, grab your favourite book and immerse yourself in the world of literature at one of these captivating destinations.

Cover Image Courtesy: Mohammed Bin Rashid Public Library and Etihad Museum

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