10 Public Libraries in Dubai

Are you eager to dive into a captivating story or explore new realms of knowledge? Look no further than Dubai’s vibrant library scene. From cozy corners to expansive collections, there’s a library for every book lover. Here’s everything you need to know about borrowing books in the city and where to find your next great read.

Who Can Join Libraries in Dubai

Residents and citizens of Dubai are welcome to borrow books from public libraries. Simply sign up for a membership and pay the applicable fees. Non-members may also have access to on-site reading at certain libraries.

How to Register for Membership

Adult memberships start at Dhs200, with options for kids and families as well. Registration requires a copy of your Emirates ID and payment of fees. Once approved, you’ll receive a digital membership card.

Borrowing Books

Depending on your membership, you can borrow books for 28 to 35 days. Adults can borrow up to 15 titles, kids 10, and families 25.

Top 10 Libraries in Dubai

Al Rashidiya Library

Nestled near Al Rashidiya Park, this welcoming library offers a vast selection of books, especially for kids. Enjoy the reading hall or explore audio-visual facilities.
Open Mon-Thu 8am-8pm. 44th St, Al Rashidiya (800 33222).

Al Safa Art and Design Public Library

Perfect for art enthusiasts, this library boasts a serene space with books on architecture, design, and modern art.
Open Mon-Thu 8am-8pm and Fri 8am-noon. Al Wasl Rd, Jumeirah 3. (800 33222).

Al Twar Library

With over 68,000 titles, this library caters to avid readers and families alike, offering a garden area for relaxed reading.
Open Mon-Thu 8am-8pm and Fri 8am-noon. Emarat Al Mawred 2, Al Twar 1 (800 33222).

Beach Libraries

Experience the joy of reading by the sea with self-service libraries at Kite Beach, Al Mamzar Beach, and Jumeirah Beach, open 24/7.
Open 24 hours. Kite Beach, Al Mamzar Beach and Jumeirah Beach

Hatta Public Library

Situated near Al Wadi Park, this library offers a shuttle service and a vast collection of over 70,000 titles.
Open Mon-Thu 8am-8pm and Fri 8am-noon. Main street near Al Wadi Park (800 33222).

Hor Al Anz Library

Serving the Deira community, this family-friendly library features both Arabic and English titles, along with a cozy outdoor cafeteria.
Open Sun-Thu and Sat 8am-8pm.16th Street, Deira. (800 33222).

Jameel Art Centre

Explore the Jameel Library within this artistic hub, offering workshops, events, and a diverse collection of books in English and Arabic.
Open Sat-Mon and Thu 10am-8pm and Fri noon-8pm. Jaddaf Waterfront (04 873 9800).

Mohammed Bin Rashid Public Library

Iconic in its design, this library houses millions of books across seven floors, catering to every literary taste.
Open Mon-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri 9am-noon and Sat 9am-9pm. Al Jaddaf (800 627523)

The Old Library

Managed by volunteers, this nonprofit library exudes charm and offers a diverse collection of 25,000 books.
Open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. Gold & Diamond Park, Building 7. theoldlibrary.ae (04 321 3939).

Umm Suqeim Library

A haven for scholars and readers alike, this library features a wide range of genres and activities for children.
Open Sun-Thu and Sat 8am-8pm. 770 Jumeirah St, Umm Suqeim, Jumeirah 3 (800 33222).

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