A vast modernisation project
Il n’est pas de lieu plus noble en ce monde que la selle d’un coursier ni de meilleur compagnon qu’un livre. Al-Mutanabbi (915-965)
The library has a rich and diverse (multidisciplinary and multilingual) collection of works. It implements a dynamic acquisition policy that embraces the effervescence of the contemporary Arab world, while consolidating the traditional sources of Arab culture.
In order to pursue its aims, attain its objectives, expand its services, develop its documentary resources, and make them available to the general public in a context that encourages the desire for discovery, exchange, and conviviality, the library has been undergoing a vast modernisation project (requiring its closure) over the last few months.
Extended opening times are being considered. The extension of the opening times would include Sunday opening, based on the desire to attract more diverse audiences and improve the role of the library in the AWI’s cultural offering. This new orientation is also aimed at adapting opening times to the general public’s lifestyles.
In the new library, as they access floor 1, visitors will enter an area designed for the general public that provides printed, multimedia, and digital resources relating to the contemporary Arab world. These resources will focus on the notions of ‘discovery’, ‘relaxation’, and ‘understanding’, based on three fundamental themes: literature, the arts, and contemporary issues. This will be complemented by audiovisual resources (film and music) and a ‘News’ area (online and printed press, and a bookcase with periodicals and the latest publications).
The areas on floors 3 and 5 are specifically designed for study and research. A wall of books will be erected that focuses on a more specialised offering. There will also be areas for self-study and group work.
Despite the temporary closure, the library is maintaining its links with the general public.
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