This impressive and prestigious library is located in Qasr Al Watan, a working presidential palace and an important destination within the cultural landscape of Abu Dhabi. This is one of the few presidential headquarters in the world that has opened its doors to the public.
Qasr Al Watan Library reflects the UAE Vision 2021, which supports the knowledge economy to promote and sustain development through investment in minds and human resources. The library is an impressive addition to the rich, existing Abu Dhabi public library network, which provides sources of knowledge through the latest technologies and techniques. Qasr Al Watan Library is open to UAE nationals, residents and travelling visitors, and can be visited in person. A membership card provides access to all services.
The Qasr Al Watan Library boasts a large collection of knowledge resources in the fields of science and the arts within the UAE. Collected over 35 years, these publications cover subjects including history, geography and the social, economic and political development of the country. Official and historical documents from local and international sources are accessible alongside the Constitution and laws of the UAE. The library also houses publications from cultural institutions, research centres, official authorities and publishing houses from across the UAE. There are books on archaeology, history, heritage, memoirs, biographies, human and social sciences, statistics, administration, culture, literature, arts and other sources of public interest.
In addition to the library's comprehensive collection of books and resources, a series of community initiatives, including panel discussions and musical performances, stimulate dialogue and knowledge exchange.
Offering an integrated reading experience, with resources available in Arabic, English and many other languages, Qasr Al Watan Library is home to printed books, e-books, audio and video books, periodicals, multimedia, university letters, research articles, newspapers and magazines, documents, encyclopaedias, book summaries, reference dictionaries, databases and rare manuscripts. The interior offers a comfortable research, reading and writing environment, housing modern rooms equipped with computers and search-friendly electronic resources.