Even in this age of Kindle and electronic devices-reading an ‘actual’ book is more than just a time-pass. This is a pure nostalgia to some while many are deeply in love with this habit of immersing themselves in the fascinating world of words! Whichever group you belong to-Dubai is fuelling your love for books with its outstanding libraries!

Feeding your book addiction by buying a new one can be a little harsh on your pocket. But thankfully there are some of the most exquisite and wonderful public libraries across Dubai to satisfy your endless urge to read more and more.

Here we bring these best-kept secrets amidst the galleries-museums and cafes around the “City of Gold” where your treasure comes in the shape of vast knowledge and exploration.

1. Dubai Public Library

Before we furnish our list of best libraries in Dubai-we find it necessary to explain what is Dubai Public Library and how it works?

Dubai Public Library is not a single library but it is a network consisting of seven different libraries for adults in different districts in the town. It also includes seven other libraries meant for children as well along with multi-purpose halls and classrooms.

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All these Dubai Public Libraries are interlinked with each other through a common interface so that readers can access information from any of these seven libraries. The seven Dubai Public Library branches can be spotted in the areas of Al Ras-Al Rashidiya-Al Mankhool-Al Safa-Al Twar-Hor Al Anz and Umm Suqeim. There is another one in Hatta for people living outside the city periphery.

Dubai Public Libraries deal with a vast collection of resources including books-newspaper-magazines-journals and recent publications. Both English and Arabic materials are well furnished in these libraries so that readers don’t face any issues to choose a language they prefer to read in.


As per the instruction from Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), official working hours across all Dubai Public Library branches will be from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM-Saturday to Thursday.


  • Al Rashidiya
  • Al Ras
  • Al Safa
  • Al Mankhool
  • Al Safa
  • Al Twar
  • Umm Suqeim
  • Hor Al Anz
  • Hatta

2. Al Safa Art & Design Public Library

When you are an art enthusiast and looking for a perfect place to hang out with books-artworks and friends in Dubai-you should head straight to Al Safa Art & Design Public Library. This place is more than what meets your eyes.

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This place is far from the traditional library you have met to this date! Al Safa Art & Design Library is a newly revamped dynamic platform that gives the members a rare opportunity to work-research-read and meet with a creative bunch of people.

The library features an immersive collection of books that are equally capable of catering to both children and adults. A huge portion of its collection consists of books about architecture-interior design and modern art. Even you can get high-resolution printouts of anything you liked here against a nominal charge.

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