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We have one of the largest public libraries in the region, with a collection of over 240,000 titles in Arabic and English intuitively arranged across four floors and covering an extraordinary range of themes, topics and genres. We have something for everyone, whatever your age and interests.
Ithra Library has a wide array of electronic materials in Arabic and English, including audio books and e-books, with more resources to come. The library’s collection is 60% Arabic and 40% English and is available to be enjoyed in the library or at home.
In addition to the best workspaces in the Eastern Province, the library also hosts book signings and special talks by prominent local and international guests, story times for children, literary competitions and oral history sessions.
Ithra Library is the cradle of the iRead national reading competition, a flagship Ithra program that has attracted more than 50,000 participants from all educational levels since 2014.
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Discover inspiration among our collection of 240,000 print and digital material, in both Arabic and English. Search by author, title or keyword.
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Access thousands of e-books and audiobooks here in both Arabic and English. Borrow them digitally and read them on your tablet, phone or home PC.
The Children’s and Young Adult Library, multimedia section and main presentation area are located on the library’s second floor. The Children’s Library has been designed for our youngest readers and created to make their introduction to reading memorable. The library’s multimedia section comprises a vast collection of audio books, DVDs, and CDs, including language courses, self-development books, travel guides etc. The main presentation area is the site for special events such as book signings and workshops. Past events have included US entrepreneur Arianna Huffington, art historian Cheryl Finley, Kuwaiti authors Saud Al Sanousi and Buthaina Al-Eissa and Emirati author Ali Al-Omaimi.
You get extra benefits with your Ithra membership card. Use your membership card to borrow books and other materials from the library.