Currently, the library contains around 7000 books. The basic and major knowledge resources and references related to Islamic architecture, arts and sciences pertaining to the history and ongoing status of Islamic arts and architecture and sciences, in more than eleven living languages and diverse documents regarding how Islamic civilization is perceived by others.
2. Arabic Manuscripts
The Manuscripts Collection in the library provides researchers with resources on microfiche (cards) of manuscripts for preservation and access purpose covering various disciplines including copies of the Holy Qur’an printed in Europe during the years (1537-1857), and additional extremely rare editions of manuscripts and imprints all totaling (50679) in number in Microfiche form.
3. Rare Books
Over 100 rare book titles of historical value, predominately on the history and antiquities of Islamic Architecture in the Middle East, the Indian Peninsula, Spain and Persia. These rare books, dating from the seventeenth century, are often difficult to find in the market, and then only through antiquarian booksellers. As such, these items are kept in a secure area to which access is restricted.
Cataloging & Classification
A classification system is a simple way of describing subject content. It allows libraries to group together books of the same or similar subject and it allows books to be arranged on the shelf for easy retrieval. The Library uses the American Library of Congress Classification system. The classification guidelines are the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Second Edition (AACR2) providing headings for author, title, subject, and abstracts that facilitate retrieval of information and research. The LC system which uses call numbers consisting of English alphabet letters and numbers assigned to subjects and arranged alphabetically. It is read from left to right and from up to down.
This system is used to organize the collection in the library, A to Z. It helps the library put books in each subject together on the shelf regardless of the language in which they are written. Each book has a record in the online catalog, where you can find the call number of the book. You need the call number for the book to find it on the shelf. Shelves are arranged alphabetically from left to right. Divide signs on the shelf ends range ends show the beginning and ending call numbers of books found on those shelves.
Due to accelerated progress in the information field, and in keeping up with the accelerated move toward automation in the current culture of the UAE, and the growing demand on documents, manuscripts, printed and digital data and high speed of information delivery, the Millennium system has been selected and purchased for internal library use. The Millennium System is highly capable of integrating increasingly diverse sources and content, especially electronic, and managing, classifying and accessing these sources with ease. It also resolves problems quickly and efficiently, and provides accurate and timely reports and statistics about the contents and operations of the library.