Mohammed Bin Rashid's Book-shaped Library Opens to Public

Published June 19th, 2022 - 10:24 GMT

Mohammed Bin Rashid Library (MBRL) was officially opened to visitors and readers in Dubai on June 16, 2022. The Dubai library is designed from the outside to look like a book. It contains more than 1.1 million books.

MBRL is spread over 54,000sqm and consists of seven floors as well as it is divided to nine small libraries inside one giant library.

Mohammed Bin Rashid Library is developed to match current world needs as it contains very smart technology and artificial intelligence to make the library as accessible as possible. Furthermore, robots are placed to help visitors beside an electronic book retrieval system.

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A visitor views books at the newly-opened Mohammed Bin Rashid library (MBRL) in Dubai on June 16, 2022. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

Mohammed Bin Rashid library

A visitor pulls from a shelf the 2013 Arabic book "Wamadat Min Fikr Muhammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoom" (Flashes from the Thoughts of Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoom) authored by the UAE prime minister and ruler of the emirate of Dubai, at the newly-opened Mohammed Bin Rashid library (MBRL) in Dubai on June 16, 2022. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

Mohammed Bin Rashid library

Children use a robot for assistance at the newly-opened Mohammed Bin Rashid library (MBRL) in Dubai on June 16, 2022. The design incorporates technology and artificial intelligence to make the library as accessible as possible, including robots to help visitors and an electronic book retrieval system. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

Mohammed Bin Rashid library

A visitor views a 1644 manuscript copy of the "Sacred Prayers of the Christian Soul" by Pierre Moreau (R) on display at the newly-opened Mohammed Bin Rashid library (MBRL) in Dubai on June 16, 2022. The design incorporates technology and artificial intelligence to make the library as accessible as possible, including robots to help visitors and an electronic book retrieval system. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

Mohammed Bin Rashid library

A visitor walks past a manuscript copy of the 1734 Turgot map of Paris, a highly accurate and detailed map of the city as it existed in the 1730s, commissioned by municipality chief Michel-Étienne Turgot, drawn up by surveyor Louis Bretez, and engraved by Claude Lucas, open to show the Place de la Bastille and on display at the newly-opened Mohammed Bin Rashid library (MBRL) in Dubai. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

Mohammed Bin Rashid library

A visitor checks a book at the newly-opened Mohammed Bin Rashid library (MBRL) in Dubai on June 16, 2022. The design incorporates technology and artificial intelligence to make the library as accessible as possible, including robots to help visitors and an electronic book retrieval system. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

Mohammed Bin Rashid library

A woman passes by manuscripts showing the works of celebrated Renaissance writers (L to R) Miguel de Cervantes of Spain's "Don Quixote" (1780 Ibarra edition), William Shakespeare of England's "Second Folio - Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies" (1632 first edition), Michel de Montaigne of France's "Essays" (1580 first edition), and Dante Alighieri of Italy's "Divine Comedy" (1491 first fully-illustrated edition) in MBRL. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

Mohammed Bin Rashid library

A general view shows the newly-opened Mohammed Bin Rashid library (MBRL) in Dubai on June 16, 2022. The design incorporates technology and artificial intelligence to make the library as accessible as possible, including robots to help visitors and an electronic book retrieval system. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

Mohammed Bin Rashid library
Mohammed Bin Rashid library
Mohammed Bin Rashid library
Mohammed Bin Rashid library
Mohammed Bin Rashid library
Mohammed Bin Rashid library
Mohammed Bin Rashid library
Mohammed Bin Rashid library
Mohammed Bin Rashid library
A visitor views books at the newly-opened Mohammed Bin Rashid library (MBRL) in Dubai on June 16, 2022. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)
Mohammed Bin Rashid library
A visitor pulls from a shelf the 2013 Arabic book "Wamadat Min Fikr Muhammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoom" (Flashes from the Thoughts of Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoom) authored by the UAE prime minister and ruler of the emirate of Dubai, at the newly-opened Mohammed Bin Rashid library (MBRL) in Dubai on June 16, 2022. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)
Mohammed Bin Rashid library
Children use a robot for assistance at the newly-opened Mohammed Bin Rashid library (MBRL) in Dubai on June 16, 2022. The design incorporates technology and artificial intelligence to make the library as accessible as possible, including robots to help visitors and an electronic book retrieval system. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)
Mohammed Bin Rashid library
A visitor views a 1644 manuscript copy of the "Sacred Prayers of the Christian Soul" by Pierre Moreau (R) on display at the newly-opened Mohammed Bin Rashid library (MBRL) in Dubai on June 16, 2022. The design incorporates technology and artificial intelligence to make the library as accessible as possible, including robots to help visitors and an electronic book retrieval system. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)
Mohammed Bin Rashid library
A visitor walks past a manuscript copy of the 1734 Turgot map of Paris, a highly accurate and detailed map of the city as it existed in the 1730s, commissioned by municipality chief Michel-Étienne Turgot, drawn up by surveyor Louis Bretez, and engraved by Claude Lucas, open to show the Place de la Bastille and on display at the newly-opened Mohammed Bin Rashid library (MBRL) in Dubai. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)
Mohammed Bin Rashid library
A visitor checks a book at the newly-opened Mohammed Bin Rashid library (MBRL) in Dubai on June 16, 2022. The design incorporates technology and artificial intelligence to make the library as accessible as possible, including robots to help visitors and an electronic book retrieval system. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)
Mohammed Bin Rashid library
A woman passes by manuscripts showing the works of celebrated Renaissance writers (L to R) Miguel de Cervantes of Spain's "Don Quixote" (1780 Ibarra edition), William Shakespeare of England's "Second Folio - Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies" (1632 first edition), Michel de Montaigne of France's "Essays" (1580 first edition), and Dante Alighieri of Italy's "Divine Comedy" (1491 first fully-illustrated edition) in MBRL. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)
Mohammed Bin Rashid library
A general view shows the newly-opened Mohammed Bin Rashid library (MBRL) in Dubai on June 16, 2022. The design incorporates technology and artificial intelligence to make the library as accessible as possible, including robots to help visitors and an electronic book retrieval system. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)