Riyadh library is now home to a new collection of rare books

Time to hit the library!

If you are in need of a change from what’s currently sitting in your bookshelf, the King Abdul Aziz Public Library in Riyadh has a new collection you need to check out.

The rare books that make up the collection highlight significant historical, archeological and linguistics of ancient civilization to the Northwest of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which have never been reviewed before.


One of these rare books includes ‘Travels in Arabia Deserta’ by Charles M. Doughty who paid a visit to the north of the peninsula between 1875 and 1877.

The book contains information about the archaeological treasures of Madain Saleh.  The book was printed in 1888 in English.

There are also books available in French such as ‘Journal d’un Voyage en Arabie’ which in English translates to ‘Journal of a Voyage to Arabia’ and ‘Mission Archeologique en Arabie’ which in English is ‘Archaeological Mission in Arabia.’

The library is also home to more than 5,000 manuscripts, documents, coins, rare maps and has a rare archive of photographs in addition to more than 8,5000 books.

According to Arab News, the library established a Manuscripts Department in 1988 to contribute to the preservation of Arab and Islamic heritage and make it available to researchers and investigators.

The large collection is in line with Vision 2030 and the cultural strategy of the Ministry of Culture.

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