2006 News Story

King Abdullah calls for the nation’s libraries to be upgraded

  King Abdullah tours the King Abdulaziz Public Library

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz chaired the 20th meeting of the board of directors of the King Abdulaziz Public Library in Riyadh May 3.

At the meeting, King Abdullah directed authorities to improve the general condition of the Kingdom’s libraries and information centers by making use of modern technology and information about all cultures, the Arab News reported yesterday.

The King also encouraged libraries and centers to increase their use of modern information technology to preserve Arab and Islamic calligraphy in addition to Arab culture, the Arab News reported.

King Abdullah was also briefed on the Encyclopedia of Saudi Arabia, a project being undertaken by the King Abdulaziz Library. He viewed the first few segments on Makkah, Madinah, Riyadh and the Eastern Province. The supervisor of the Library, Faisal Bin-Muammar, said that the King wants the encyclopedia to be available on the Internet in both Arabic and English.

The King also urged joint efforts in the service of Islam and Saudi Arabia. Bin-Muammar quoted the King as saying, “We have to promote the true teachings of Islam and reject religious extremism,” as quoted in the Arab News article.

Saudi Arabia has almost 80 public libraries, overseen by the Ministry of Culture and Information. Most of the libraries are attached to universities and colleges.