The library is equipped with the latest technologies that enable users to gain their desired benefit through the most efficient and effective means. The library is divided as follows:

1. Basement and Vault:
The basement houses the auditorium, and has a separate entrance, so the organization of any celebration does not create noises that may disturb library visitors. The auditorium hosts some 400 persons, and is equipped with the latest and most advanced technologies, from the design of the seats to the stage, accessories, and the sound and lighting systems.
The auditorium plays a key role in hosting symposia, cultural evenings and original folklore shows accompanying certain cultural activities. It is equipped with special rooms for translation, and a VIP hall. The vault also has a separate entrance, and includes large parking areas for employees' cars.

2. Ground Floor:
The ground floor was designed to have a practical and dynamic character that enables both movement and reading. There are spaces appropriate for the activities usually taking place on the ground floor. This floor includes:

a) Main hall: a reading hall, where visitors find quietness and useful information. It includes:

  • An electronic catalog which enables users to search electronically for all types of resources and information available in the library: books, periodicals, theses, manuscripts and references. Searches for the required material may be done by title, author, subject and keyword.
  • Reference services that aim to guide visitors to the sources of their required information.
  • A section for newspapers and recently published magazines.
  • An Arab information databank "AskZad".
  • Documents and manuscripts gallery.
  • The publications of the foundation of Abdulaziz Saud Al-Babtain Prize for Poetic Creativity.
  • Reading areas.
b) A multi-purpose hall used for organizing lectures and following the symposia organized in the auditorium when needed, as this hall is equipped with video-conferencing technology for the direct broadcast of events and activities.

c) Audio-visual room: This room contains areas for group and individual viewing and listening, in addition to the possibility of viewing poetic and cultural symposia and conferences via the Internet. Because of the digital dimension of the library's activities, VHS videotapes have been transferred to DVDs, while audiocassettes have been transferred to audio CDs.

d) Internet room: The Internet room is equipped with the most advanced computers connected to local and international databases in addition to the Internet. The library was keen to provide its services to everyone, including users with special needs, especially the visually impaired. Thus the library provides them with the latest software "Ibsar" which allows them to navigate the Internet easily.

e) Photocopying center: This center enables users to make photocopies of the library collections.

f) Diwaniya: This is an open sitting place where poets and intellectuals meet.

g) Café: A cafeteria where drinks and snacks are served to visitors.

h) Prayer room for visitors who would like to pray.

3. First Floor:
With its wide windows and picturesque views, the first floor is an ideal reading corner and an optimal place for preparing research and studies. It includes:

a) Arabic poetry books
b) Academic theses
c) Reading and e-search areas where users can search for the required information on the Internet or through library catalogs.
d) Reference desk.

4. Second Floor:

The second floor has a unique feature, as it contains rare and valuable manuscripts and publications, including:

a) Abdulkareem Saud Al-Babtain's Library.
b) Periodicals section.
c) Manuscripts section, which includes manuscripts, indexes and a section for the textual retrieval of their contents.
d) Rare books and old editions from various sources.
e) A special section for the library of "Annajat Al-Ahliya".
f) Reading and e-search areas where users can search for the required information on the Internet or through library catalogs.

5. Third Floor:

The third floor is comprised of the library administration and staff offices where professional, technical, and administrative needs of the library are provided.

6. Technical Departments of the Library:

In addition to the floors mentioned above, the library has a separate entrance that leads to the technical services departments, where all the technical operations needed for books are performed, including collection development and cataloging.


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