The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) and King Fahd National Library at the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia agreed to giving access to the digital contents of the Library within ICESCO Digital Home, as part of the Distance Culture Initiative. This agreement comes as part of the endeavors of both the Organization and the Library to support the efforts of the global community to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the fields of education, science, and culture.
Against this backdrop, ICESCO Digital Home visitors can access hundreds of thousands of the Library’s references including digital books, Arab and foreign online databases, periodicals and academic dissertations. Visitors can also download hundreds of books for free through the following link:
Such cooperation between the Organization and the Library is likely to contribute to enriching the digital intellectual contents of the Islamic world; and provide ICESCO Member States’ nationals with the opportunity to access the creative and knowledge production of intellectuals, authors and cultural figures from other countries inside and outside the Islamic world.
The references of King Fahd National Library are added to the contents of ICESCO Digital Home, which also gives access to the rich digital contents of the Library of Alexandria, including books and manuscripts in more than 43 languages. Likewise, ICESCO Digital Home gives access to more than six million books and references from Sharjah Library in more than ten different languages; and the entire contents of the digital platform of the Mohameddian League of Scholars of the Kingdom of Morocco including Ar-Ra’id platform for spreading safe religious knowledge, guidebooks on dismantling extremist discourse, Science and Architecture Museum, the Museum of Science History, and the Mohameddian League of Scholars Portal.
It is worth noting that King Fahd National Library aims to purchase, organize, regulate, document, publicize and publish intellectual production. The project to establish the Library was first announced in 1983 at the initiative of the people of Riyadh in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to later on start the execution phase in 1986. The Library is a knowledge beacon for a wide audience of intellectuals as it contributes to enriching knowledge and literature contents at the local, regional and international levels.