The statement released by the Rabat-based Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ICESCO) on May 3, has confirmed that the United Arab Emirates’ Sharjah Library has allowed access to its more than six million e-books and digital knowledge resources for free.
The Sharjah Library was established initially as the Qasimi Library, in 1925, by Sultan bin Saqr Al Qasimi, ruler of Sharjah (1924-1951), at his palace.
Per the statement of the ICESCO, the accessible contents cover more than 30,000 videos, spanning all fields and disciplines, 160,000 e-books, five million global dissertations, 21,000 periodicals and scholarly journals, as well as, a large number of manuscripts, rare books, audio-books, and e-books.
The statement said that the initiative came, in a bid to enrich the contents of “ICESCO Digital Home” and “Distance Culture” initiatives. It added that it the decision will also aid in limiting the impact of COVID-19.