The AlManarah Library was established to
(1) Address the huge shortage of accessible books in Arabic in order to improve the reading comprehension and cultural experience of Arabic-speaking persons who are print disabled.
(2) Promote the integration of members of our community into higher education and the labor market.
Since its inception in 2010, the AlManarah Library has adapted works for tens of thousands of Arabic-speaking people with disabilities. The Library provides access to a vast pool of recorded books from a wide range of fields, including fine literature, children’s books, and reference works. These audiobooks are produced at our own professional recording studios located in Nazareth.
Today, there are over 6,000 audio books in the Library, accessible to tens of thousands of regular and casual users each month through our website and a mobile app developed specifically for this purpose.
Since 2014, the Almanarah Library has been recognized as a public library for persons with visual and reading impairments supported by the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Sports.
In May 2017, Mohammed Ben Rashad Al Makhtum, Governor of Dubai, gave the AlManarah Library a prestigious award, recognizing it as the best initiative contributing to the advancement of the Arabic language and the building of a knowledgeable Arabic community.
In February 2018, at the International Conference held at the United Nations Center in Vienna, the Almanarah Library won the Zero Project Award as an outstanding program facilitating access to information for people with disabilities.6