The AlManarah Library was established to (1) address the huge shortage of accessible books in Arabic, which contributes to the decreased well-being of people with disabilities with regards to reading comprehension and experience, and to (2) promote the integration of people with disabilities into higher education and the labor market.
Since its inception in 2010, the International Library has adapted works for tens of thousands of Arabic-speaking people with disabilities. It provides access to a vast pool of recorded books from a wide range of fields, including fine literature, children’s books, and reference books. Audiobooks are produced at our professional recording studios located in Nazareth.
Today, there are over 5,000 audio books in the library, accessible to tens of thousands of regular and casual users each month through the library’s website and a mobile app developed specifically for this purpose.
Since 2014, the Almanara Library has been recognized as a public library for people with visual and reading impairments and is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
In May 2017, the adapted Digital Almanara Library won a prestigious award from Mohammed Ben Rashad Al Makhtum, Governor of Dubai, as the best initiative contributing to the advancement of the Arabic language and the building of a knowledgeable Arabic community.
In February 2018, the Custom Digital Almanara Library won the Zero Project Award as an outstanding initiative for accessing information for people with disabilities, as part of the International Conference held at the United Nations center in Vienna.