Living Water Library in Al Ain

The Living Water Library is a free lending library open to the community. I popped in this morning and discovered that they have a mixture of fiction and nonfiction for adults as well as children – as well as many Christian titles too as it’s located on the Oasis Hospital Campus, where the Evangelical Church is to be found. Opening hours are: Friday: 9am – 1 pm; Monday: 8 am – 11 am; and Wednesday 5pm – 7pm. Call Patricia Morrow, library director, for directions at 055 736 2692 or email her at: livingwaterlibrary3 at

This is what the library looks like from the outside…

Living Water Library

Here is Patricia with some of the books. Felix is on the far right, buried in a book…

Living Water Library inside

Zayed Library in Al Ain

The Zayed library is open most days, though some opening times are for women only, or men only. It is the biggest library in Al Ain, but the books there are much older than in the other 2 libraries here, and it is better as a source of reference material rather than for casual reading.


I liked this camel opposite the entrance (there are many of these around Al Ain)…


There is also excellent media library containing documentaries and courses on DVD and CD-ROM which you can watch on the computers in the media room. 


Al Ain English Speaking School Community Library

The Al Ain English Speaking School Community Library is currently open Fridays, 11am to 1pm, and Sundays 2.30pm-4pm. The library is always open on Fridays, even during holidays.

(The library is generally open most days from 2.30pm to at least 3pm as children pop in after they finish school.)

You don’t have to have children at the school to take out books. The yearly joining fee is about £25 for a family. Contact Asa, one of the librarians, at asalives at for more information.

This is a shot of the building containing the library…

AESS library

Here are 3 of the 6 tall bookcases containing books for adults…


And there are loads of books for children too…


Al-Ain-English-School-community-library 3

Books suitable for secondary school age children are in a different library inside the main part of the school and aren’t currently accessible to families who don’t have children at the school.