May 23, 2022

Jordan: "Amman Library Looks to Open New Chapter in Storied History"

From Jordan Times Article:

Over a half-century since opening its doors to the public, the capital’s oldest library is now overlooked by most residents, according to citizens and library staff, and is struggling to find its role in the digital age.

With a new modernisation plan designed to win back Amman residents, library curators hope to revive the library’s glory days and open a new chapter in its position in the capital.


Samiha Khreis, editor-in-chief of Hatem magazine, claimed that the Kingdom has never been home to a large reading culture, adding that modern distractions have taken the small portion of regular readers who would normally come to the library.

All agreed that the library struggles to attract the younger generation, which largely views libraries as “antiquated”, museums of the life and time of their parents and grandparents rather than a gateway to knowledge.

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