Public Libraries in Lebanon – Part 1

Many studies have shown and proven the essence of reading and its effect on kids, whether they were newborns or teenagers. Reading helps with the early development of the brain, the ability to speak and communicate, a premature consciousness about the world around them, and most importantly, a strong bond with the parents.
Books, among other toys or activities like puzzles or informative workbooks, help children elaborate and enrich their vocabulary, which will make them excel at school among their classmates.

In case you’re as busy as a bee, you might want to subscribe or make it a weekly visit to some of your neighboring public libraries.

Yes, they do exist, and if you care about your child’s education, it is highly recommended to know where these book havens are located.

Lebanon Kids’ Guide has compiled all the public libraries in Lebanon into one list. If we missed any sneaky library that is hiding from us, please leave a comment below so we would update our list.

1. CLAC

Where: Bikfayya

Perks: Most Lebanese schools prepare workshops, reading sessions, and plays at CLAC. They have free activities as well.

2. Kotobus 03/737724

Where: Moving library in a bus

Opening hours: 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. Monday to Friday

Perks: Over 4,000 books on different topics, Internet access, storytelling, book discussions, school visits.

3. Youth and Culture Center (YCC)

Where: Zouk Mikael

Fee: Access to on-site documents and books is free, 15,000 L.L. annual fee

Opening hours: 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Monday to Friday

Perks: Internet access, internship opportunities, over 30,000 books, workshops and trainings.

4. Lebanese National Library 01/ 756 321 – 01/ 756 325

Where: Sanayeh, Beirut

Fee: To be announced

Opening hours: To be announced

Perks: Book restoration, books on multiple topics, trainings.

5. Bachoura Library 01/667701

Where: Bachoura

Fee: 10,000 L.L. refundable deposit

Opening hours: Tuesday till Friday 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. – Saturday 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Perks: Storytelling Hour every Friday at 4 pm, exploring oriental music with music critic Elias Sahhab the first Monday of every month, documentary film screenings once a month, Arabic Book Club Meeting Once a Month.

6. Geitawi Library 01/562677

Where: Geitawi, Jesuit Garden

Fee: 10,000 L.L. refundable deposit

Opening hours: Tuesday till Friday 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. – Saturday 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Perks: Storytelling every Saturday at 11 A.M., books, magazines, and games in Arabic, French, English, Armenian, and Spanish.

7. Monot Library

Where: Monot, USJ

Fee: 10,000 L.L. refundable deposit

Opening hours: Tuesday till Friday 10 A.M to 6 P.M. – Saturday 10 A.M. to 1 P.M.

Perks: Storytelling every Friday at 4:30 P.M., exploring western music on the last Friday of every month, books, magazines and games in Arabic, French, and English.

9. Instiut Francais 01/420200

Where: Baalbeck, Beyrouth, Deir el Qamar, Jounieh, Nabatieh, Saida, Tripoli, Tyr, Zahle

Opening hours: Depending on each branch.

Perks: Books for kids, teenagers, and adults, online access to books, educational and informational events, book signatures, cinema…

13. Metn Culture Center for Francophone Activities, Mtein-Assoc for Words, Arts, and Light 03/541814 – 03/795871 – 04/295229 – 01/892754 – 04/296400

Where: Metn

Opening hours: Night Tue-Fri 3:30pm-6pm – 10am-1:00pm depending on the activities of students. Sat 10am-1:00pm – Monday and Sunday off – Saturday: 10am-1:00pm

14. Al Muna Public Library

Where: Tripoli

Fee: Student fee 45,000 L.L.

Opening hours: Monday till Friday 10 A.M. to 7 P.M. – Saturday 10 A.M. to 6 P.M.

Perks: 16,000 books in Spanish, German, Russian

15. Municipal Public Library of Aitat 03/310382 – 05/270552

Where: Aitat

Opening hours: Monday till Friday 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. – Saturday 8 A.M. to 1 P.M.

16. Municipal Public Library of Aley 05/557561-2

Where: Rue de l’Universite Nationale, Immeuble de l’Association al-Radwan, 2e etage

19. Hussein AboulHosn Public Library 05/532535

Where: Btekhnay

Opening hours: Saturday and Friday 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.

Perks: English and Arabic books

22. Antoun Karam Public Library 07/781027

Where: Jezzine

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. – Saturday 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. – Summer time 3:30 P.M. to 5:30 P.M.

24. Michel Nabaa Public Library 71/771017

Where: Joun, Chouf

25. Municipal Public Library of Zahleh 03/322181

Where: Zahle

Opening hours: Monday till Friday 9 A.M. to 1 P.M., then 2 P.M. to 5 P.M. – Saturday 11       A.M. to 12 P.M.

26. National Library of Baakline 03/426924-05/304050

Where: Chouf

Opening hours: Monday till Friday 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. – Saturday 8 A.M. to 2 P.M.

Perks: 120,000 books and 300,000 print

27. Public Library of Haret Hreik 01/ 276 170

Where: Haret Hreik, Main road, Municipality building

Network: CLAC

31. Public Library of Bablbliye 03/903391-07/420383-07/420276

Where: Barja, Jebbaneh Quarter, Thakafeh building

Opening hours: Monday till Friday 8 A.M. to 3 P.M. – Saturday 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.

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