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Children's Multimedia Library | 10:00 - 16:00
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Use our library spaces for studying and research

Libraries are, first and foremost, a space for research. However, with the rise of flexible work-from-home arrangements, many people who don’t have a home office have taken refuge in coffee shops. Libraries are also quiet and clean, making them a go-to place if you’re looking for productivity. National Library has a wide range of study spaces available, with seats in silent zones, PC areas and group study areas. We also offer students the option of reserving study rooms, booths and certain silent zone seats.

Library Shelfie Day 2024

On the fourth Wednesday of January each year, libraries and readers across social media share selfies with bookshelves and tag them #LibraryShelfie! It's a fun way to share a love of libraries on social media.

World Wildlife Awareness Event

World Wild Life Day awareness program was conducted on 9 March 2023 at the Library Institute. Session was conducted in collaboration with Environmental protection agency and by educating more people on the needs of wildlife, we can take better care for the animals, both in the wild and those who are unfortunately in captivity.

IRCI Delegations Visit

The Delegation from International Research Center for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (IRCI), Director General Mr. Iwamoto Wataru and Associate Fellow Ms. Sasaki Kazue, visited the National Library

Lhenveringe Dhuvahuge Jalsaa

To mark the World Poetry Day Dhivehi Bahuge Academy in collaboration with Indian Cultural Center, National Library of Maldives and Writer’s Guild of Maldives hosted an event on 21st March 2022 at Izzudheen School Hall. Poetry is a form of language that is understood by all, even if one doesn’t speak the language hence, many poets came together and recited poems in 7 different languages. Writer’s Guilds annual magazine ‘lhenveriyaa 6’ was launched along with a ebook ‘Theyhatti’ by Hassan Manik. It was a successful event to spread awareness of poetry to general public.

Webinar 1

Webinar Series 2022 – “Webinar 1: Developing public libraries in Indonesia: improving engagement with empowering the community” conducted on 17 February 2022 on Zoom.

Prime Secretary of National Library of Indonesia (NLI) MS. Ibu Woro Titi Haryanti Salikin delivered the presentations. The webinar was moderated by Director, Ms. Aminath Shiuna.

The presentation was mainly focused on the National Library of Indonesia’s roles, functions, how libraries can empower people by providing them with access to information, and also shared many success stories. A number of 40 participants joined the webinar.

Reading and Literature Project: Reading Chekhov Together

Book display by the National Library for entry of 2nd “Reading and Literature Project: Reading Chekhov Together” is an event hosted by the Taganrog City Hall, Russia, and this project is dedicated to Anton Chekhov’s literary heritage. He is Russia’s most famous writer and playwright.

Book Donation Program

A book donation program was conducted from 25 – 27 January 2022 to develop library collections. A total number of 247 books and 4 magazines were collected by the end of the program.

Travel Display

The first book display of 2022 is focused on the available books about traveling. The book display ‘Travel around the world: travel through Books’ include collectibles/ souvenirs from different countries, miniature pieces of the wonder around the world, and books from the library collection.

Children’s Story Writing Competition

Children’s Multimedia Library announced a children’s short story writing competition on 2n April 2021 for different age groups to celebrate the International Children’s Book day. The age groups are:

  • Under six years
  • Ages between 7 to 10
  • Ages between 11 to 13
  • Ages between 14 to 18

This competition was intended to help the students start to form their ideas for potential stories. This provides the students with a blank page to freely develop story ideas through text and illustration. Furthermore, this competition will help the students to develop their creative writing skills and boost confidence each time they pick up a pen.

Asia Foundation “Let’s Read” Reading Program

Let's Read, reading program is an exciting initiative by Asia Foundation in collaboration with Maldives National University and National Library. Reading is an important part of the child's development. Let's Read aims to provide and share words, rhymes, songs, books, and stories with their children anywhere, anytime. Let's Read uses a community approach to promote the importance of early literacy.

Monthly conducted session via Zoom includes storytime in both Dhivehi and English Language and a simple tutorial on how to use the Let’s Read application.

NDLI Registration

India’s biggest digital repository the National Digital Library of India is now accessible through the National Library website. It is built to provide support for all academic levels including researchers and life-long learners, all disciplines, all popular forms of access devices, and differently-abled learners.

It is designed to enable people to learn and prepare from best practices from all over the world and to facilitate researchers to perform inter-linked exploration from multiple sources.

To get free access please fill the registration form Click Here

Street Library

The first-ever street library in Male’ was launched on 25 February 2021 at Kalhvakaru Miskih Maizaan by Minister of Arts Culture and Heritage Ms. Yumna Maumoon. A second street library cupboard was established on the same day at Hithan Maizaan.

Street libraries are a fun and free way for neighbors and passers-by to make connections and share and spread the joy of reading. Street libraries are community assets, but require some maintenance, restocking, and looking after to ensure they are well used and cared for by the community.

Webinar 2

Webinar Series 2021 – ‘Webinar 2: library services for children and young adults: insight from Norway and Russia’ conducted on 31 May 2021 on Zoom.

Library Director of Forde Public Library & Chair, IFLA Standing Committee, Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section MS. Jorun Systad and Head of the International Relation Department, of Russian State Library for Young Adult Ms. Maria Alekseeve delivered the presentations. The webinar was moderated by Director, Ms. Aminath Shiuna.

The presenters shared information about how they inform the citizens of Norway and Russia about the library services, and the programs they conducted to aware the parents regarding the available services. 50 participants attended the webinar.

Webinar 1

Webinar Series 2021 is organised by the National Library of Maldives to educate and develop the professional skills of the local librarians. This series is a collaborative work with Dr. Gina de Alwis, Library Professional/Researcher from Singapore.

First Webinar – ‘Webinar 1: how to teep students engage’ was conducted on 18 February 2021 through Zoom. The Teacher Librarian at Dubai American Academy Ms. Amanda Gintaut was the speaker and the webinar was moderated by the Director of the National Library Ms. Aminath Shiuna.

The presentation was mainly focused on how to increase the participation and productivity of the students by taking their ideas into consideration and how teachers can acknowledge students’ skillset. A total of 115 participants joined in this webinar.

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