Welcome to Qaumee Kuthubukhaanaa — National Library.
Qaumee Kuthubukhaanaa is a government organisation, which is comprised of a national library and a public library. The public library service is divided into two sections. The public library service for children (below 13 years) is located in Maafannu at Children's Multimedia Library premise. The public library service section that caters adult and children above 12 years is located at the National Library in Museum Building A
The library consists of an impressive collection that caters to people from all walks of life.
Patrons should give due respect to the library staff and good conduct and quiet behavior should be adopted in the library.
Patrons should respect the rules and regulations set forth for borrowing and must not cause any damage to the library items. If not, necessary action would be taken according to the seriousness of the matter.
Food & Drinks
For the protection of the books, building, furniture and equipment, the library prohibits the consumption of ANY food within its premises, except a small water bottle.
Smoking is strictly prohibited within library premises
Cell Phone Use
In order to maintian a quiet and respectful reading environment, all cell phones should be set to silent or switched off while they are in the library
If a call must be answered, do so in an isolated area, so you do not disturb other library users.
Patrons should visit the library in clean and proper attire.
Bags and Personal Belongings
Bags and Personal belongings should be left in the lockers
Normal Work Hours
|Day of Week||Opening Hours|
|Saturday - Thursday||09:15 - 17:30|
|Day of Week||Circulation Counter||Opening Hours||Administration Office (except Saturdays)|
|Saturday - Thursday||09:15 - 17:45||09:15 - 17:45||08:00 - 14:00|
Children's Multimedia Library
|Day of Week||Circulation Counter||Opening Hours|
|Saturday - Thursday||10:15 - 15:45||10:15 - 15:45|
We are CLOSED on Fridays & Public Holidays
Qaumee Kuthubukhaanaa has three main collections : National, Dhivehi and English
The National Collection contains materials about Maldives. The collection is aimed at preserving and maintain the information literary heritage of Maldives. Therefore all materials belonging to this collection are reference only and used for research purpose.
Dhivehi and English collections are the public lending collections. The collections have both fictional and non-fiction materials.
|Name||Code||Color||Age Group||Fiction – Dhivehi||F–DV||none||18+|
|Fiction – English||F–EN||none||18+|
|Islamic Collection – Dhivehi||IC–DV||13+|
|Islamic Collection – English||IC–EN||13+|
|Junior Fiction – Dhivehi||JF–DV||10 – 12|
|Junior Fiction – English||JF–EN||10 – 12|
|Junior Nonfiction – Dhivehi||JNF–DV||10 – 12|
|Junior Nonfiction – English||JNF–EN||10 – 12|
|Kinder Collection – Dhivehi||KC–DV||Below 6|
|Kinder Collection – English||KC–EN||Below 6|
|Library Science Collection||LSC||none|
|Nonfiction – Dhivehi||NF–DV||none||13+|
|Nonfiction – English||NF–EN||none||13+|
|Teen Fiction||TF||13 – 19|
|Young Fiction – Dhivehi||YF–DV||6 – 10|
|Young Fiction – English||YF–EN||6 – 10|
|Young Nonfiction – Dhivehi||YNF–DV||6 – 10|
|Young Nonfiction – English||YNF–EN||6 – 10|
The Library's collections have two main loan categories. They are Lending items and Non-Lending items. Lending items may be borrowed by library members. Non-Lending items can only be used within the library.
Legal Deposit Items
Items Pre-Legal Deposit Act
|Children's Multimedia Library||
|Children's Multimedia Library||
Circulation, Membership, Reference, Internet, Photocopying, E-Resources and Referrals
Applicant is required to submit completed membership form. Membership form is available from here and from library front desk.
Membership form should be submitted along with:
Membership Fee Summary
|Membership type||Registration fee||Membership fee||Deposit (Foreigners only)|
|Junior (below 18)||MVR 25||MVR 5||MVR 150|
|Adult||MVR 50||MVR 10||MVR 150|
*The loan period will be counted inclusive of Saturdays, Fridays and Public Holidays. However if the due date falls on a Friday or Public holiday then the due date will be extened until the next library open day without an overdue.
Most items may be renewed once if there are no outstanding requests for that item. High demand or special interest items may not be renewed. You may renew in person or on-line.
Overdue fines are charged as follows:
|Item type||Junior (below 18)||Adult|
|CD||MVR 3 per day||MVR 3 per day|
|Book||MVR 1 per day||MVR 2 per day|
All overdue fines will be calculated inclusive of Fridays & public holidays.
Computing and Internet facility
Library provides computing and Internet facilites for all library users. Users may use the computer stations provided or may bring their own device and connect to the library's Wi-Fi network.
By using or accessing the library's Computing and Internet facilities all users must abide by the library's Computing and Internet Use policy. For instructions on how to connect to the library's WiFi please read through these instructions.
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