Zayed University Academic Library, United Arab Emirates

Academic libraries / Completed 2011

An academic pioneer

Zayed University has been a pioneering institution from the start in 1998. It was founded for the women of the nation and with an expressed ambition to educate tomorrow’s leaders. Today, over 7,000 students – male and female – from 19 countries study at the university’s two campuses.


During the autumn of 2011 the Abu Dhabi branch inaugurated its new-built campus. With its dramatic, undulating aluminium clad roof it is an architectural first of its kind, and the most futuristic university in the United Arab Emirates. The new campus site covers an area of 80 hectares – twice as big as the former – filled with all facilities to provide a state-of-the-art education environment.


The four-stories tall library building is formed as a tiered amphitheatre, based on the design of the US Library of Congress. As you enter you meet a pure and relaxing ambience, provided by BCI’s Slimline Shelving System in white finish. An 18,000 m2 large oasis for knowledge and information.