With its vaulted ceilings, reminiscent of the Ummayad architecture
style of Qusayr Amra, and with retrieved archeological artifacts
enchanting the learning environment, the Darat Al Funun specialized
library is endowed with an impressive selection of reference
The collection, in both Arabic and English, includes carefully
selected books ranging from the ancient to the contemporary
arts, dealing with the history of art, artistic movements,
and art techniques from Islamic and western worlds, as well
as the worlds of Asia, Africa and Latin America. It can be
considered as a main focus for the specialized researcher,
the art student, and the interested visitor.
There is constant in-flow of new and major references, which
enables the interested user of the library to delve deeper
into the practical and theoretical aspects of the history
of art. Periodicals and art journals, to which the library
subscribes, as well as catalogues from major museums, keep
readers up-to-date with developments in the art world. The
public has access also to a comprehensive series of art films,
presented weekly with discussions under the theme of "Thursday
Art Meeting", in which the experiences of artists are
reviewed, transcending the barriers of time epochs.
The library has a website on the internet since 1997, with
pages for the seventy Arab artists who have regularly participated
in its permanent exhibition. It also provides artists as well
as the general public with the opportunity to visit the various
museums of the world, and familiarize themselves with the
contents and artifacts hosted in such locations.
The library further houses a computer database on Arab artists
which, together with a collection of slides, videotapes, brochures
and books which document Darat Al Funun 's own public events
and exhibitions, from a basis for a future research center
on Arab art and artists.