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Designed by Rem Koolhaas, the 45,000-square-meter building resembles two pieces of paper that are
pulled apart and folded diagonally at the corners to create a shell-like structure, enclosing
the open-plan interior.
Its growing collection includes rare and valuable archival documents, books, and periodicals in
various European languages; early Arabic printed materials, such as books, journals, magazines,
and newspapers; and Arabic manuscripts, maps, atlases, globes, historical photographs, and
instruments and tools related to travel.
The library has numerous facilities for individual and group collaboration, research, and study.