The Old Library, established in 1969, is the oldest English language Library in Dubai catering to the needs of the English speaking expatriate community. It is a non-profit organisation which is run entirely by volunteers. An elected Management Committee oversees the operation of the Library and all funds raised through subscription, book fines and second hand books sales go directly back into the Library to cover operating costs and the purchase of new books.



The Library has operated in many different premises over the years. However, in 2006 the Library found a new, permanent home at the Dubai Community Theatre and Art Center (DUCTAC) complex in the Mall of the Emirates on Sheikh Zayed Road. DUCTAC provides state of the art facilities for a dynamic range of theater, art and library activities which are provided for the wider Dubai community.

DUCTAC is sponsored by a large number of Dubai and UAE organisations which contributed to the cost of building the facilities, and to ongoing operations. The Library section of the building was kindly sponsored by Dubai Duty Free.


The Committee of Management is responsible for setting down the Rules and Regulations which, where appropriate are ratified at an Annual General Meeting. Any adult Member of the library may stand for election to the Committee of Management at the Annual General Meeting. An elected Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator manage the day to day operation of the Library assisted by a large team of additional volunteers.