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AUK Library Organizes Field Trip to National Library of Kuwait

Members of the AUK community-consisting of students, faculty and staff-visited the National Library of Kuwait (NLK) where they were well-received by the staff at NLK who provided a guided tour of the various halls and departments at the library. The first stop was at the children's area, which the library created in order to encourage children to be further engaged with the educational space. A group from a local high school surprised the AUK students with a creative and original performance about the social costs and individual dangers of drug use. The AUK students enjoyed the performance, and its anti-drug message resonated with them deeply.

The group then visited the Kuwaitna Hall which holds the Kuwaiti collections as well as other archives and rare books-some written in English, others in Arabic-about the history of the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East. The beautifully designed space had an elegant wooden ship as its centerpiece. Another stop was at the personal collections hall where more than fifteen personal libraries were donated by prominent Kuwaiti figures: Dr. Suad Al-Sabah, the poets Ahmad Al-Saqqaf and Ahmad Al-Adwani, Shaikh Abdullah Al-Nouri, and many others. Students visited the digital lab, where they could see how books are digitized for the purpose of preservation and online accessibility.

AUK students expressed their gratitude to NLK and the University for organizing the educational and fun field trip. One student, Chloe Ramey, said of the trip, "From Pre-Kuwait British archives to newspaper publications during the Gulf War, being surrounded in historical literature was the highlight of the Kuwait National Library field trip. While I was having the opportunity to see rare personal library collections, I could only imagine who was the last person to read these books, what annotations where left in between the pages? These books are truly gems received by the library and they are here for us to learn and share for generations to come."

AUK group during the guided tour of the library

AUK students going through some books

AUK group during one of the stops of their tour of the library

AUK group during one of the stops of their tour of the library

AUK faculty viewing artwork displayed in the library

Group photo of the AUK group at the National Library of Kuwait

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 8th April 2018


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