The National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco is a national public and cultural institution whose mission is to encourage reading and publishing at a large scale, to collect, to process, to preserve and to disseminate national documentary heritage and foreign documentary collections.

Designed by the architects Rachid Al Andaloussi and Abdelouahed Mountassir, the building is a combination of three cubic volumes overlapping each other and an impressive tower. This imposing set not only embodies the cultural development of the city of Rabat, it is also an essential component of its urban development.

This new 18,250 sqm library offering more than 340 000 books and 60 000 manuscripts is composed of two levels. Built as an extension of the Jardin d’Essais botanical and pleasure garden, it also literally merges with the Belvedere Park. It has been purposely built and equipped with the modern technology systems to enable more efficient use of the information and knowledge. In addition to offering an exhibition gallery, meeting spaces, a 300-seat auditorium and a cafetaria, the library also offers quiet large spaces for consulting the many books, manuscripts and periodicals.

Patios allow light to enter into the library.

To safeguard the memories and treasures of the country, the architects designed a 11-storey tower with a height of nearly 35 meters, plus a glass of 9 meters. This space provides mobile shelving storage and preservation of manuscripts and rare documents. The latest state-of-the-art technologies are used  regarding dehumidification, air conditioning, fire protection …

Client

Bibliothèque nationale du royaume/Ministère de la culture

Project Dates

2008

Partners

Architects : Andaloussi / Mountassir

Project Figures

Amount of works: 26 M€