The department was launched in 1406 AH/1986 AD and is considered a key department within the
library. One of its major duties is to collect original manuscripts and copies, their indexes,
and matters related to that. The manuscripts are then indexed and are provided to researchers
and those who take interest in that. For this purpose a retrievable digital database in Arabic
was created containing all data and indexes. The department is also interested in collecting
picture, paintings, important local documents as well as those from abroad, and rare maps. The
“Special Collections” department allows researchers to view these manuscripts and take a copy of
what they need unconditionally, as well as helping them obtain copies of manuscripts found in
Key duties of this department include:
- Purchasing original manuscripts and documents as well as copies after they have been
assessed by the relevant committee supervised.
- Detailed indexing of original and copied manuscripts and entering them into the
- Indexing documents after classification, then registration and coding it in a special
register; followed by entry into the manuscript database.
- Indexing all printed copies of the Quran owned by the center and entering them into the
- Evaluation of manuscripts and documents on sale and submitting reports to the
administration regarding that.
- Preparation of specialized exhibitions held yearly by the center.
- Collection of heritage and library manuscript indexes in electronic or printed form or
as records of entry and providing them to researchers in a special hall. Data entry of
these records in a special database named (Heritage Treasury), making sure all entries
are unified and correct.
- Providing researchers with sufficient information regarding what they need from the
- Receiving the center’s visitors and creating an atmosphere appropriate for viewing rare
- Helping in evaluating manuscripts and documents for entities and individuals that do not
wish to sell them.
- Issuing Manuscript indexes and preparing them for printing after organization and
sectioning according to the relevant subject.