House of Wisdom and the Scroll Monument

house of wisdom sharjah and scroll monument

This post was first published on 20 February 2021 and updated on 8 January 2024.

The House of Wisdom Sharjah

The House of Wisdom is a fabulous place to study, work or just read. You don’t have to be a member and, as there are many comfortable places to sit with a book, you can still use it.

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Located next to Sharjah University City, it serves many students who you’ll see hard at work preparing for exams, researching a paper or working with classmates on a project. But the library is there for everyone and has a great children’s section, with cosy seating and cushions.

The library has various sections and an interactive guide but there are staff on hand to help you if you need help finding what you’re looking for. You can find Arabic and English books and I found several related to my study, so it’s worth having a look if you’re a student.

So now you’ve got your book, take your pick of seats and you’re spoilt with choice. Will you go for a desk, a comfy chair with complete privacy overlooking the Scroll Monument, an armchair, a niche in the wall, or a mini bed in a cubby in the wall? All have individual lighting and USB ports.

You could also sit in the indoor or outdoor gardens. Meeting rooms are available to rent, and what a lovely setting to inspire a productive discussion. The library also has a restaurant and cafe to sit and read, meet up with fellow students, or just for lunch.

HH Dr Sheikh Sultan Al Qasimi, the Ruler of Sharjah, instructed the House of Wisdom to be built to celebrate Sharjah being awarded the World Book Capital 2019 title by UNESCO. But it is also an ode to Baghdad’s ancient House of Wisdom, a major intellectual centre during the Islamic Golden Age.

Sheikh Sultan is a great lover of history, especially of the Arab World and of learning, and indeed, a Professor of History and a prolific author. You can read all of his books here.

display board at hosue of wisdom sharjah

The House of Wisdom’s role in learning continues beyond books. It’s also a venue for book clubs, creative writing classes, Language courses, children’s workshops, crafting sessions, art exhibitions and more. You can find their programme of events on the House of Wisdom website.

bookshelves at house of wisdom library in sharjah

The structure designed by Foster & Partners has various features incorporating both minimalism and the symmetrical geometric designs used in Islamic architecture. These include a floating roof, fountains on either side, indoor gardens, and sweeping black and gold staircases.

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The Scroll Monument Sharjah

The Scroll Monument was also created to celebrate Sharjah’s title of World Book Capital in 2019. Designed by British sculptor Gerry Judah of Diales, it symbolises ancient scrolls, one of the early means of recording and conveying the written word.

the scroll monument sharjah

Sculpted out of 72 tons of steel, it stands 36 metres tall in front of The House of Wisdom, creating superb opportunities for the creative photographer.

the scroll monument sharjah at night

The House of Wisdom is accessible by public transport from Sharjah or by car. Parking is available in the basement and outside. It’s often easier to park in front of the Scroll Monument.

House of Wisdom timings

Sun–Thurs 9am–11pm, Fri–Sat 9am-midnight

House of Wisdom membership fees

Standard AED 400 (students AED320) Premium 800 (students 640). To find out more, visit their website.

House of Wisdom Accessibility

Fully accessible with ramps, elevators and toilets for People of Determination.

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Other places of interest to visit nearby


  • What is the House of Wisdom Sharjah entry fee? It’s free entry
  • What is the House of Wisdom location? It’s on Airport/Dhaid Road E88, next to University City and near the airport.
  • Can I visit the House of Wisdom? Yes, anyone can visit.
  • Is the House of Wisdom the only library in Sharjah? No, the main public library is on Cultural Square and there are many local branches across the emirate.

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