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Horsh Beirut Festival 2018


Horsh Beirut Festival 2018

About Organizer:
ASSABIL is a non-governmental association founded in 1997 to establish and promote public libraries in Lebanon that are free and open to all.

Our Objectives:
-Establishing, promoting, and supporting a network of public libraries throughout Lebanon.
-Sponsoring cultural and social activities that encourage people to come to the library.
-Establishing a training program for librarians and others who work in libraries.
-Encouraging the production of books and educational materials in Arabic – especially for children.

The municipal public libraries have been established in a joint effort between ASSABIL and the Municipality of Beirut with the generous support of the Regional Council of Ile de France and numerous other supporters.

ASSABIL has been commissioned by the Municipality of Beirut to manage and operate the municipal public libraries in the neighborhoods of Bachoura (since 2000), Geitawi (since 2004) and Monnot (since 2008). In the coming years, ASSABIL and the Municipality of Beirut are planning to add an additional 9 libraries throughout the city to this existing network.

The Network of Beirut Municipal Public Libraries


Isaaf Bldg, 3rd floor
Tel: 01-667 701
Mob: 70-484 626
Fax: 01-667 703
Opening hours:
Monday: 9am-1pm for prearranged school visits
Tuesday-Thursday: 9am-6pm
Friday: 9am-7pm
Saturday: 9am-5pm


Jesuit Garden,
Rmeyl- Geitawi
Tel/Fax: 01-562 677
Opening hours:
Monday: 9am-1pm for prearranged school visits
Tuesday-Friday: 9am-6pm
Saturday: 9am-5pm

St Joseph University Street
Next to Monnot theater,
Tel/Fax: 01-203 026
Opening hours:
Monday: 10am-1pm for prearranged school visits
Tuesday-Friday: 10am-6pm
Saturday: 10am- 1pm
What we do:

- We establish and manage Beirut’s Municipal Public Libraries.
- We coordinate and support a network of public libraries throughout Lebanon.
- We organize activities for people of all ages.
- We manage a Resource and Training Center addressed to experts in books and reading:librarians, teachers, authors, publishing houses, illustrators, activity coordinators, social workers, educators, volunteers, etc.
- We operate two mobile libraries that visit public schools in Beirut and its suburbs and organize a variety of activities related to books and reading for pupils of all ages
- We provide consultancy services to those working in libraries and to individuals and associations interested in establishing new libraries.
- We publish materials related to the establishment and management of public libraries.

How to support us!

There are many ways you can support ASSABIL and public libraries in Lebanon: by volunteering at the libraries, donating books, contributing money, getting involved in a project, etc.

If you are interested, please contact us at our offices in Ras el Nabeh!


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