Abdul Hameed Shoman Public Library was established in 1986 in concordance with the objectives of Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation, which espouse support for scientific research, institution of a modern library that would include various sources of information in different branches of knowledge, and making these sources available to researchers and reading public. The Library was officially opened on 8/1/1986.
In line with the Foundation’s conviction of the significance of the use of technology, Library operations and functions have been automated since its commencement, and thus became one of the leading computerized libraries in Jordan. The Library adopted the method of subjective indexing and analysis in its treatment of acquired material, basing this choice on an international classification system, which is Dewey Decimal Classification System, Anglo-American cataloguing rules and the Expanded Thesaurus.
To keep abreast of developments in information, the Library has subscription to many data bases that include thousands of periodicals in all branches of knowledge, most of which contain full texts, in addition to acquiring a decent collection of CDs and audiovisual cassettes. It also offers free Internet access to its users. The Library offers individual or family subscriptions to Jordanians, Arab, and foreign nationals in Jordan, as well as institution subscription to Jordanian and other institutions in the country. Subscriptions of various types are unlimited in duration and are given for a symbolic insurance fee, which is returned to the subscriber once subscription is canceled, thus it is actually a free subscription.
As cooperation and reciprocity among libraries are deemed significant by the Foundation, the Library maintains exchange relations with many libraries and scientific and cultural centers on the local, Arab and international levels. The Library regularly grants collections of books to nascent libraries all over the Kingdom and holds various training courses in library operations for individuals and institutions.
Perhaps one of the most important achievements in this regard is the Library’s support for the establishment and development of libraries in a number of the Kingdom’s governorates in cooperation with municipalities, and the support given to libraries in Palestine in cooperation with municipalities of its major cities; in addition to operating a mobile library that tours the various areas of the Kingdom, in cooperation with Haya Cultural Center.
Considering the position it has attained, the Library was designated in early 2002 by the International Monetary Fund as depository for the Fund’s paper publications, and at the end of the same year, as depository for the Fund’s data bases.