Library Projects

The Abdul Hameed Shoman Public Library is not an ordinary library. Its projects extend their reach to libraries and cultural projects globally and electronically.

Library Support Project - Jordan

In an effort to expand the services of the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation outside the city of Amman, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Public Library launched, in 1998, the Youth Library Support Project across Jordan’s different governorates. This was a part of a joint cooperation agreement concluded between the Foundation and a number of municipalities, in addition to many other projects and libraries, through which the Foundation cooperated with government, educational and civil society institutions. In this respect, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation contributes to providing the necessary requirements for these projects, as well as to helping in the development of human competencies within these libraries, along with ensuring their computerization.

Library Support Project - Palestine

In 1998, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation adopted the Library Support Project in Palestine. So far, 36 libraries benefited from this Project, of which 14 are affiliated to major municipalities which benefited annually therefrom. Hence, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation covers the costs of purchasing books and library materials in various fields of knowledge, selected by libraries from book fairs or local publishing houses. This support also includes the development of these libraries’ employees’ skills. Training workshops are held annually in Jordan on different subjects to help them develop their skills and knowledge.

Mobile Library Support Project

The Abdul Hameed Shoman Public Library has taken part in the management of the Children's Mobile Library, in collaboration with the Haya Cultural Center since mid-1998. In 2007, the Jordanian Ministry of Culture joined this Project. Mobile Library visits distant and remote areas in Jordan to provide library services, especially reading services for individuals who do not have access to libraries in major cities.

Jordanian Family Library Support Project

In order to spread and disseminate the reading culture among the Jordanian society’s members of all ages and in all governorates, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation has provided the Jordanian Family Library Project with required financial support since its launch in 2007, in partnership with the Jordanian Ministry of Culture, allowing the provision of the most important books at nominal prices for concerned stakeholders.

The Expanded Thesaurus Project “Maknaz”

The Expanded Thesaurus Project was launched in order to develop a comprehensive Arabic thesaurus, encompassing various knowledge fields, as most libraries and information centers in the Arab World show a lack thereof, serving as a basis for required information objective analysis.

In order to keep pace with occurring information technology developments, an agreement to develop an Arabic, trilingual expanded thesaurus (Arabic-English-French) was concluded in mid-1993 between the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, and Juma Al Majid Centre for Culture and Heritage in Dubai, UAE. The development of the Expanded Thesaurus occurred in several stages, starting from the publication of a paper version, followed by the development of an electronic edition compiled on CDs, prior to launching a web-based version, running on the Internet and encompassing about 52,000 terms.

For more information about the Expanded Thesaurus, or to receive trial periods or subscribe, please visit the official Expanded Thesaurus website on the following link: