English free digital library launched by the British Council in Saudi Arabia on Monday; in partnership with UNESCO Regional Centre for Quality and Excellence in Education.
This new resource will also provide people in the Kingdom with unlimited access to thousands of entertainment content and academic resources; including some of the best UK movies, books, newspapers and more.
With the beginning of another school term, this online digital library also aims to support English learners and students with free resources that can help improve their language skills; including online study resources, popular eBooks and audiobooks.
Eilidh Kennedy McLean, director, British Council Saudi Arabia said: "We are also delighted to be able to partner with the UNESCO Regional Centre for Quality and Excellence in Education to launch the British Council Digital Library. After a challenging 2020 it is great to start the year with the launch of the Digital Library which includes some of the best online resources in one place.
"The Digital Library allows us to share some of the world's best literature; information on current affairs; educational and professional development resources; as well as opportunities for cultural engagement.
"The United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have many shared interests, including education and culture. We also hope through this new, fantastic, free resource to share the joys of reading, learning and culture. It also has something for everyone; from Marvel to The Economist, to live music concerts, academic journals and professional development tools."
Also speaking about this new Digital Library was Dr. Abdulrahman Almedaires, the director general of the UNESCO Regional Centre for Quality and Excellence in Education. He said: "Our mission in RCQE is to enhance education quality and excellence in the Arab world through different tools; including knowledge dissemination and supporting regional relevant efforts.
"The launch of this significant and resourceful digital library comes as a result of our continued cooperation and strategic partnership with the British council to enhance and promote education quality."
Dr. Almedaires highlighted that because we live in an increasingly digital world, there's a greater need for online electronic books and resources.
He said: "The consequences and implications of COVID-19 pandemic on the world and particularly on education revealed the need for innovative approaches to learning.
"Accordingly, we are very delighted to be a key partner in facilitating access to this free resourceful digital library to provide knowledge as well as skills to all learners in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Most importantly, launching this digital library comes in line with the orientation of Saudi Vision 2030 targeting the promotion of knowledge economy".