Despite their rapid economic and social development over the last
twenty years, no Arabian Gulf country has developed an effective
library system. At a comparatively early stage in their educational
development Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates
have each established their own universities. The libraries of these
universities house the largest collections of books and information in
the area as well as employing most of the available skilled manpower.
The services they provide however are inadequate and their role is seen
as being purely to serve the needs of the parent institution rather
than as forming part of a national information system. [Continues.]
A Master's Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Philosophy at Loughborough University.