Academic and research libraries play an integral role in the further development of UAE’s knowledge economy. eFADA has been established by Ankabut to enhance the education and research resources available to stimulate UAE’s knowledge economy. This Consortium enables the United Arab Emirates academic and research libraries to create and sustain a rich and diverse knowledge environment that supports teaching, learning, and research through the sharing of resources, expertise and programs.

This goal will be achieved through several initiatives, which includes establishing a shared union catalog with delivery of physical objects among institutions, engaging in cooperative collection development and developing a national digital institutional repository for archiving and disseminating faculty and research output, along with developing a Consortium purchasing method for e-resources.

The outcome will lead to savings in the cost of e-resources, expansion of resources available and sharing expertise to promote cost effective, customer driven services. eFADA seeks to harness the power of information and knowledge to contribute to the continued development of UAE society.


The vision of the Consortium is to advance the UAE knowledge economy through economic management and development of knowledge resources in education and research sector. Through shared resources, collaborations in purchasing, and collective publication of scholarly and research output, UAE’s education and research sector will make significant contributions in a global context.


The mission of the Consortium is to create and provide access to a shared knowledge environment that supports the teaching, learning and research goals of its members.

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Mrs. Ibtisam Al Naqbi