The Centre was inaugurated in May 1998, with the aim of being a lending Library, a research resource, a lecture and performance arts venue and a publishing house for Sudan's written culture and history.
The Centre aims to co-operate closely with similar centres both locally and abroad and to provide students and researchers in all social and culture fields with all assistance possible such as computer and internet facilities, printing, photo copying and the like.
The Centre reaches out to the whole of the community embracing everybody without prejudice or favour, irrespective of religion, custom, politics or locality. "Unity through Diversity" was the late Abdelkarim Merghani's slogan extolling acceptance of each other's views and principles and belief in peaceful democratic co-existence and shunning partisanship and extremism.
May the Lord Bless this Institution and guide it in the right path to achieve its aims in advancing knowledge and enrich the life of the people in Sudan.
The Centre presently compromises two libraries one for children and the other for adults stocked with the cream of books on all subjects from Abbasids to Zoology. It has a respectable hall for lectures, debates, exhibitions, and theatrical and musical shows.