Professor Yahia bin Junaid was born in Makkah Al-Mukarramah in 1947. He graduated from the Department of Arabic Language and Literature at the College of Arts, King Saud University in Riyadh (1969), obtained an MA in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Missouri in the USA (1976) and Ph.D. in Library Sciences and Documentation from Cairo University (1983).
Professor Bin Junaid is a writer and scholar of Islamic libraries, a professor of Library Science at Imam Mohammad bin Saud Islamic University and former Head Librarian of King Fahd Library in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He is the editor-in-chief of Alam Al-Makhtotat (World of Manuscripts), a literary Arabic periodical, member of editorial boards of Al-Faisal and Ad-Dara and consultant editor of Diri’ya magazines.
Professor bin Junaid has authored numerous articles and books in his field of specialization. Of particular importance is his book: Endowment and the Structure of the Arabic library, a highly definitive study into the role of endowments in the evolution of libraries and enhancement of education and culture in the Islamic world over ten centuries.
Bin Junaid served as a Member of the Saudi Consultative Council from 1997 to 2000 and is currently the Secretary-General of King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies and Member of the Board of Directors of King Fah National Library.