About Qatar National Library
Qatar National Library (QNL) is a non-profit organization under the umbrella of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development. QNL is supporting Qatar in its journey from a carbon-based to a knowledge-based economy by providing resources to students, educators, researchers and the wider community in Qatar. The project was announced on 19 November 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development.
QNL carries out its mission through three functions; National Library, University and Research Library, and a Metropolitan Public Library of the digital age.
The National Library collects and provides access to global knowledge that is especially relevant to Qatar and the region. It also collects, preserves, and provides access to heritage content and materials about the nation and the wider region.
The University and Research Library supports education and research at all levels by providing printed and digital library materials for students and researchers in various fields.
The Metropolitan Public Library delivers library services and facilities where visitors can socialize, enjoy reading, meet people and become information-literate.
In line with the library’s vision of bridging with knowledge Qatar’s and the Arab and Islamic world’s heritage and future, QNL engages in forging high-level international partnerships. These partnerships enhance the library’s ability to provide and share significant resources pertaining to the rich culture and history of the region.
Qatar National Library: A Modern Facility
The 45,000 square meters state-of-the-art library building is designed to encourage visitors to explore the progression of knowledge from the past to the present. The overall architecture of the building symbolizes the vision of QNL, which is “Bridging with knowledge Qatar’s and the Arab and Islamic world’s heritage and future”.
The Library will also host facilities that cater to the needs of all age groups and demographics of Qatar’s society, designed for individual or group study, and for research. The building will host a restaurant, a café, and a special events area that will serve as a meeting place for like-minded individuals.
The building is designed to achieve a balance between content availability and accessibility, on the one hand, and content preservation and security, on the other. To achieve these twin aims, the Library building houses the following:
Cutting-edge technology will be a prominent element of the building, which will ensure the optimum experience for library visitors. This technology will include:
Qatar National Library: Supporting Open Access
The QNL plays a key role in supporting open access in Qatar by providing:
Qatar National Library: Outreach
The QNL currently organizes various social engagement and outreach programs, targeting a range of age demographics within Qatar’s population, including children, teenagers, school and university students, academics, and researchers. These programs include:
Qatar National Library's Partners and Stakeholders
Qatar National Library is a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.
As QNL continues on its mission to bridge Qatar’s and the Arab and Islamic world's past and present through knowledge, it remains supported by:
Key National Partners and Stakeholders:
Key International Partners:
For more information on QNL, please visit www.qnl.qa.