About the Library

Qatar National Library’s management and planning office is pleased to welcome you to the library’s website. Staff is currently preparing for the National Library’s opening in a spectacular library building designed by the renowned architect Rem Koolhaas.

Qatar National Library (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 function collects and provides access to global knowledge relevant to Qatar and the region. It also collects, preserves, and provides access to heritage content and materials about Qatar and the region. The University and Research Library function supports education and research at all levels by providing printed and digital library materials for students and researchers. Metropolitan Public Library delivers library services and information for everyone to enjoy reading, meet people, and become information literate.

Included in QNL’s facilities will be a variety of collaborative and individual learning spaces, a Children's Library, 300 public computer workstations, digital media production facilities, performance spaces, a café, an adaptive technology center, Writing Center and Tutoring Center, and more.

In addition to full-text databases, we are planning for 1.2 million books, 500,000 ebooks, periodicals and newspapers, and special collections. The renowned Heritage Colelction was integrated with the library in the summer of 2011. Our qualified librarians are experts in teaching, research skills, literacy, programs, and knowledge management. Combining all these skills together with QNL’s strong service ethic, there will be much for the local community to do, learn, and discover.

Qatar National Library (QNL) is a non-profit organization under the umbrella of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF). QNL is supporting Qatar in its journey from carbon-based economy to knowledge-based economy by providing resources to students, researchers, and the community in Qatar. It was announced in November 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.

QNL is currently offering free online access to a vast collection of online resources, including the latest bestsellers, classical works, concerts, top academic journals and documentaries.

Qatar National Library’s registered members can currently access a complete list of online resources through: http://www.qnl.qa/find-answers/online-resources. Anyone who lives in Qatar and has a valid Qatari ID/Residence Permit is eligible for free library registration.

To register, please visit: https://library.qnl.qa/selfreg
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‘Books - Made In Qatar’ Returns With Illustrators’ Workshop

16/04/17

Qatar National Library (QNL), in collaboration with Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU Press), and the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region, has launched the second workshop of the ‘Books - Made in Qatar’ initiative. The workshop is dedicated to the development of Qatari illustrators and is being organized as part of the official Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture program.

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Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra Concert Experience Enriched Through Curated Playlists

03/04/17

Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO) and Qatar National Library (QNL) have collaborated to curate playlists that can be streamed for free by all residents of Qatar, who have a membership with QNL, through the Naxos Music Library’s online database.

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