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Director’s Welcome

Welcome to the Qatar National Library’s website!

In a time, when the information society is crucial to a country’s development, libraries with their combined real and digital services are the spearheads of this development. Qatar National Library (QNL) has set its vision to be one of the world's preeminent centers of learning, research, and culture; a guardian of the region’s heritage and an institution that promotes discovery and the nourishment of the human spirit. In this way, QNL is meant to be the knowledge hub of Qatar.

Qatar National Library will
  • Collect and give access to all published material – print or digital - from Qatar and about Qatar
  • Preserve Qatar’s heritage collections for the future
  • Become the backbone of science and research in Qatar
  • Provide public library services and support the library network of the country
Qatar National Library - based on Qatar’s tradition of Dar Al Kutub, the first public library in the Gulf Region founded on 29. December 1962 - will serve everybody from world-class researchers looking for high specialized scientific articles to the general public enjoying listening to music or watching videos. The new building of Qatar National Library in Education City is designed by star architect Rem Koolhaas. A landscape of knowledge will be displayed to the visitors, a childrens library, gaming section, heritage exhibition and a vast amount of books and journals in printed, and digital format. Music and film collections will be presented to the public and students and researchers will have unlimited possibilities to use the digital collection in the library.

This website opens two years before the library building can be used in reality. It already gives an outlook to what will happen, our currently available services, and will provide monthly news about the progress towards opening. You are invited to try out our virtual library, ask questions to our reference librarians, to comment and make suggestions so we will do better every day.

Hope to see you in our community pages in the near future.


Dr. Sohair Wastawy
Executive Director
Qatar National Library
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