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World Digital Library

World Digital Library

The World Digital Library is a free and growing Internet available collection of significant cultural treasures from countries and cultures all over the world. These digitized cultural treasures include photographs, books, manuscripts, maps, audio recordings and films amongst others. The database is searchable in 7 languages: Arabic, English, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish and Portugese via an easy to use interface that enables browsing by place, time, topic, type of item and contributing institution, or by an open-ended search.

The World Digital Library has been created for use by students, scholars and members of the public. It is a UNESCO program led by the US Library of Congress in partnership with libraries all over the world. The National Library Qatar Foundation is one of a number of Library members from Arabic/Islamic countries who contribute content. The Qatar Foundation is a major financial sponsor of the World Digital Library.

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‘Books - Made In Qatar’ Returns With Illustrators’ Workshop


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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