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.
Horsemanship has always been a cherished sport in Qatar, reflecting the region’s pride in its Arab and Islamic equine traditions. Learning about the country’s rich equine legacy is one of the many ways the people of Qatar can celebrate National Sport Day, and there is no better reference on the sport than the Qatar Digital Library (QDL), which houses thousands of digital manuscripts and books on horse-riding and equine medicine written in the golden age of Islamic civilization.