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With more than one million print books in our collections, along with hundreds of thousands of ebooks, it can be hard to figure out where to begin. In this section, we’ll regularly take a deeper dive into the Library’s collections to learn a bit more, including exploring history through the items in our Heritage Library. We’ll also feature other topics that explore various aspects of our Library. All of the items linked below are either available for members to check out or viewable online. Enjoy!

Even in this unprecedented time, the Library is still serving young adults in our community, providing educational support for these unique circumstances. Under the supervision of Ahmed AlMalki, Head of the Young Adults’ Library, the department offers many services, facilities and resources that you can explore both in the Library or online.

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When Frank Hickinbotham worked as the British Political Agent in Kuwait in the 1940s, he struggled with boredom and isolation. The records of his personal purchases detail the importance of books in combatting the monotony, and his choices offer an insight into the role of reading as a response to his situation.

More than 75 million children and young adults are in urgent need of educational support in 35 crisis-affected countries. This is a staggering statistic, particularly since those affected are already among the most vulnerable due to political, economic and social circumstances.

A healthy blend of excitement and nervousness in just the right balance is in their felt by children and parents alike. New avenues appear, milestones are set, doors to imagination open and opportunities galore.

The world as we know it has changed and normal has a different definition. Nonetheless, what we do best is adapt and continue to adjust to what is placed before us.

Soon things will go back to where we left them, and it will be time to press the play button.

Johann Sebastian Bach, born 21 March 1685 in Eisenach, modern-day Germany, is considered one of the greatest classical composers. That lofty status would have come as a surprise to his contemporaries, since at the time of his death in 1750, Bach’s musical style was seen as outdated and he had little influence.

Many literary and historical texts from the Persian and Ottoman periods, such as Shahnameh, Eskandar-nāma, Nizami Ganjavi and others, have miniatures depicting the Holy Kaaba. This miniature is from a Persian manuscript, most likely the classic poem “Laila and the Madman,” by Nizami, about the famous love story of Qays ibn al-Mulawwa  and Laila. In the poem, Qays is advised by his father to ask God to spare him from suffering by circling the Kaaba and eagerly holding the Kaaba’s door ring.

This is one of the most important charts in Qatar’s cartographic history. It marks the re-emergence of the Qatar peninsula on commercially made maps after a 227-year absence. The Qatar place names of Zubarah (“Zebarra”), Khor Hassan (“Koor Hufsan”) and Ras Rakan (“Ras Reccan”) can be found on the chart.


This is an autographed letter from T.E. Lawrence to Robin Buxton addressing issues related to the funding of the 1926 subscriber’s edition of The Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Buxton was Lawrence’s financial adviser and helped him through the process of publishing The Seven Pillars.

Alfred Julien Beneyton (d. 1948)


This photo album was compiled by French engineer Alfred Julien Beneyton, who accomplished two survey missions in Yemen, the first between 1909 and 1910 and the second in 1911. Beneyton, a member of the French Geographical Society, was tasked with assessing the prospects for the construction of a narrow-gauge railway, which would run from Al-Hudaydah on the coast to inland Sana’a.

In the last three decades, Qatar has witnessed deep and comprehensive social and economic transformation and wide-ranging development in various fields, most obviously in nationwide urban growth.  The country’s infrastructure has been substantially upgraded, from cultural institutions such as museums, libraries and universities to critical facilities like hospitals, industrial areas, airports, ports and stadiums.