Blog Posts

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 in the posts are either available for members to check out or viewable online. Enjoy!

On 2 April every year, the world come together to raise awareness about Autism and to help improve the quality of life of those with Autism. As Qatar National Library aims to be one of the world's preeminent centers of learning, it fosters an inclusive learning environment that caters to diverse groups of people. People with Autism are one of these vital groups who we value and support through our Library services, events, and programs.

The history of mankind has witnessed many outbreaks of plagues, epidemics and pandemics.

On March 14, we wish a happy 142nd birthday to Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955), one of the most famous physicists and scientists in history. Born in Germany, Einstein showed an incredible aptitude for math and physics at a young age, and taught himself calculus at age 12. But after completing university, he was unable to find a teaching position, and instead took a post as a patent examiner in Switzerland.

As the COVID-19 vaccine continues to roll out in Qatar and around the world, let’s take a quick journey through the history of vaccines. The first recorded use of intentionally infecting someone with a disease in the hopes of inducing immunity dates to 10th-century China, when people inhaled smallpox material—a process called “variolation.”

Calligrapher: ‘Abd Allāh al-Zuhdi (d. 1879)
Egypt, early to mid-1920s

In celebration of Qatar National Day, the Children’s Library hosted a creative writing challenge in Arabic and English. Read the full description of the writing challenge here. If your children are interested in story writing, this post is a starting point for resources to inspire them, help them shape their ideas about the story they want to tell and guide them as they write.

Hilya Inside a Bottle

Calligrapher: Muḥammad Shihāb al-Dīn

Ottoman, 1219 AH/1804 CE

Hilya, meaning “decoration” or “adornment,” denotes both a literary genre and a type of calligraphic composition dedicated to the traditional description of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), based on hadith accounts. The descriptions portray the Prophet as remarkably graceful, attractive and intelligent, but distinctly human, not divine.

Being close to our children has given us many skills, opened many doors to us and offered us many opportunities to make their lives full of fun, warmth, learning and knowledge.

Our celebration of this year's Qatar National Day will be in a new fashion. We will celebrate with our children at home and in doing so, we can enhance their identity, enrich their knowledge, refine their skills and answer their questions.

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.