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!

Have you decided yet which college or university you’ll go to next year? Though many students believe that looking for the right institution or course can be exhausting, it’s never too early to start thinking about the next steps, particularly if you’re thinking about studying overseas. There are many considerations that a student must take into account in order to become successful with their university plans. With the pandemic going on, a face-to-face college fair is unlikely to happen anytime soon.

Each month in 2021, we’ll highlight an Arab-American person or topic of interest, to mark the Qatar-US Year of Culture 2021. Keep an eye on our blog, as well as on the Library’s Events page, to learn more about our celebration of this rich and historical relationship.

Ramadan is a time for reflection about Islam and what it means to be Muslim. Though some answers can only be found from within, you can enhance your understanding of Islam, its history and its practices through the Library’s online collection of ebooks and audiobooks. We have numerous items in both Arabic and English that can help you on your journey this Ramadan, which you can access through the Online Resources page on our website.

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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.