All Events

Heritage Library's Permanent Exhibition
Heritage Library Exhibition Area
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Qatar National Library (QNL) invites you to visit its Heritage Library's permanent exhibition.
Data Visualization Digital Exhibition: Information is Beautiful
Interactive screens near the Teens Area
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We cordially invite you to visit our first digital exhibition entitled "Information is Beautiful".
1918: War is Over (Exhibition)
Main Plaza
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To honor the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the Library is proud to host the exhibition '1918: War is Over,' with the French Embassy to Qatar and the French Institute of Doha. The exhibition includes rare items from the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum.
World through Picture Books Exhibition
Young Adults Area
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The World Through Picture Books is a collection of the best children's books from around the world, selected by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). Qatar National Library is proud to partner with IFLA in organizing this event, which is being held for the first time in the Middle East and celebrates the importance of children's books in the development of children’s early learning skills, knowledge of their cultural and linguistic identity, and understanding of ideas and diversity. To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, we will deliver a presentation that highlights the achievements of the Library since its opening.
Robotics Competition
Main Plaza
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The Library will host one of the most important and largest regional and international science competitions. Over two days, more than 300 students from schools in Qatar will design and program robots to perform specific tasks:
Book Club for the Blind
Information Literacy Instruction Room
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In this month's session of Book Club for the Blind, we will discuss The Giver, by Lois Lowry. The novel tells the story of a young boy tasked with receiving his repressive society's memories and emotions. The audiobook is available in the Overdrive database at www.qnl.qa. Non-visually impaired readers are welcome to participate.
Talking About Illness: Why It Is Difficult and Why It Is Valuable
Auditorium
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Internationally known Canadian author and professor of sociology Dr. Arthur Frank will discuss how and why we talk about—or avoid talking about—chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cancer, obesity and genetic diseases. Dr. Frank's own life-changing experiences surviving a heart attack and cancer caused him to reflect on the stories that people create to explain and communicate their trauma, doubt and pain. His book, The Wounded Story Teller, explores the kinds of traditional story types that disease sufferers often adopt such as "The Restitution Narrative," "The Chaos Narrative" and the "Quest Narrative." These can be found both in ancient and modern literature and in everyday life. His talk will be valuable for anyone who has been seriously ill or who has a sick loved one and who has struggled with explaining or understanding their sickness. The event will conclude with a “Hope Stories” talk by the Qatar Cancer Society.
Learn How to Search and Locate Library Resources (AR)
Computer Lab
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Through a series of hands-on activities, you'll learn about the Library's wide range of collections and information sources, as well as how to use the catalog to help you search more efficiently.
Learn How to Search and Locate Library Resources (EN)
Computer Lab
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Through a series of hands-on activities, you'll learn about the Library's wide range of collections and information sources, as well as how to use the catalog to help you search more efficiently.
'Do Not Touch Me' with Zainab Al Mahmoud
Multipurpose room (Children’s library)
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Children should know their rights and how to stand up for themselves. In support of Universal Children's Day, Zainab Al Mahmoud of the Protection and Social Rehabilitation Center will teach children and parents about their rights and what to do if those rights are being violated.