QNL Digital Collections


Welcome to Qatar National Library's digital collections hub. Immerse yourself in Qatar's rich cultural heritage and scholarly resources, all available online and just a click away.

Qatar Digital Library

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Qatar Digital Library provides everyone, anywhere in the world, with free online access to a wealth of historical source materials on the politics, people, places, trade, culture and customs of the Gulf region and the wider Middle East. It includes archives, maps, manuscripts, audio recordings, photographs and much more, complete with contextualized explanatory notes and links, in both English and Arabic.
Click here to browse one of the world’s largest online repositories devoted to Middle Eastern history and culture.

QNL Digital Repository

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The QNL Digital Repository is a unique and growing collection which consists of rare and valuable Arabic manuscripts, archival documents, and early Arabic printed materials, such as books, journals, magazines and newspapers; books and periodicals in various European languages; and maps, atlases, globes, historical photographs, and instruments and tools related to exploration and travel.

Click here to discover some of the items digitized from the collections of our Heritage Library.

Aerial Photography Collection

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This archive contains more than 9,000 historical aerial photos of Qatar and some of its neighboring countries, taken by British or US military airplanes. The collection includes high resolution images from 55 flights taken between 1944 and 1983, with individual houses and neighborhoods visible.

Currently, the photos are available through Google Earth to the Library members only. Click here to view the browsing instructions. 

Manara - Qatar Research Repository

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Manara is an open repository for Qatar-based researchers to upload and share their research. It collects, preserves and provides access to a variety of research outputs, including datasets, open access publications, pre-prints of research articles, and non-traditional academic outputs.

Click here to learn more about Manara, and here to start browsing.

Online Resources

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QNL members have free access to online resources that cover a wide range of subject areas and age groups. You can download ebooks, audiobooks, academic papers, newspaper articles, magazines, and stream music and videos.

Visit our Online Resources homepage to find out more.