Innovation Station

The Innovation Station is a dedicated space within Qatar National Library that fosters creativity, inspiration, collaboration, and engagement. It will serve as a hub for innovators, artists, musicians, creators, and learners to express themselves.

Offering free access to different creative areas for all users, it consists of a 3D printing and scanning section, recording studio and videography/photography room with equipment for digital design, music instruments, virtual reality accessories, do-it-yourself (DIY) electronics which is a self-base project, and much more. Come to our Innovation Station to learn about new technologies and share your creative ideas and imagination!

 

3D Printing

Equipment:

  • Ultimaker 3- 3D printer
  • Ultimaker +
  • DaVinci 3D printing Pen
  • Digitizer-Desktop 3D Scanner

Software:

OpenScad, Sketch Up, MakerWare, 123Design

Videography/Photography/Design

Equipment:

  • 27’’ iMac workstations
  • Canon VIXIA HF R6000 Full HD Camcorder
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR Camera
  • Canon Power Shot SX 710 HS Digital Camera
  • Kodak Pix Pro SP 360 Camera
  • Reflector Panels

Software:

Camtasia Studio, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Suite

Audio Editing

Equipment:

  • 27” iMac and PC workstations
  • Apogee Quartet Audio Interface
  • Zoom H2n Handy Recorder
  • Polsen OLM- 20 Dual Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone

Software:

FL Software, DJ RecordBox, Sibelius 8

Courses and Activities

There will be a wide variety of courses offered in the Innovation Station to get you started on your creative ideas and projects. Frequency, timings and dates will vary, so follow the library’s calendar for updates. 

3D Printing:

  • Introduction to 3D printing Software: This course will offer tips and tricks on how to use 3D printing software properly and how to prepare your 3D file for printing
  • 3D Design for Adults

Videography/Photography/Design:

  • Introduction to Digital Design
  • Photoshop for Beginners
  • Advanced Photoshop
  • Introduction to Video Editing Workshop
  • Green Screen for Beginners
  • Intro to Digital Photography
  • Intro to Virtual Reality - experience virtual reality in a simple, fun, and affordable way
  • RASPBERRY PI 3 getting started – Patrons will learn the basic coding and how to develop and turn other equipment and material into gaming console.

Other Activities:

  • Lego Challenge – calling all Lego lovers to come and create, build, and show your skills in building an inspirational concept. We will provide a new challenge every time.
  • STEM Academy – Are you interested in finding out what Arduinos, and Makey Makey are? Come and learn how these electronics can change your thoughts.

Music Studio

The Innovation Station has one music studio where QNL members can record professional quality music audio and video. The studio is equipped with the following musical instruments and production software and equipment:

Musical instruments:

  • 3 portable keyboards (Yamaha PSR-E443)
  • 1 acoustic electric guitar (Yamaha CPX700II)
  • 1 electric guitar (Yamaha RSP20CR Rusty Rat)
  • 1 bass guitar (Yamaha BBNE2)
  • 1 silent guitar (Yamaha SLG200N)
  • Selection of effect pedals and processors
  • 1 electronic drum kit (Yamaha DTP582)
  • 1 violin (Yamaha Standard Model AV5, size 4/4)
  • 1 silent electric violin (Yamaha SV-130)
  • 10 ukuleles (Rogue)
  • 3 ouds
  • 7 neys
  • 1 darbuka
  • A selection of supplies such as music stands, cables, headphones and more

Music production software:

  • Ableton Live 9
  • Sibelius 8
  • A selection of iTunes apps for music production such as GarageBand, JamUp Pro, BeatMaker 2, Audiobus

Music production equipment:

  • Behringer Q802USB 8-Channel Mixer
  • FX2000 Eff­ects Processor
  • Ableton Push 2
  • IK Multimedia iRig Keys Pro full-sized 37-key MIDI Controller
  • Novation Launchkey Mini 25-Note USB Keyboard Controller
  • CAD U37 USB Studio Condenser Recording Microphone
  • Behringer XM8500 Dynamic Cardioid Vocal Microphone
  • Pioneer XDJ-RX Rekordbox DJ System
  • Singtrix Party Bundle Home Karaoke System

Other Equipment

Additional equipment that will be available in the Innovation Station include:

  • Makey - Makey Kit
  • Arduino Ultimate Starter
  • Raspberry PI 3
  • Google Cardboard
  • Ozzobots Kit
  • Chibitronics Light Circuit Stickers Stem Starter Kit
  • Snap Circuit Extreme Electronics Training Program