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First-of-its-kind Qatar National Library to open doors to public next month

The Qatar National Library (QNL) will officially open doors to the public in Education City on 7th November, thereby offering residents access to more than one million books, periodicals and special collections, including the much acclaimed Heritage Collection.

When the building opens, the current members of QNL can pick-up a membership card, while those who are not yet registered can do so by presenting their Qatar ID.
The QNL will open doors for the first time in November, and the local community will get their first chance to use the vast building and resources, while a complete range of exhibitions and services would be launched at the official inauguration ceremony in 2018.

QNL is a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, and it is destined to become one of the world’s pre-eminent centres of learning, research, and culture. It is also a guardian of the region’s heritage, as an institution promoting discovery and human development, in-line with Qatar National Vision 2030, and the UN’s Global Sustainable Development Goals.

Designed by renowned Dutch architect, Rem Koolhaas, and located in Education City, QNL is the first new national library to open anywhere in the world in this millennium. The facility was founded in 2012 by HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of QF, and  was under planning over the past five years.
Spanning 45,000sqm, the building is completely accessible to visitors with special needs, and features several custom-designed innovations, including an automatic book sorting system, a people mover system, various interactive media walls, self-check-in/out machines, which make borrowing books easier for visitors.

The QNL is aimed to be a public space, where people of all age groups can come to learn, reflect, engage and be inspired, said Dr. Sohair Wastawy, Executive Director, QNL.

Located in the centre of QNL building, the Heritage Collection includes rare and valuable texts and manuscripts related to Arabic and Islamic civilisation. Apart from Arabic manuscripts, historical maps and globes, scientific instruments and early photography, the collection contains writings by travellers who explored the Arabian Gulf region over the centuries.

QNL also features a dedicated Children’s Library with more than 150,000 books in English, French, Arabic, German and other languages, offering early literacy programmes and workshops for families to develop reading skills from an early age. The children’s library also houses educational toys, arts and craft materials, and innovative learning software, and its own team of dedicated children’s librarians.
Meanwhile, the Teen Collection for age 13 to 18 years includes more than 30,000 books, magazines, computer labs, graphic novels, interactive learning tools, and specially designed event space. This section also includes school and college curriculum textbooks for students preparing for exams like ACT and SAT.

Young visitors can make use of these study spaces, writing centre, computer labs and Innovation Station offering a variety of creative tools like 3D printers, sound recording and editing, and musical instruments.

Posted on 11/10/2017

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