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Visit the impressive Qatar National Library

Light and air mark the modernist Qatar National Library, where every book is visible.

Qatar National Library

The Qatar National Library is a futuristic storytelling facility that is recognized by UNESCO, and serves the purpose of not only being a national library, but a research-level university and digital library as well. With access to over a million books the QNL effortlessly allows you to dive into the history of Qatar and learn more about its people, culture and heritage. 

How to get there?

  • The museum is accessible by car

    Park in the Ceremonial Court parking lot and take a shuttle to the library.

  • The station to get off for the Qatar National Library is the Msheireb or Al Bidda Interchange; continue on the Green line towards the QNL station. 

Qatar National Library

Address

Education City Qatar, District of Freedom, Al Luqta St

Phone

+974 4454 0100

Website

https://www.qnl.qa/en

Designed by Rem Koolhaas, the diamond shaped exterior of the library belies its spacious interior, which prioritizes light and visibility. The bookshelves themselves are an integral part of the building, rising out of the floor and blending into the architecture.  Innovative technologies are seamlessly integrated throughout the building, enhancing accessibility and efficiency.

Highlights of your visit

  • Heritage library

  • Innovation stations

  • The digitization laboratory

Designed by Rem Koolhaas, the diamond shaped exterior of the library belies its spacious interior, which prioritizes light and visibility. The bookshelves themselves are an integral part of the building, rising out of the floor and blending into the architecture.  Innovative technologies are seamlessly integrated throughout the building, enhancing accessibility and efficiency.

The Heritage Library has a vast collection of rare documents and manuscripts, books and periodicals in several European languages.  It also showcases early Arabic materials, including manuscripts, atlases and historical photographs. Some of the rarest books date from the 15th century, the earliest days of the printing press.  With over one million books, and more than 500,000 e-books, QNL’s automated book sorting system allows patrons to easily access titles, while a vast array of activities and services offer a rounded learning and community experience. 

Witness the wonders of the Arab-Islamic world through its manuscripts, housed in the Heritage Library 

QNL provides an environment that fosters learning, play and innovation.  Tools and equipment are provided at the library’s Innovation Stations, catering to a dizzying array of activities and interests - videography, photography, design, sound editing and 3D printing.  A music studio and STEM focused products further promote learning through doing.  With an avowed focus on preserving important cultural and historical items, QNL contains a dedicated Conservation and Preservation Laboratory which restores items in the Heritage Library, whilst climate-controlled display cases help preserve them.  The Digitization Laboratory digitizes items from QNL and other collections, making them available to scholars worldwide. 

The Library has numerous facilities for individual and group collaboration, research and study. These include:

  • An assistive technology room with 16 computer stations with cutting-edge hardware and software
  • A dedicated space for young adults
  • A 686-square-meter Children’s Library
  • 4-room Innovation Station
  • 2 instruction rooms
  • A computer lab
  • 8 group study rooms
  • 28 individual study carrels
  • 3 media viewing rooms
  • 26 large interactive screens and 465 computers
  • A 200-seat Special Events Area with lights, an LED screen, speakers and noise-dampening curtains
  • A 120-seat auditorium
  • A restaurant and a café

Education City is a destination in and of itself, particularly for architecture lovers.  With a number of satellite campuses for internationally recognized universities, a walk through the area is especially rewarding. From the Education City Mosque and Quranic Botanic Gardens, to the Ceremonial Court where students convocate, beautifully designed structures await.  To witness the evolution of the Arab realm through its art, head to MATHAF The Arab Museum of Modern Art, home to one of the largest collections of modern Arab art.  To see living heritage, Al Shaqab Equestrian Centre showcases Arabian horses, with a breeding centre, stables and more.  

Useful information

Address

Education City Qatar, District of Freedom, Al Luqta St

Opening times

Saturday-Thursday:

8:00 am- 10:00 am

10:30 am- 2:30 pm

3:30 pm -8:00 pm

Friday: Closed

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