Qatar National Library
Qatar National Library (QNL) acts as a steward of Qatar’s national heritage by collecting, preserving, and making available the country’s recorded history. In its role as a research library with a preeminent heritage library, the Library fosters and promotes greater global insight into the history and culture of the Gulf region. As a public library, the QNL provides equal access for all of Qatar’s residents to an environment that supports creativity, independent decision-making, and cultural development. Through all its functions, QNL provides leadership to the country’s library and cultural heritage sector.
The Library also supports Qatar’s transition from a reliance on natural resources to become a diversified and sustainable economy by providing support to students, researchers, and the public to promote lifelong learning and empower individuals and communities for a better future.
In addition to full-text online resources, the Library currently has more than one million books in its collections, along with more than 500,000 e-books, periodicals and newspapers, and special collections.
The Library project was announced on 19 November 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation. The Library was granted the status of national library under the Amiri Decree No.11 on March 20, 2018.