May 16, 2022

Qatar National Library Marks First Anniversary

From Gulf Times:

More than a million books have been borrowed from Qatar National Library (QNL) since its opening and most of those books were on psychology, economics, engineering and management information systems.

QNL, which on Tuesday marks the first anniversary of its official opening, currently has 139,551 registered members.

“Over the past year, we welcomed 738,636 visitors and QNL caters to the needs of people of all ages and educational and cultural backgrounds,” Dr Sohair Wastawy, executive director, QNL, told Gulf Times.


The Qatar Digital Library, which is an important outcome of a partnership with the British Library, is providing free access to more than 1.5mn digitised pages of Qatar’s and the region’s history.

The Digital Library will continue to add almost 1mn pages of material from partners in Turkey, France, the Netherlands, India and the UK.

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