Qatar National Library (QNL) opened in 2018. The establishment of the library is a continuation of the Qatari government’s commitment to promote education and pivot to a knowledge-based economy. With its prominent universities such as Qatar University and Hamad Bin Khalifa University, the peninsular country has become a leading hub of research and education in the Middle East. QNL adds to the prestigious list of educational and cultural institutions.
Qatar National Library is located in Doha’s Education City, home of the campuses of some of the world’s leading universities. The project of establishing a national library was announced in 2012. The grand opening ceremony was held on 16th April 2018. With over one million books and 500,000 digital editions, QNL now has the largest collection in the Middle East.
The library’s state of the art building was designed by world-renowned architect Rem Koolhaas. The 45,000-square-meter building provides a community space for exchange of ideas and learning. It also features a 120-seat auditorium for special events. The mission of Qatar National Library is to preserve the nation’s and region’s heritage and enable the people of Qatar to positively influence society by creating an exceptional environment for learning and discovery.
Despite the illegal blockade imposed on Qatar, Qatar National Library was able to increase its collection to have the largest in the area. Since its opening, QNL has collaborated with libraries outside the region and has hosted over 1,000 events, many featuring authors and scholars from Europe and North America.