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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Qatar National Library expands online offerings to residents



The under-construction Qatar National Library (QNL) has announced an expansion of its online resources, after striking a deal with science publisher Springer.

The tie-up means that any resident registered with the library can now access thousands of science-related journals free of charge.

The news calls attention to the fact that QNL already has an extensive collection of online resources available to residents, which includes free music libraries, magazine subscriptions and audio books, as well as bestsellers, classical works, and documentaries.

The library’s online offerings allow it to meet a need for open-access educational resources ahead of its opening date, which has now been pushed back to 2015, two years later than planned.

“We have managed to open a library digitally first, while other national libraries have been doing it the other way round,” Dr. Claudia Lux, Project Director of Qatar National Library, said in a statement.

“We consider that access of knowledge is very important for the business in the region and for the entire community.”

Any resident of Qatar can register with the library for free, although the process is not as streamlined as some might like. The first stage of the application process is online, but residents must still visit the QNL project office in person with proof of ID to receive access to the site. Full details of how to register can be found here.

The QNL, a Qatar Foundation project, has been designed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. QNL’s website has a live webcam showing construction progress.

Have you tried out the online service? Thoughts?


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Ivan Brendieswski
Ivan Brendieswski
7 years ago

Sounds very beneficial to residents to me, now let’s see if it is well publicized so that full use can be made of it.

7 years ago

it seems like registration is an awful hassle

7 years ago

The Qatar National Library has the potential to make a big impact on knowledge-sharing in Qatar. The key to success will be generating enthusiasm and participation from residents. I hope they get some good, well-publicized programs in place to do this–especially programs aimed at children. Otherwise it will be just another shiny new building.

7 years ago

Where are all the people (and cars) on this nice picture ?

7 years ago
Reply to  KK

They’re all still stuck in West Bay traffic.

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