Qatar National Library
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The new Qatar National Library is scheduled to open in 2014 at Education City, Qatar.
On November 19, 2012, the new Qatar National Library was announced during a ceremony that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Dar Al Kutub, the first public library in the Gulf Region, which was founded on December 29, 1962 in Doha, Qatar.
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development is a private, chartered, nonprofit organization, founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Amir of the State of Qatar. QF is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the wife of the Amir.
With a new building designed by renowned architect Rem Koolhaas, the library’s mission will be to spread knowledge, nurture imagination, cultivate creativity, and preserve the nation’s heritage for the future.
One of the main tasks of the library will be to facilitate the development of skills that will enable residents to participate in the global knowledge economy. A broad range of educational and instructional programs and services will focus on information literacy, early literacy, research skills, and using digital resources. Qatar National Library will also collect and give access to all published material, whether print or digital, from Qatar and about Qatar; preserve Qatar’s heritage collections for the future; become the backbone of science and research in Qatar; provide public library services; and support the library network of the country.
Included in the facilities will be a variety of collaborative and individual learning spaces, a children’s library, 300 public computer workstations, digital media production facilities, performance spaces, a café, an assistive technologies center, a writing center, and more. In addition to full-text databases, the library is planning to provide 1.2 million books, 500,000 eBooks, periodicals and newspapers, and special collections. The renowned Arab and Islamic Heritage Library was integrated with the library in the summer of 2011.
The library website is already functional, providing access to a variety of databases and ebooks, as well as giving an outlook on current services, and news on the progress towards its opening.
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