HH The Emir to patronise Qatar National Library’s official opening ceremony today
HH The Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will patronise the official inauguration of the Qatar National Library (QNL) today evening.
The opening of the QNL, which has a total capacity of 1.2 million books, is also expected to be attended by HH The Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.
The opening ceremony will see the one-millionth book being placed on the library’s shelves, reported Gulf Times.
The opening of QNL, which is a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, will be celebrated with a variety of public events over two weeks, including lectures, seminars, exhibitions, educational and training workshops, reported The Peninsula.
The different programmes will highlight the library’s leading role in spreading knowledge and promoting the history and heritage of Qatar in the Arabian Gulf region, and beyond.
As a unique heritage library, QNL will promote a deeper global vision of the history and the culture of the Arabian Gulf region.
It will provide all citizens and residents of Qatar with equal opportunities to benefit from its facilities, and services that support creativity and independence in decision-making and the development of their cultural knowledge, reported Qatar Tribune.
The QNL supports Qatar’s shift from dependence on natural resources to diversification and sustainability of the economy, by providing necessary knowledge resources for students, researchers and anyone living in Qatar to enhance lifelong learning opportunities, empower individuals and society, and contribute to a better future for all.
Designed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, the QNL building is fully accessible to visitors with special needs. It features numerous custom-built innovations, including an automatic book sorting system, several interactive media walls, and self-check-in and check-out machines that make borrowing books easier for members.
The Heritage Collection, located in the centre of the QNL building, includes rare and valuable texts and manuscripts related to Arabic and Islamic civilisation.
In addition to Arabic manuscripts, historical maps and globes, scientific instruments and early photography, the collection also contains writings by travellers who explored the Arabian Gulf region over the centuries.
The library has received more than 161,000 visitors since last November's soft opening. More than 51,000 new members have also been registered.
The number of borrowed books has exceeded 300,000, of which 185,536 are from the children's and adolescents’ group and 115,278 are from the main group.