Qatar National Library's state-of-the-art building, located in the heart of Education City, is a model 21st-century library. Designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, the building design resembles two pieces of paper that are pulled apart and folded diagonally at the corners to create a shell-like structure, enclosing the open-plan interior. The vast Main Plaza reveals to visitors all that the Library has to offer, and the bookshelves themselves are an integral part of the building itself, rising out of the floor and highlighting the value of books in Qatari culture. A blend of classical materials, such as marble, and modern materials, such as stainless steel, combine to emphasize the progression of knowledge from the past to the present.
At the heart of the building is the Heritage Library, with its permanent exhibition of historical materials tracing social, economic, scientific and religious development throughout the Arabic and Islamic worlds. The collection also highlights the evolving relationship between the Middle East, the West and the Far East through centuries of travelers’ writings, and illustrates the critical role of the Islamic world in advancing global scientific knowledge. Rotating exhibitions throughout the year provide deeper dives into related topics.
The Library is open to the public, and all exhibitions are free of charge. A restaurant and café offer a wide range of refreshments.
Library opening hours:
Saturday – Thursday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Fridays: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
For more information about the Library, visit www.qnl.qa/en