Qatar plans world’s 'most advanced library'

Facility will open by early 2015 and will contain nearly 1.5m books - report
An artists impression of the new Qatar National Library.
By Shane McGinley
Mon 06 May 2013 01:11 PM

In a bid to promote education and reading, Qatar’s new library will be the “most advanced library in the world” when it opens in late 2014 or early 2015, organisers have said.

“It will be the most advanced library in the world. QNL (Qatar National Library) will have world-class technology and we will try to acquire the most advanced and futuristic material,” QNL project director Claudia Lux told the Qatar Tribune.

“We are targeting everyone who is involved in education. So, young people are our first target. The second group will be of researchers, especially those who have a special interest in a particular area like music, literature, or architecture. We will also have material for the general public, for anyone who wants to learn more about Qatar,” Lux added.

Part of a project by Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, QNL is set to open at the end of 2014, or early in 2015, and will contain a massive 1.2 million printed books and an unlimited number of digital publications.

The elderly will also be provided for with talking books “so they can get the same information which you can normally read in a book,” Lux said.

Although still under construction, organisers said QNL already had 800 members signed up.

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