Qatar plans world’s 'most advanced library'

Facility will open by early 2015 and will contain nearly 1.5m books - report

An artist's impression of the new Qatar National Library.

An artist's impression of the new Qatar National Library.

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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Posted by: Adam

The British Library has 15m books and more than 150m digitised items in it. I'd be interested to see if they will be a repository for global literature and research or whether the collections will be curated (read - censored)

Posted by: Monkey Tennis

I already have access to an "unlimited number of digital publications" - it's called the Internet.

Posted by: Ronald

No doubt there will be a huge section for comics, the general level of reading in the Gulf.

Posted by: SAM

"We will also have material for the general public, for anyone who wants to learn more about Qatar, Lux added". How many books do you really need to learn more about Qatar? Is the general public that interested in this subject? How many millions of people are plannig on visiting this library? It is nice to think big, but Qatar is a tiny country with a small population and definitely not an educational hub. Another question that comes to mind is regarding art books; will they be considered obscene and censored? At any rate, any move that helps improve education is a good thing, even though I personally think such a move is primarily intended as a show-off.

Posted by: Mark Reed

Libraries have through out history been the breedingplace for knowledge and advancement. Is this Qatar library for this purpose or is it just another middleeastern-bling-bling-show-off- please-visit project?

Posted by: Mark Reed

Am I not allowed to ask any question? That is usually what is done in a democracy.

The middleast has history of creating projects not for the purpose of the project itself but rather for other reasons like showing off.

Posted by: Qatari

When there was no library people like you were complaining. When they started building one you start complaining and questioning the purpose.

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