Posted on December 24, 2015

The Qatar National Library (QNL), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), booth at the recently held 26th Doha International Book Fair attracted thousands of visitors with the library receiving over 1,500 new member registrations. QNL’s team hosted a range of interactive presentations and activities about the library’s wealth of learning resources including highlights of QNL’s digital resources, engaging events for children and families, and registration activities led by the library’s team.

Among the visitors in attendance were the event’s guest of honour, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who opened the ten-day Book Fair, His Highness the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, His Excellency Dr Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, Qatar’s Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage, Algerian Minister of Culture, Mr Azzedine Mihoubi, as well as other senior literary figures.

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In accordance with Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development’s (QF) mission, QNL supports the nation’s journey towards a knowledge-based economy by spreading knowledge, nurturing imagination, cultivating creativity and preserving the nation’s heritage for future generations. It does this by providing access to a wealth of resources through its exceptional selection of online databases, regular training programmes, and social engagement initiatives.

Gihan Baraka, Head of QNL’s Library Relations and Communications, delivered an insightful presentation highlighting the role of social media in promoting the library’s various features such as the Qatar Digital Library (QDL), the library’s landmark initiative that grants access to a wealth of valuable online resources about the history of Qatar, the Arab and Muslim world, the Heritage Collection, QNL’s unique function as a metropolitan, research and national library, and QNL`s online databases, access to which is freely offered to members through the library`s website.

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Engineer Saadi Al Said, Director of Administration and Planning at QNL, said: “We are delighted with the number of attendees who visited our booth and registered for our online services and resources. It’s always an honour to participate in the Fair that has become a prestigious event on the international literary calendar.” Engineer Al Said, added: “Participation in the book fair greatly helps QNL with encouraging people from all walks of life in Qatar to use the library’s state-of-the-art learning resources and engage in various community engagement activities. We look forward to our continuous participation in this brilliant national event.”

Organised by Dar Al Kutub and the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, the Doha International Book Fair is an annual event that provides a unique platform for a diverse range of publishers fromQatar, the region and the world, to showcase their books to the Qatari community.

To learn more about QNL’s upcoming events and programmes, please visit the library’s website: