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Posted On: 2 October 2022 05:00 pm
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Facilities at Qatar National Library for those with disabilities

Fareeha Imtiaz
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Qatar National Library (QNL) is much-loved for being a reader's haven, a space for productivity and quiet time.

Qatar National Library is an establishment dedicated to developing and contributing to society by creating a comprehensive space for learning and discovery. One of the many ways it is doing so is by being an institute that considers accessibility and provisioning for those with disabilities at different levels.

The ILoveQatar.net (ILQ) team is here with a guide to the various facilities and features that QNL offers.

Accessibility-friendly building

Get to know facilities Qatar National Library offers for those with disabilities
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The infrastructure of the Qatar National Library is constructed to provide those with disabilities with a smooth and seamless experience.

Ramps and tactile paving have been placed to ensure that from parking to the entrance, the route to the Assistive Technology Center is easy.

Collection of material

Get to know facilities Qatar National Library offers for those with disabilities
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The library boasts a collection of e-books, audiobooks, music & videos. The main book collection also consists of large print books and braille books.

QNL also facilitates the creation and use of 'BookShare' accounts which is a digital library that makes reading easier for those with reading impairments. Some features include listening to a book, following highlighted text, reading in braille and many other options.

  • BookShare accounts can be created here.

Assistive Technology Center

Get to know facilities Qatar National Library offers for those with disabilities
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The Assistive Technology Center (ATC) is a hub within the library dedicated to catering to the needs of those with disabilities.

Specialized computers, adjustable workstations, scanning pens with headphones, ergonomic keyboards, braille keyboards, and portable electronic magnifiers are just some of the many devices the centre provides.

Aside from being a dedicated space, the ATC also offers the option of in-library borrowing, wherein people with disabilities may borrow any of the devices to be used out of the ATC but within the library.

Note: Devices can be borrowed using the Assistive Technology Device/ Equipment Loan Form.

Accommodation Request

Get to know facilities Qatar National Library offers for those with disabilities
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The 'Accommodation Request' form can be submitted before the library visit, enabling those with disabilities to request specific sessions and facilities.

Some of the services that can be requested are:

  • In-depth one-on-one training of the Assistive Technology Center
  • A group training of the Assistive Technology Center
  • A family training and trial of the devices provided (allowing users to try them out before making purchases)
  • Any in-library physical and personal support

While the 'Accommodation Request' can be submitted via the website, it can be submitted via email through the 'Contact Us' page or even upon arrival at the information desk.

Sensory Room

Get to know facilities Qatar National Library offers for those with disabilities
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Qatar National Library also has a sensory room that caters to children with special needs up to 14 years old. The controlled environment supports children with difficulty learning, developmental disabilities or sensory impairments.

Children using the sensory room will need to be accompanied by parents.

Some of the sensory room features include:

  • The Bubble Column can be used for visual stimulation, learning about cause and effect, colour sequencing, colour matching, or counting. It has fibre optics for relaxation, movement, visual tracking and tactile work.
  • A projector is used to display images around the room.
  • The Interactive Infinity Panel uses LED lights to create a stunning visual effect that will engage the child.
  • A wide variety of sensory toys, as well as a selection of books for quiet reading.

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