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Posted On: 9 September 2019 04:58 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 10:18 am

Top 5 things to do inside Qatar National Library

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In this day and age, where libraries are being modified into important central hubs for educational innovation and services, essential to the country's developmental needs, this particular library stands out. Apart from providing learning tools for progress and reading materials for leisure and educational purposes, it serves as the point of convergence in creating and sustaining an instinctive informational environment in a cultural and technological setting by developing innovative programs and services.

Have you visited the Qatar National Library (QNL)? It's the largest library in Qatar; it has hundreds of thousands of materials for educational and leisure purposes from all genres, including print books, heritage items, e-journals, e-books, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, and multimedia resources. But it's not just your ordinary library! It offers something more than just reading.

QNL has a number of different activities that will develop your creativity, enhance your abilities and help you learn new skills. The best thing is that these activities have been developed in such a way that they are full of fun, interesting and keep your attention.

Want to know more? Scroll down and enjoy these top 5 things you can do inside QNL that we know you'll love.

1. Explore the Children’s Library

If there's one place you must visit when you're here in QNL, it's the Children's Library. The kids will absolutely love it. The place is attractive, colourful and so inviting especially for kids, their parents, caregivers, and teachers. Its conducive environment makes learning enjoyable and fun for kids who want to explore the world through books. The Children's Library provides an inspirational learning space for them to, not only fall in love with reading, but also to explore their curiosity by engaging with the library's extensive interactive reading collection.

Child in the Library

The Children's Library offers the following:

  • A collection of more than 100,000 children’s books
  • ebooks and electronic educational games available through online resources
  • Educational toys that develop the children's sensorimotor skills by getting them involved in fun activities

The Library hosts numerous activities for children and their families, such as:

  • Interactive storytime
  • Creative workshops
  • Early literacy programs
  • Book discussions
  • Science, arts, literature and theater programs
  • Workshops for parents, educators, and caregivers on child development and learning
  • Programs and activities for children with special needs conducted by experts and specialists

2. Discover the Young Adults' Library

The formidable stages of teenage years are from ages 12 to 19 These critical moments of their growth are considered to be the most essential because during this time, they start to get curious about adult-related things and are eager to discover new things in life. That's where the Young Adults Library comes into play. Through this inspirational learning space and its vast array of resources, they can fall in love with reading, discover and expand their interests and talents, and prepare them for the next steps of their academic journey.

Teen in the Library

The Young Adult's Library offers the following:

  • More than 30,000 fiction and non-fiction books, graphic novels, and magazines
  • School support and college preparation textbooks
  • Video game consoles
  • Computer labs with the latest software and applications
  • Huge study rooms
  • Workshops to improve information and research skills
  • Various types of programs and book discussions
  • Homework support from our specialized librarians
  • Self- and career-development programs

3. Learn 3D Software and Printing

In a fast-paced society where everything is moving at the speed of light, having knowledge of key technologies and high-tech innovations is necessary. That's why, here in QNL, students and adults are exposed to different automation and processes that are used frequently in different industries today. They are introduced to the latest 3D software and programs to prepare them for a much keener process of 3D printing. This course offers tips and tricks on how to effectively use printing software and how to produce quality prints in 3D.

3D Motion

4. Learn videography and photography from experts

Nowadays, since many people have top-of-the-line mobile devices that boast of great picture taking abilities and growing exposure to social media influences them to shoot more videos and take sensible pictures to post on social media, the desire to learn videography and photography has been piqued. Here in Qatar, these video and photo skills are starting to get recognized as more and more groups are created that are promoting them.

So, if you're planning to learn these artistic skills the professional way, the best place to learn them all is at the QNL. They have a range of comprehensive photo and video courses from beginners to advance learners. The equipment is provided by the library and they have regular classes to accommodate people who want to experience the joy of learning videography and photography from the experts.


Courses offered:

  • * Introduction to Digital Design
  • * Photoshop for Beginners/Advanced
  • * Introduction to Video Editing Workshop
  • * Green Screen for Beginners
  • * Intro to Digital Photography

5. Appreciate music with QNL's Music Studio

QNL is equipped with the latest technology in the music scene. They boast of the newest music consoles, digital recording gadgets, solid audio interface, studio microphones, and headphones, all to suit your music needs. Apart from these, they also encourage visitors and music lovers to enroll and learn to play the different musical instruments they have on offer, like the piano, guitar, drums and more.

    Music in Library

    Courses offered:

    • Learn to play musical instruments
    • Record your musical output
    • Familiarity with recording equipment and processes

    QNL Details

    Opening Hours: Saturday – Thursday: 8 am - 8 pm; Fridays: 4 pm - 8 pm
    E-mail: [email protected]
    Tel: +974 4454 0100

    Have you visited the Qatar National Library? Did you find these things to do in the library exciting and helpful? Tell us your experience in the comments section below, and don’t forget to like and share this article – it keeps us going!