The Qatar National Library (QNL) accepted a number of valuable books donated by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Qatar.

The donations were made by HE Chung Keejong, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Qatar, during a recent visit to QNL’s Heritage Collection Building. The visit was part of the Korean Embassy’s efforts to promote cultural relations with Qatar.

Dr Claudia Lux, Project Director of Qatar National Library, welcomed HE Chung Keejong and expressed her appreciation and gratitude to the Ambassador for the generous donation; the latest addition to the library’s renowned and growing collection. She also stressed that QNL seeks to bridge cultures with knowledge.

The donated books cover a wide range of knowledge fields and include books such as ‘A Concise History of Modern Korea from the Late Nineteenth Century to 2010’ and ‘Masterpieces of Korean Art’, as well as other books by the most important Korean writers and men-of-letters of different historical eras. Among the donated books is a replica of ‘Jikji’, which was the first in the world to be printed using movable metal types in July 1377. The donated books also reflect different sources of knowledge and information in a variety of fields such as literature, history, and arts. Alongside QNL’s vast collection, this donation will further enhance researchers’ opportunities and provide library members with access to valuable, rare, and historical information materials.

Speaking about the donation, HE Mr Chung Keejong, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Qatar, said:

I am very pleased and honoured to make this donation of books. This year is the 40th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Qatar and Korea, and I hope that cultural cooperation between the two countries enhances further…All the books donated are important, especially the replica of ‘Jikji’, also known as ‘Buljo Jikji simche yojeol’, a Korean document, printed during the Goryeo Dynasty in 1377, it is the world’s oldest existing book that was printed with movable metal type. The book was accepted as UNESCO World Record Inheritance and was recorded as a ‘Memory of the World’ for its outstanding value on 4 September 2001. The donation of these books will hopefully provide a chance to introduce the Korean culture to Qatari citizens and help enhance their understanding of Korea.’

Dr Claudia Lux said:

Such book donations play a great role in promoting cultural and historical exchanges between the Republic of Korea and the State of Qatar…This book donation will support QNL’s mission to spread knowledge. The books will enrich the Library’s collection and further enhance the opportunities for library members to look at valuable cultural and historical information on Korean old and modern civilisation.’

QNL’s Heritage Collection Building is open to the public for tours every Sunday and Tuesday from 10 am to 11:30 am. For information about registering for a tour, visit www.qnl.qa/visit-request-form.

Qatar National Library is currently offering free, online access to a vast collection of online resources including the latest bestsellers, classical works, concerts, top academic journals and documentaries. QNL’s registered members can access a complete list of online resources by visiting http://www.qnl.qa/find-answers/online-resources. Anyone who lives in Qatar and has a valid Qatari ID/Residence Permit is eligible for free library registration. To register, visit https://library.qnl.qa/selfreg.