A vast of information nowadays can be obtained through only just one click. Little we know, that libraries still hold knowledge treasures still not available on the internet. The modern libraries in Qatar offer not only books and journals but also interactive learning facilities and book clubs.

Qatar National Library

Qatar National Library (QNL) is a non-profit organisation under the umbrella of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF). QNLprovides resources to students, researchers, and the community in Qatar. The library carries out three functions – National Library, University and Research Library, and a Metropolitan Public Library of the digital age. The National Library function collects and provides access to global knowledge relevant to Qatar and the region. It also collects, preserves, and provides access to heritage content and materials about Qatar and the region. The University and Research Library function supports education and research at all levels by providing printed and digital library materials for students and researchers. Metropolitan Public Library delivers library services and information for everyone to enjoy reading, meet people, and become information literate.

Location: Qatar Foundation Education City, Al Rayyan
Opening hours:
Saturday – Thursday from 8 am to 8 pm
Friday, from 4 pm to 8 pm
Contact number: 4454 6039
Website: qnl.qa

Maktaba Qatar

As the first public children’s library, Maktaba provides a place to inspire children and their parents to fall in love with reading, learning and the acquisition of knowledge. It is a space where imagination comes to life through books, play, and thoughtfully conceived programming for children of all ages. The library’s primary purpose is to encourage children of all ages towards a love of reading in order to achieve their academic, intellectual and creative goals.

Location: Al Mabahej & Saha 33, Al Mabahej
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday  9 am – 6 pm, Saturday 9 am – 5 pm
Contact number: 4427 8810
Website: maktabaqatar.org

MIA Library

The MIA Library collection consists of specialist books on Islamic art, art reference books, museum collection and exhibition catalogues and monographs, scholarly periodicals on art and related areas including auction house catalogues. We have books in English, Arabic and other languages. Books cannot be borrowed or taken out of the library.

Location: Museum of Islamic Art
Opening times:
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday – 10:30 am to 8 pm
Saturday – Noon to 8 pm
Tuesday and Friday –Closed
At other times by appointment
Contact number: 4422 4444
Website: mia.org.qa/library

Academic Libraries

Open to the public but with limited access and may require registration. Click on the image to learn more.