Qatar National Library (QNL), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), has launched its new branch in the Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Student Center in Education City.
The QNL team is onsite, Sunday through Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm, to offer free registration to a vast collection of the library’s online resources, showcase the advanced digital learning resources, and feature the new Qatar Digital Library, that provides unrivalled collection of precious heritage material.
By sharing valuable information and cultivating creativity, QNL continues to support QF in protecting 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, community events, and social engagement initiatives.
One of the social engagement initiatives to recently take place was a discussion of Malala Yousafzai’s book, ‘I Am Malala’, which tells a remarkable story of how a young education activist miraculously survived a bullet that went through her head. Not many expected her to survive, but her recovery took her on an extraordinary and phenomenal journey from northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. The book captivatingly reveals how Malala fought for her right to an education and how her brave parents encouraged and helped her to realise this mission.
In addition to cultural and educational activities, QNL also offers interactive training sessions on the use of online resources offered by the library, such as the training sessions on the library’s music online databases, including Alexander Street Press, Oxford and Naxos products. Other training sessions target teens and include EBSCO, Novelist Plus, Novelist K-8, and Student Research Centre databases.
To celebrate the World Heritage Day, which is held on the 18 April 2015, QNL will organise its third Heritage Collection Open Day next month, under the theme ‘Wagten Geda’ (times gone by). The Heritage Collection Open day will highlight Qatar’s precious heritage items available in the Heritage Collection Building. Visitors will also be able to view the recent Arabic Cinema acquisition.
QNL 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. Anyone who lives in Qatar and has a valid Qatari ID/Residence Permit is eligible for free library registration.