For April 2014, Qatar National Library (QNL) is organising a number of local events and activities including its regular monthly book discussion, focusing on ‘Married to Bedouin’, begining on Wednesday 9 April 2014 in the Clubhouse located in Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development’s Education City.

QNL will also run a number of training sessions on the online databases it provides to all residents in Qatar.

‘Married to Bedouin’ documents New Zealand born Marguerite van Geldermalsen’s first visit to the lost city of Petra in 1978, during a sightseeing tour of the ancient world. Already looking forward to her beach holiday at the end of the trip, little does Marguerite know that she is about to meet the man she will marry, a bedouin craftsman of the Mnajah tribe. The book is a light-hearted look at a New Zealand woman’s life residing in a cave in Petra, Jordan.

QNL regularly organises book discussions and training sessions and participates in local community events, regional initiatives and programmes, in addition to international exhibitions and conferences.

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 Anyone who lives in Qatar and has a valid Qatari ID/Residence Permit is eligible for free library registration. To register, visit

For more information about QNL’s upcoming events and activities, visit their website.