After more than four months, Qatar National Library has reopened some of its services to the public (both members and non-members) with measures in place to protect both staff and guests against COVID-19.


According to the guidelines published in their website, visits will be on an ‘appointment only’ basis. Visitors will only be allowed inside if they have a confirmed slot booking and are between 13 and 60 years old. Visitors must also show their green status on the Ehteraz app and should not have a temperature of beyond 37.8 degrees Celsius. Wearing of face masks or face shields is also required.

The Library will be opened from Sunday to Thursday. Only 100 people will be allowed in the building during each time slot (9 am to 11 am and 12 pm to 2 pm).

Visitors are required to follow social distancing rules everywhere in the Library and stand only on designated stickers whenever queuing. Social gatherings of more than five people are strictly restricted and will be monitored by security.

Borrowed items will still be automatically renewed until further notice. However, borrowers can return borrowed items, if they wish to at any time (24/7) using the Drive-Thru Book Return Station in front of the building or through the bins at the Library’s main entrance for this purpose.

Photocopy and printing machines are available to users who already have their own printing cards. The Library will not sell printing cards at this time.

Reading carrels may be used on a first-come, first-use basis, with only one user inside each carrel. To borrow books, visitors need to request them in advance at least two working days before the time slot they’ve booked for their Library visit. They will need a Library ID to self-checkout these books.

QNL 4The restaurant and café will remain closed and only the vending machines in the Quiet Study Area will be available. DVD, CD, iPad, headphones, chargers or other items will also not be available inside the Library.

The Heritage Library is also reopening, but the Heritage Reading Room will remain closed. Heritage Library materials are accessible by requesting a digital copy via email at [email protected]. If the requested item has not yet been digitised, the borrower will be informed when available.

For now, no group tours will be conducted in the Library, including the Heritage Library Exhibition Area, until further notice. 

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