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The Qatar National Library: A centre of excellence protecting the treasures of civilisation

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The Qatar National Library plays a vital part in the country’s goal of diversifying away from oil and gas to become a knowledge-based economy.

It’s a treasure trove of information - from the region’s culture and history to cutting-edge digitisation technology. But it also acts as a regional centre of expertise, both in restoration techniques and the fight against the trafficking of stolen documents.The Qatar National Library doesn't look like a traditional old-fashioned library.

Its purpose-built design is layered in symbolism."The awe in visitors' eyes as they step in, as their eye scans the whole building, it’s really pleasing to see," says Hind Al Khulaifi, Director of Strategic Planning and Projects. "Once you come in, your eyes can actually see most of the sections of the library."It was designed to have the tiers elevated, and to give a sense that with reading, with learning, your soul can be elevated, your consciousness can be elevated.

The beauty of this building is it’s fully illuminated by natural light, also another symbolism for the elevation of the soul through light, through learning."A post shared by Qatar National Library (QNL) (@qatarnationallibrary)Al Khulaifi believes modern libraries should also serve as community hubs.

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