Qatar National Library announced the addition of the two million digital page this month (May) and its publication through its electronic portal “Qatar Digital Library”, in a major achievement in its tireless efforts to preserve and publish the history and heritage of the Middle East region.
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The Qatar Digital Library materials are distinguished by being available for viewing and free download for all online users all over the world, as well as accompanied by explanatory notes in Arabic and English, which made it a basic reference for researchers and all those interested in the history and heritage of the region.
Since its launch more than 6 years ago, the library has received a great response from researchers, scholars, scholars and the general public from all countries of the world, whether for academic or research purposes.
On this occasion, the Minister of State and Head of the Qatar National Library, Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, affirmed that this historic achievement is the fruit of Qatar’s conviction that knowledge should not stand in front of it by any obstacle, which made Qatar National Library at the forefront of the world’s libraries with the quality and quantity of documents available to all.
He added that Qatar Digital Library has become a model to be emulated and embodies for the whole world what the design of the future library should be.
Al-Kuwari valued Sheikha Moza bint Nasser’s efforts and her cultural vision, which was able to transform the dream into a tangible reality, stressing that the Qatar National Library will remain a beacon of knowledge that embraces the free and open exchange of ideas and information, and will continue its efforts to increase and develop digitized materials that the whole world can access and see.
As for the Director of Historical Research and Partnerships at the Library, James Onley, he pointed out that the Qatar Digital Library is making a fundamental change in the approach by which scholars, students and researchers study the history of the Gulf region and science in the Arab world, and has become their first reference. It helped them find – in a few seconds – what was taking weeks or months.
Onley added that the library has facilitated access to information from past centuries, which has led to a major boom in the number of new and innovative historical studies on the Gulf region, which has long been the least present in the Middle East regions in academic historical studies and research, pointing out that visitors to the digital library have reached 1.9 million users.
The Qatar Digital Library deals with the contemporary history and heritage of the Arabian Gulf region and its regional surroundings, making it the ideal destination for readers who wish to research a variety of topics such as trade exchange practices, world wars, oil companies, British colonial administration of the region, treaties and agreements, maritime navigation, and operations. Military, civil aviation and economic forums, Arab nationalism and Arab medicine literature.
The library also contains a rare collection of Arabic manuscripts on many topics, including astronomy, mathematics, agriculture, philosophy, music theory, military science, geography, law, chemistry, mechanics, and zoology.
The Qatar Digital Library continues to develop its archive collections to enrich the knowledge of future generations in the Gulf region and the surrounding regions and to help them rediscover their history and heritage.