Qatar Digital Library is the World Largest Open Digital Repository

Qatar National Library (QNL) organized a lecture entitled A Digital Journey to the Past: Inside the Qatar Digital Library, where researchers, historians and the general public have learned about the new documents and manuscripts that are being added to the Qatar Digital Library and the future expansion of this digital library in the coming years.

During the lecture Dr. James Onley, director of Historical Research and Partnerships at QNL, said that as part of the Qatar Digital Library’s (QDL) ongoing partnership with the British Library, an additional 900,000 pages of historical material on the Gulf from the British Library’s collections, as well as medieval Arabic manuscripts on science, will be uploaded to the Digital Library over the coming three years.

“Much of the material on the Gulf has not seen the light of day since its creation over a century ago because it is uncatalogued and therefore difficult to access. Other material, though accessible has been little used, such as the East India Company’s ship’s logs from the early 17th to mid-19th centuries, which chronical the incorporation of the Gulf into the global economy,” he added.

Source: Government of Qatar