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Qatar's Oldest Library Faces Uncertain Future

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By Reuters

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DOHA, QATAR (NOVEMBER 15, 2015) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF DAR-AL-KHOTOUB EXTERIOR SIGN READING (Arabic) "ESTABLISHED IN 1962" SIGN READING (Arabic) "QATAR NATIONAL LIBRARY" VARIOUS OF BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS INSIDE THE LIBRARY ACTING GENERAL DIRECTOR OF QATAR NATIONAL LIBRARY, BILAL AL-SUWAIDI, PUTTING A BOOK INSIDE A DISPLAY BOX (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ACTING GENERAL DIRECTOR OF QATAR NATIONAL LIBRARY, BILAL AL-SUWAIDI, SAYING: "According to the latest statistics, we have between 280 thousand - 290 thousand books. I'm speaking here about titles not volumes. We have more than 2100 manuscripts. We also have 1430 multi-volume books. In addition to periodicals. We have a huge number of local, Arabic, and foreign magazines, and periodicals." VARIOUS OF AL-SUWAIDI BROWSING A MANUSCRIPT ILLUSTRATED PAGE IN THE MANUSCRIPT (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ACTING GENERAL DIRECTOR OF QATAR NATIONAL LIBRARY, BILAL AL-SUWAIDI, SAYING: "I don't think the building in its current state can cope with the recent developments. The number of books is increasing. Our employees are increasing. The library needs a wide space so the researcher who comes to the library finds it well equipped for him to sit and enjoy reading and researching". VARIOUS OF DISPLAYED BOOKS (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ACTING GENERAL DIRECTOR OF QATAR NATIONAL LIBRARY, BILAL AL-SUWAIDI, SAYING: "It's now the responsibility of Qatari intellectuals to play a role and not wait to be asked to do so, in order for the younger generations to know that there are pioneers in culture that they should be proud of, look up to, and benefit from." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE READING NEWSPAPERS NEWSPAPERS ON THE TABLE/VISITOR MOUSTAFA AHMED READING. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) VISITOR, MOUSTAFA AHMED, SAYING: "I spend here about one and half hours to two hours here in the library. It's a chance to read all types of newspapers and books. I can read about anything I want to know about. It's a good opportunity for people looking for a job, or anything." MAN READING BOOKS ON SHELVES IN THE LIBRARY
Dateline: 2015

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Doha, Qatar, Qatar
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