Qatar's National Library - A Panorama of Books

The Gulf's largest book collection, Qatar's National Library, has enhanced ties with libraries outside the region and wooed younger readers in its first year, as an anti-Doha boycott drags on.

It has marketed itself as a "noisy" library and features a 120-seat auditorium and a special events area at the heart of the naturally lit space that is reminiscent of a modern airport.

With over one million books and 500,000 digital editions, the library, located in Doha's Education City, is the largest in the Middle East.

Since opening, the institution has also staged more than 1,000 public events, many featuring authors and scholars from Europe and North America -- a symbolic milestone in the face of the regional boycott.

The building is designed to look like folded sheets of paper and employs more than 39 nationalities, has 144,000 members and has loaned more than one million items.

An open-topped subterranean reading room clad in marble holds heritage materials and artifacts related to Qatari and regional history.

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A man browses for books at the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha.  KARIM JAAFAR / AFP

A man browses for books at the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP

A girl and a boy use a giant interactive display screen at the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha.  KARIM JAAFAR / AFP

A girl and a boy use a giant interactive display screen at the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP

This picture shows a view of the interior of the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha.  KARIM JAAFAR / AFP

This picture shows a view of the interior of the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP

The Gulf's largest book collection, Qatar's National Library is one-year-old and has enhanced ties with libraries outside the region as the anti-Doha boycott drags on while also wooing younger readers.  KARIM JAAFAR / AFP

The Gulf's largest book collection, Qatar's National Library is one-year-old and has enhanced ties with libraries outside the region as the anti-Doha boycott drags on while also wooing younger readers. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP

With over one million books and 500,000 digital editions, the library, located in Doha's Education City, is the largest in the Middle East. However, Dubai hopes to have 1.5 million volumes in the under-construction Mohammed bin Rashid Library when it opens. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP

With over one million books and 500,000 digital editions, the library, located in Doha's Education City, is the largest in the Middle East. However, Dubai hopes to have 1.5 million volumes in the under-construction Mohammed bin Rashid Library when it opens. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP

A woman chooses books at the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha.  KARIM JAAFAR / AFP

A woman chooses books at the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP

A youth works while seated at a table with a toddler inside the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha.  KARIM JAAFAR / AFP

A youth works while seated at a table with a toddler inside the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP

A woman works on a latpop at a table inside the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha.  KARIM JAAFAR / AFP

A woman works on a latpop at a table inside the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP

People walk through the aisles of the Qatar National Library in the capital.  KARIM JAAFAR / AFP

People walk through the aisles of the Qatar National Library in the capital. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP

Qatar National Library (Twitter)

Qatar National Library (Twitter)

A man browses for books at the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha.  KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
A girl and a boy use a giant interactive display screen at the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha.  KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
This picture shows a view of the interior of the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha.  KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
The Gulf's largest book collection, Qatar's National Library is one-year-old and has enhanced ties with libraries outside the region as the anti-Doha boycott drags on while also wooing younger readers.  KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
With over one million books and 500,000 digital editions, the library, located in Doha's Education City, is the largest in the Middle East. However, Dubai hopes to have 1.5 million volumes in the under-construction Mohammed bin Rashid Library when it opens. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
A woman chooses books at the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha.  KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
A youth works while seated at a table with a toddler inside the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha.  KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
A woman works on a latpop at a table inside the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha.  KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
People walk through the aisles of the Qatar National Library in the capital.  KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
Qatar National Library (Twitter)
A man browses for books at the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha.  KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
A man browses for books at the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
A girl and a boy use a giant interactive display screen at the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha.  KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
A girl and a boy use a giant interactive display screen at the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
This picture shows a view of the interior of the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha.  KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
This picture shows a view of the interior of the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
The Gulf's largest book collection, Qatar's National Library is one-year-old and has enhanced ties with libraries outside the region as the anti-Doha boycott drags on while also wooing younger readers.  KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
The Gulf's largest book collection, Qatar's National Library is one-year-old and has enhanced ties with libraries outside the region as the anti-Doha boycott drags on while also wooing younger readers. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
With over one million books and 500,000 digital editions, the library, located in Doha's Education City, is the largest in the Middle East. However, Dubai hopes to have 1.5 million volumes in the under-construction Mohammed bin Rashid Library when it opens. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
With over one million books and 500,000 digital editions, the library, located in Doha's Education City, is the largest in the Middle East. However, Dubai hopes to have 1.5 million volumes in the under-construction Mohammed bin Rashid Library when it opens. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
A woman chooses books at the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha.  KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
A woman chooses books at the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
A youth works while seated at a table with a toddler inside the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha.  KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
A youth works while seated at a table with a toddler inside the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
A woman works on a latpop at a table inside the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha.  KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
A woman works on a latpop at a table inside the Qatar National Library in the capital Doha. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
People walk through the aisles of the Qatar National Library in the capital.  KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
People walk through the aisles of the Qatar National Library in the capital. KARIM JAAFAR / AFP
Qatar National Library (Twitter)
Qatar National Library (Twitter)