Dutch architect working on building to house a million books
Rem Koolhaas’s designs for the Qatar National Library have been revealed at a launch ceremony attended by Prince Andrew.
More than one million books and 300 public computers will be housed within the building.
Qatar National Library is working with the British Library to digitise more than 500,000 records relating to the country.
The project was announced yesterday by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. It is expected to open in late 2014.
A statement from the foundation said the library would be “one of the most important and iconic landmarks in Qatar and the region”.
The foundation also outlined plans for an ‘eHub’ to allow access to the library’s archive of electronic books and documents without visiting the building in person.
Project director Claudia Lux said: “We are proud to announce the development of a project of a globally unique scope and breadth in its field to bridge the gap between past and future and enable a true modern renaissance of Arab culture, education and scientific discovery.”
The project launch coincided with the 50th anniversary of Dar-al-Kutub, the Gulf Region’s first national library which opened in Doha in 1962.