Qatar Natural History Group

People, Nature, Culture

November Talk: Qatar National Library: a sea of knowledge in the desert. History, architecture, collections, events.

We welcome members and non-members alike and do not charge for our monthly talks. Doors will open at 6:00 PM this month. This allows time to join us for light refreshments, pay your membership dues, and to peruse the QNHG library before the meeting begins at 7:00 PM and mingle with other members.  

Speaker: Christopher Alario, Map Librarian at the Heritage Library, Qatar National Library

Date & Time: Wednesday, November  6th  at Doha English Speaking School (DESS).  

Venue: Doha English Speaking School - Map

Synopsis of talk

Qatar was the first country in the Gulf region to have a national library (Dar al-Kutub, in 1962) and the opening of its new National Library in 2018 in a signature building designed by Rem Koolhaas was a major event in the cultural history of the region. This talk will cover the history and architecture of the Qatar National Library, its core collections and services, and its special collections in the Heritage Library with a particular emphasis on the outstanding collection of historical maps of Arabia and what we may learn from them. 

Short biography

Christopher Alario has been the Map Librarian / Curator at the Heritage Library of the Qatar National Library since 2015. Prior to that he was working at the Map Division of the New York Public Library. He has an MLS from Queens College, CUNY and an MA in Islamic Studies from Yale University.


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