The World Digital Library is a free and growing Internet available collection of significant cultural treasures from countries and cultures all over the world. These digitized cultural treasures include photographs, books, manuscripts, maps, audio recordings and films amongst others. The database is searchable in 7 languages: Arabic, English, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish and Portugese via an easy to use interface that enables browsing by place, time, topic, type of item and contributing institution, or by an open-ended search.
The World Digital Library has been created for use by students, scholars and members of the public. It is a UNESCO program led by the US Library of Congress in partnership with libraries all over the world. The National Library Qatar Foundation is one of a number of Library members from Arabic/Islamic countries who contribute content. The Qatar Foundation is a major financial sponsor of the World Digital Library.
Qatar National Library (QNL) recently organized a free workshop on ‘Digital Photography of Cultural Heritage’ at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Education City. The workshop highlighted photography as an important medium that contributes to sharing information.