Main Collection

When the National Library opens, we will offer a wide variety of books in English and Arabic, including bestsellers, classics, and nonfiction. We will also feature e-books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, magazines, journals, and much more. While you are waiting for our opening day, please enjoy these links below to reader resources, online books, awards, and more.

Our top suggestions:

Adab   Arabic English
Available in both English and Arabic, this web site features both classical and modern Arabic poetry.

Al-Waraq   Arabic  

Offers a nice collection on Arab and Islamic heritage through famous Arabic works in different subject areas. Five useful websites are also listed.

Other reader resources links:

Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing  Arabic English 
Learn what books are available from this publisher based at the Qatar Foundation.

Booklist Online    English 
Book reviews from the American Library Association.

Cornell University Library Middle East & Islamic Studies Collection Arabic Literature     English 
Links to excellent resources regarding Arabic Literature, including poetry, classical literature, and fiction.

Fanoos Encyclopedia – Middle East Authors      English 
Learn more about well-known authors from the Middle East.

Goodreads    English 
Decide what to read next, or see what your friends recommend.

Islamic Book  Arabic English
Offers books in Islamic studies, history, and literature for online viewing or download. The collection includes books in more than 32 languages, including Arabic and English. 

Kalimat  Arabic
Offers books on many subjects for download in ePub, PDF, and Kindle formats. 

Online Books Page
Lists over 1 million free books on the web. 

Reading Group Guides
The online community for reading groups.


Jamila Magazine   Arabic English


ALA Notable Books for Adults     English 

Arab American Book Award     English 

Banipal Magazine of Modern Arab Literature    English 

International Prize for Arabic Fiction     Arabic English 

The Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature     English 

Qatar Awards for Science, Arts, and Literature    Arabic 

Sheikh Zayed Book Award     Arabic English 

The Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Award   Arabic English

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