Qatar National Library to begin phased reopening from July 15

Strict safety measures will be in place at the Education City landmark

Qatar National Library to begin phased reopening from July 15
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Qatar National Library in Education City will reopen on July 15.

During lockdown, staff have been working at the library offering digital services and online workshops.

But from July 15, the building itself will gradually reopen to the public, starting with the ability to borrow books.

At first, the capacity of the library will be reduced and you will have to book a visit for either 9am to 11am or noon to 2pm in advance. Only those  between 13 and 60 years old will be able to visit.

There will be regular cleaning and disinfection of high-touch areas, reduced capacity in elevators and rooms and bookshelves will be closed, along with some of the library spaces. It will not open on weekends .

Everyone will need to wear masks and have their temperature checked on arrival, as well as showing the Ehteraz app. There will be stickers to keep people in line with social distancing and no more than five people can gather together.

You will only be able to borrow pre-reserved booked (by emailing 48 hours in advance) and you won't be able to borrow DVDs, CDs or electronic equipment yet. Items can only be loaned by using self-checkout stations, with book return stations inside the Library and bins made available for returning books. Members can also use the drop-off station outside the building, which will be open from July 1. Any books received from the public will be kept under isolation for five days before recirculating.

More services will be introduced soon.

Registration and reference services will continue online. The restaurant and café will be closed to the public until further notice, with bus and valet services also unavailable.

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