Qatar University Library (QUL) inaugurated late Dr. Ahmed Al-Obaidan books collection, which included more than 20 thousand volumes that covers topics from literature, poetry, Sharia, jurisprudence, interpretations, history and others. The unique collection is donated to Qatar University Library to enrich the Qatari collection as well as the general collection. Titles include valuable books, periodicals, and documents in many different fields of knowledge.
This huge library was inaugurated amidst the presence of a large presentation by the President of Qatar University, Dr. Hassan bin Rashid Al-Derham and his deputies, in addition to other important figures from the community, and in the presence of a journalist, to cover this important cultural event that establishes a culture of transferring private libraries to the general readership.
The ceremony included a welcoming speech for the guests, a presentation of the library’s transfer video, snapshots of the biography of the late Dr. Ahmed Obidan, and words of thanks, then the inauguration of the library, a tour inside it, and a gift for the guests represented in a luxurious edition of his book about Qatari proverbs, a valuable book that was first published in 1985 and then reprinted by his family after his death was distributed free of charge to the audience.
In his speech on this occasion, Dr. Hassan bin Rashid Al-Derham, President of Qatar University, praised this humanitarian and cultural initiative, which was represented in transferring a huge and rich library of a national figure known for its national giving to the Library of Qatar University. A new tradition that serves the present and future generations, and is an ongoing charity.
He said that the transfer of the library of Ahmed Al-Obaidan, may God have mercy on him, to the library of Qatar University is an initiative that Qatar University cannot but respond with all appreciation, praise and thanks to his family.
In her speech on this occasion, Professor Asma Al-Buainain, Director of the University Libraries Department, said: “Today, Qatar University Library celebrated the books donated by Dr. Ahmed Al-Obaidan’s, may God have mercy on him. The valuable collection includes about 20,000 volumes 20 thousand volumes that covers topics from literature, poetry, Sharia, jurisprudence, interpretations, history and others that will enrich Qatar University’s library with its distinguished academic groups.”
The Director of Libraries Department at Qatar University added that this gift is an addition and enrichment to the Qatar University Library collection, as it contains encyclopedias, rare books and topics related to the State of Qatar. It is worth mentioning that the Qatar University Library has a special hall for books and Qatari publications.
Buthaina Ibrahim Muhammad Al-Langawi, the wife of the late and the founder of the idea of holding this event, said that she thanks everyone who contributed to the establishment of this important event.
She also thanked the guests of the ceremony who attended this event, including people who love science and knowledge, who shared their passion for science and knowledge with the late, and responded to the call to attend the inauguration ceremony.
The wife of Dr. Ahmed Al-Obaidan said that the expansion and dissemination of science is one of the noble goals that made her plan and then implement this idea, and she found support from everyone.
Qatar University Library (QUL) provides high quality information services to members of the QU Community, its local and international partners, and to all of Qatari society. QUL has extensive book collections in print and digital format. It subscribes to scholarly databases in all areas taught at Qatar University and provides trainings in general research techniques and information literacy.
Source: QATAR UNIVERSITY