Making the most of your visit
Find the library
The library is on Level 1 in the Education Centre. Turn right at the main Museum entrance, continue through the doors at the end of the wing, and across the covered walkway. The entrance to the library is through the doors in the central courtyard.
The collection consists of specialist books on Islamic art, art reference books, museum collection and exhibition catalogues and monographs, scholarly periodicals on art and related areas including auction house catalogues. We have books in English, Arabic and other languages. Books cannot be borrowed or taken out of the library.
Our librarians are available to assist you in locating and making materials available. Please call +974 4422 4420 at least 24 hours prior to the planned visit.
Library Outdoor Seating
Seating is available just outside the library entrance in the central courtyard ‒ the perfect place to sit and unwind after visiting the museum or library. We have a selection of books on Islamic Art, newspapers and journals available.
From October to June. Closed for summer months.
A copier/scanner is provided at no charge. Please ask for assistance in copying materials so that no damage is done. Protected materials may not be copied or scanned.
It may be permitted to photograph a limited number of pages in a book using a digital camera with no flash. Museum staff may be able to provide photographs on request.
Nine study rooms are available, but arrangements must be made in advance to reserve them. Scholars wishing to use computer equipment are encouraged to use their own laptops. There are limited copying and scanning services with approval from library staff.
Free wifi is available in the library | Library Rules