• Using the Library

    Using the Library


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 Collections

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.


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.

Study Rooms

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