Derk Haank and Dr Claudia Lux during the signing ceremony.
DOHA: The Qatar National Library (QNL) and Springer have signed a agreement for access to eBooks and electronic journals on Springer’s platform SpringerLink.
The national licence entitles Qatar to use one of the largest eBook collections worldwide containing scientific, technical and medical content.
The agreement offers country-wide access to Springer’s electronic scientific content. Anyone who lives in Qatar and has a valid Qatari ID or residence permit is eligible to register at the library free of charge. In this way, all registered members of the library will benefit from the national license without any limitations on user classifications
Dr Claudia Lux, Project Director of Qatar National Library, said: “Qatar National Library’s approach is truly different. We have managed to open a library digitally first, while other national libraries have been doing it the other way round. We consider that access of knowledge is very important for the business in the region and for the entire community and we are glad to expand our service offerings by partnering with Springer to offer everyone in Qatar full access to Springer’s electronic scientific content.
“An agreement with Springer, the leading global scientific, technical and medical publisher, will enable people to unlock their scientific potential and develop the skills that will support their participation in the global knowledge economy.”
“Springer is very happy to partner with the Qatar National Library and, through this agreement, will provide valuable information to the whole country. Our publishing portfolio provides cutting-edge research results, solid scientific foundations and professional knowledge in all fields of science and technology. The deal will help boost Qatar’s efforts in setting up its knowledge economy,” said Derk Haank, CEO of Springer.
“We are cooperating closely with their academic institutions and are convinced that our content will help Qatar achieve its vision of progress and growth.”