Director's Welcome

Interim Library Director

I am very pleased to welcome you to the Library at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar. Our library advances and supports the learning, teaching, and research goals of students and faculty at Georgetown while also serving as a resource for the entire Qatar community.

Since opening its doors in 2005, the library has grown dramatically in all respects – collections, facilities, services, and usage.

Primarily focused on international relations, political science, history, economics, languages & literature, philosophy and theology, the library’s collections comprise over 80,000 physical items - print volumes, DVDs, maps & atlases, microforms, and periodicals. We offer access to a much larger collection of e-books, e-journals, online databases, streaming media, and other electronic resources in conjunction with our main campus libraries in Washington, DC.

In January 2011 the library’s space and facilities quadrupled in size with the move to Georgetown’s new building in Qatar. The stunning beauty of our library and its central location within the building make it one of the most inviting places to visit and spend time while on campus. We provide flexible and varied spaces to encourage individual or collaborative reading, study, and research. Our library is equipped with the latest technologies and software to assist you in accessing information and preparing research papers and presentations.

Of greatest importance, however, are the people in our library and the services they provide. In addition to the Research Guides you will find on this website, our Librarians provide research skills instruction in classes and workshops as well as individualized help at the ‘ask me’ counter. We provide training and assistance in the use of technologies and media production methods.

The Library of the University College of London is also integrated within the GU-Q library. You will find the UCL-Q books, supporting studies in Library and Information Studies and Museum & Gallery Practice on the 2nd floor of our library.

Our library also houses a special collection on Islamic bioethics, which results from our work on a QNRF grant project to develop an information resource on Islamic Medical & Scientific Ethics (IMSE). You will find the IMSE database link on our website.

I encourage you to explore our website and to visit our library!

Donna Hanson, Director of the Library