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Atlas Obscura Qatar National Library

When viewed from its main entrance, this futuristic-looking library takes the shape of an enormous diamond. Huge undulating glass panels cover the vast majority of all the building’s sides, letting natural light in while keeping the heat out. Inside, the building is expansive, with a high sloping ceiling and multi-layered bookshelves that give the feeling of being in an amphitheater stuffed with intriguing titles.

The Qatar National Library (QNL) was designed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. The 484,375-square-foot building opened in November 2017 and is now an absolute trove of literary and academic treasures.

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