Library News

1 June, 2023

Material Connexion

The Material ConneXion database is an online searchable collection of materials. It has an extensive, comprehensive collection of innovative materials and processes, organized into polymers, cement-based materials, glass, metals, ceramics, natural materials, and carbon-based materials. Check out Material Connexion, an amazing resource for designers of all disciplines. 

1 June, 2023

Streaming Media at VCUarts Qatar Libraries

VCUarts Qatar Libraries gives you access to a range of streaming platforms including ArtFilms, Kanopy, Swank, Filmakers Online, Films on Demand Master Academic Collection, and many more. Check out a list of streaming media here!

1 June, 2023

LinkedIn Learning

Want to learn new skills with online tutorials? Wish to brush up on your skills and enhance your resume?

LinkedIn Learning offers an expansive collection of expert-led, online courses and video tutorials in business, software, technology, creative skills and processes and much more! Check out LinkedIn Learning

16 March, 2023

Innovative Media Studios Featured in Attack Magazine

Joshua Rodenberg and Erika Tsuchiya are featured in the latest edition of London-based Attack magazine, which is dedicated to dance music production and culture. Learn more...

15 March, 2023

Dandana-The Spring Library Fest

The VCUarts Qatar community had an entertaining afternoon with 'DANDANA'-The Spring Library Fest! DANDANA, held at the Art and Design Library, was a fun filled event with music, performances, games, henna and food.

15 March, 2023

Coaster Casting-Workshop

In celebration of Ramadan approaching, the Materials Library organized a coaster casting workshop. The Jesmonite workshop was led by the Materials Library Research Fellow Majdulin Nasrallah.

2 February, 2023

The Poetics of Space-Library Book Exhibit

Why do we feel emotional connections to places and spaces? Why is it that some places resonate with us more than others?  Our new library book display titled The Poetics of Space is about spaces, architecture and human experience. It is about the psychological experience of a place. The display highlights books that talk about how we perceive, design and experience space.

The title of the exhibit, The Poetics of Space, is borrowed from the book by the same name from 1958 by the French philosopher Gaston Bachelard, where Bachelard explores personal, emotional experiences and reactions to architecture.

Come by the library and check out the book display!

13 October, 2022

Calling All Poets

Are you a poet or an aspiring poet? The Writing Center wants to honor you! 

In celebration of the National Day on Writing on October 20th, we want to feature YOUR poetry in the student writing lounge. Submit your poems to Nicole at or office 390c before October 18th to be featured. 

5 October, 2022

LUNA Training-Zoom Session

Ever wanted to learn how to access the VCU arts Qatar image archive database LUNA? Or brush up on how to use the latest version? LUNA contains images of student work, classroom activities, events, exhibitions, commencement, field trips - anything to do with the life of VCUQatar. 

Please join Tiffany  SchuremanDigital Processing Archivist, on Zoom for a LUNA training session on October 10 at 12:30 PM. If you want to follow along during the training, log into LUNA from here

22 September, 2022

Library Project Space Exhibit

Library Project Space Exhibit-Relocation: the Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Home by Charlotte Rodenberg

“This work is a direct response to my relocation to Qatar from the United States. Upon moving here, I began to question my inherent idea of what home looks like. I became interested in the blocky, geometric villas (houses) in my compound (neighborhood). While I experienced feelings of dislocation, I found peace in the golden sunsets and cool shadows cast upon the landscape at sunrise and sunset. My sketchbook practice became a way of observing and reflecting on these new surroundings, recording the way light reflected upon the villas. These drawings became the foundation for this series of screenprints.

“The meditative act of printmaking, in this experimental style, allowed me to reflect on the imagery and build each composition organically. Each print is a monotype (unique print) using a set of silkscreen matrices, allowing me to further explore color, line, form and composition. The act of deconstructing and reconstructing the home image became a metaphorical and literal act of assimilation.

“As an artist, my practice has always provided me with a sense of identity. Previously, while living in Virginia, my work was a reflection of national and local politics. After arriving in Qatar, it was important for me to begin a new body of work which documented my life as an expat in order to adapt and find purpose here. Through this process of drawing, printing, deconstruction and reconstruction, I processed my location and changing ideological understanding of home.

“This reflection on home created a therapeutic foundation to stand, allowed me to establish myself as a local artist and find necessary purpose. The studios at VCUarts Qatar provided me with the essential time, space and community to make myself feel at home. My practice has allowed me to process emotions, adapt and assimilate to expat life.” -Charlotte Rodenberg

22 September, 2022

Student Writing Lounge

The Writing Center is happy to announce the opening of our Student Writing Lounge. Come visit room 390d anytime for a tranquil writing and studying atmosphere.

21 September, 2022

Air Ink-ink made out of carbon emissions

Interested in doodling guilt free? Head over to the Materials Library and check out Air Ink, the world's first ink made out of carbon emissions!

22 August, 2022

LSAC-Library Student Advisory Council

Join other undergraduate students in shaping library spaces, services, and programming to meet the needs of VCUarts Qatar's diverse community.

Library Student Advisory Council (LSAC) members ...

  • communicate student priorities, needs, and concerns to the library team
  • network with other student leaders and faculty
  • gain valuable skills and committee experience that can be added to your resume
  • meet three times a semester

Frequent users of the library as well as those new to libraries are welcome to apply!

Applications due by August 31st 

Sign up here.

22 August, 2022

Alice in the Art World -Library Exhibit

Alice in Wonderland, written in 1865 by Lewis Carroll is considered to be one of the most influential literary works of all time. Originally titled Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, this fanciful story of a little girl tumbling down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world of strange characters and talking animals, has been an endless source of inspiration for creative minds. Lewis Carroll’s beautifully rendered illustrations have inspired countless others over the ages. This includes the surrealist illustrations of the classic by Salvador Dali and the visually captivating illustrations by Yayoi Kusama, who called herself “modern Alice in Wonderland”.
The library book display titled, ‘Alice in the Art World’ explores the art and design that has been inspired by Alice in Wonderland. The display also includes books highlighting the scale property in art and design as well as magic and fantasy, all recurrent motifs in the story.
The origami roses that are a part of the display were made by the freshmen students (Class of 2026) for the new student orientation activity by the VCU arts Qatar Libraries. Students were asked to write about “who are you?” and “where are you going?” on the origami papers prior to folding them to roses.
Come, jump down the rabbit hole into the wonderful world of art and design curiouser and curiouser!   

Check out the list of books from this display here!

20 April, 2022

Face to Face: A Celebration of Faces

Is it not the right time to enjoy a portrait photography display now that we have lost our faces behind the masks? Come by the library and enjoy our new book display FACE TO FACE: A CELEBRATION OF FACES

Check out the list of books from the display here!

8 March, 2022

Featured Database-Library Stack

Library Stack is an online archive of digital arts publications from the fields of contemporary art, graphic design , architecture, film, and philosophy. Content is available in a variety of formats including text e.g. essays, fiction, pamphlets, images of digital art, multimedia e.g. audio, podcasts, video, interactive media etc. Check out Library Stack, an amazing online resource!

1 March, 2022

ON TIME -  Book Display

The latest library book display is woven around a single theme -- time. 
The concept of time has long engaged artists who have explored the possibilities of rendering time visible. It is interesting to look at how the artists have tried to paint the passing of time and movement in their works. The invention of film introduced endless options for exploring and manipulating time. Contemporary artists work in more interdisciplinary and experimental formats in their depiction of time.
Slowdown, pause and check out the display ‘ON TIME’, an exploration of the representation of time in art.


Check out the list of books!

9 February, 2022

Meet Erika Tsuchiya, Innovative Media Studios Coordinator

Welcome Erika Tsuchiya, our new Innovative Media Studios Coordinator.  Erika brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her role.  Learn more about Erika by reading her bio below, and check out the YouTube link to view some of her work (Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc., Live at the MTV EMAs).


Erika is a media producer and artist, with an extensive background in media arts in the context of higher education. At Rowan University in New Jersey, she developed and taught courses in film and TV production, new media, post-production, motion graphics, and immersive media. While at Rown, Erika initiated several cross-departmental art and technology projects with Academic Technology, Rowan Art Gallery, and the Digital Scholarship Center in the Campbell Library. Erika's projects included a grant-awarded interactive projection mapping project in collaboration with Urban Geography, with the aim of highlighting the gender gap in public art across campus. Her Immersive Media Production course also received a grant award, and students produced an original show for the Edelman Planetarium in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, which won first place in the Emerging Technology category at the 2020 National Broadcast Education Association Awards, as well as being official selection at several international full-dome film festivals.


Erika also held an academic support role as Digital Media Lab Manager at St. Joseph’s University (Pennsylvania), and as Digital Media Manager for Musion, a high-end holographic projection company located in London, UK.  While at Musion, Erika managed artist projects and provided technical support for corporate, educational and entertainment industry clients such as the BBC, Samsung, Sony, and Saatchi. 


As a producer and artist, Erika has led community media-based projects including mentoring a formerly incarcerated film maker on a short documentary piece for MING Media focusing on the rise of gun violence in Philadelphia during the COVID-19 pandemic. She also served as Lead Teaching Artist for Eastern State Penitentiary’s Hidden Lives Illuminated, which was a Pew Center for Arts and Heritage supported large-scale public projection event showcasing 20 short animation films made by incarcerated men and women. Erika designed and taught weekly three hour workshops in basic art techniques, script-writing, storyboarding, voice-over recording, and animation at SCI Chester for men and Riverside Correctional for women. Most recently, Erika led the P.O. Box 34 project in partnership with Annenberg School for Communication at University of Pennsylvania, hiring undergraduate students to mentor incarcerated writers during the severe pandemic lockdowns and throughout the Black Lives Matter protests. 


Her musical collaborations include Aux 88 on Puzzlebox Records in Detroit, MI, and currently as part of ALKA on VeryRecords, USA. You can view more of Erika's projects on her website.


Erika has a BA in Social Anthropology from SOAS, University of London, and an MA in Photography from London Metropolitan University.

9 February, 2022

Library Project Space Exhibit- My Grandfather’s Journey

Check out the new exhibit, 'My Grandfather's Journey' by Rasha Alkasab, at the Library Project Space.

Home to some maybe the place they were born, or the country they lived or grew up in. Rasha AlKasab identifies “Home” by the people that make up a house or a home. When those people leave us, their memories and who they once were become the concept of our home, and the longing for them defines our feeling of alienation.

Rasha’s grandfather always meant home to her. He had been around the world as the Public Relations and Communication Director at the Damascus Municipality, and his home was everywhere that his spirit went. He was a man of pride and faith. He loved people and people loved him.

“He lives in me and his wisdom and words will always guide me.” - Rasha AlKasab

In memory of Nizar Darwish Alajlani.

3 December, 2021

Jurgen Comics Contest

VCU Libraries is inviting students from across Virginia Commonwealth University, including students from VCUarts Qatar, to enter its inaugural Jurgen Banned Art Comics Contest Students are encouraged to submit single-page comics exploring the censorship of the 1919 novel “Jurgen: A Comedy of Justice” by James Branch Cabell, the namesake of VCU’s Monroe Park Campus library.

The winning entry, which will be announced in March, will receive $1,000 and the opportunity for the comic to be published in print and digitally by VCU Publishing

25 October, 2021

Artist Lecture by Chris Carlson

DAT Lab presents Artist Lecture by Chris Carlson. 

OCT 27   WED   12.30 PM - 1.30 PM

Chris Carlson is a software developer and musician with a passion for discovering new ways of generating, transforming, and experiencing sound. For the past 8 years, Chris has worked with small multidisciplinary teams to build interactive experiences for cultural institutions and brands including Denver Botanic Gardens, SFMOMA, The National Archives, Adidas, Occidental College, Coca Cola, Epson, and SEGD. He is the creator of Borderlands Granular, an expressive multitouch interface for granular synthesis on the iPad platform.  Borderlands has a worldwide community of users and has found its way into film scores, live performances, educational workshops, and field recording expeditions. It has been called "a reason to own an iPad" by Peter Kirn of Create Digital Music.

You can join us via Zoom or join us at the atrium for the viewing. Seats are limited and if you wish to join us for the physical viewing, kindly use the Eventbrite link below. 

Zoom link:

Physical Viewing registration link:


This Artist Lecture is presented by DAT Lab. DAT Lab is a research lab for interactive processes and digital experiences exploring human interface with emergent technology.



20 September, 2021

1.5 m/Spine Poetry Collection

The pandemic has impacted almost all aspects of our life. It has been a tough time. There has been a lot to deal with. But despite the challenges it has also led to surprising discoveries, innovative thoughts and new perspectives. We have learned to appreciate life more.

Check out our latest book display titled 1.5 m. 1.5 m is a Spine Poetry Collection capturing stories and emotions from the pandemic. In this display, library books are cleverly stacked so their titles create poems. Stop by the library and enjoy the poems. See if they speak to you and resonate with your feelings!

20 September, 2021

Library Project Space Exhibit- Streetwear is Dead; Long Live Streetwear

Streetwear is Dead; Long Live Streetwear by Ali Khan focuses on collaborations, drops and hype: how streetwear conquered high fashion and managed to kill itself in the process. This streetwear photoshoot accompanied by an essay of the same name features outfits displayed in the exhibition Wear The Right Thing at VCUarts Gallery.

24 August, 2021

Innovative Media Studios-Vacant Position

Position: Innovative Media Studio Coordinator

Reports to: Head of Innovative Media Studios

The Innovative Media Studio is a creative studio dedicated to crafting digital innovation. The Innovative Media Studio (IMS) Coordinator will provide the expertise to outreach,  explore, develop, and promote the use of all IMS facilities, as well as support interdisciplinary design research and theoretical investigations across VCUarts Qatar and  Qatar Foundation platforms. The position reports to the Head of Innovative Media Studios, under the general direction of VCUarts Qatar Libraries.

30 June, 2021

Featured Book Display-Palestine

Check out our virtual book display on Palestine. Explore the collection to read about Palestine and understand its history, people, culture, art, design, literature and more.

To borrow books from this collection, you can use our online book request option and and pick up the books from the building Security Desk.

29 April, 2021

Returning library books

Although the library is closed, you can return your library books 24/7 to the book drop located just inside the main entrance doors of the VCUQ building.

29 March, 2021

TinkerLab-featured in Gulf Times

TinkerLab, a new shared space in the Materials Library is featured in Gulf Times

8 March, 2021

Writing Center Appointments

The Writing Center will be providing all of its services virtually this semester. Visit the web page to learn more.

7 March, 2021

Video/Data Processing-A virtual workshop with Jason Bernagozzi

IMS presents Video/Data Processing-A virtual workshop led by Jason Bernagozzi

March 16 & 18      11.30am - 1.30pm

This virtual workshop will showcase concepts of video instrumentation, and give the basics on the Max/MSP software. Learn why it is important for artists to make their own instruments.

Jason Bernagozzi is a recognized artist who uses real-time features of video and electronic media as a way to engage with interdisciplinary concepts as a dialogical system of emerging languages. He is the co-founder of the experimental media art non-profit organization Signal Culture and works as an Associate Professor of Electronic Art at Colorado State University.

RSVP is required. Click here to RSVP.

For more information, contact

2 February, 2021

Meet Joshua Rodenberg, Head of Innovative Media Studios.

Joshua Rodenberg has joined the faculty of VCUarts Qatar as Head of Innovative Media Studios.

Joshua received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond and his Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern Indiana. Prior to joining VCUarts Qatar, Joshua worked in the Kinetic Imaging Department at Virginia Commonwealth University where he taught courses in Computational Media Arts and Sound Communication. He also taught interdisciplinary classes in art foundations as well as senior-level courses in the Kinetic Imaging curriculum. Joshua also served as the Facilities and Equipment Coordinator for the Kinetic Imaging Department. Prior to joining VCU, Joshua held positions at the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts and Rowan University.

Joshua's recent residencies include Signal Culture: Experimental Media Artist Residency in New York, the Mountain Lake ART LAB, at the Mountain Lake Biological Research Station at the University of Virginia, and the prestigious Rasquache Artist Residency in Coapan Puebla Mexico, for which he now serves on the Board of Directors. Joshua’s recent sound design collaborations include development of the Becoming Biodiversity application with Amy Youngs, and the creation of the soundtrack for the experimental documentary Coapan En Espera (Coapan On Standby), a collaboration with Federico Cuatlacuatl. Joshua’s recent solo exhibition, Inescapable, was held at Anderson Gallery in Richmond, Virginia.

In the past year Joshua was also commissioned by Capital One’s Eastern headquarters to install a six channel video and sound piece, called Finding the Time, and in February of 2019, the Belgium-based record label, Off-Records, released his solo experimental soundscape album, Cognizant.

24 December, 2020

LinkedIn Learning

Want to learn new skills with online tutorials? Wish to brush up on your skills and enhance your resume?

LinkedIn Learning offers an expansive collection of expert-led, online courses and video tutorials in business, software, technology, creative skills and processes and much more! Check out LinkedIn Learning

12 December, 2020

Filmakers Library Online

Filmakers Library Online gives you access to award-winning documentaries and independent films, presenting points of view and historical and current experiences from diverse cultures and traditions world-wide. Check out Filmakers Library Online!

15 November, 2020

University of Fashion-Database

Check out the database University of Fashion! University of Fashion gives you access to hundreds of online fashion design and business video tutorials from beginner to advanced. Just click 'University of Fashion' and login with your eID. 

11 November, 2020

Book Purchase Request

Can’t find a book you need in the VCUarts Qatar Library collection? Please let us know. We welcome your purchase suggestions for the library collection. Visit the webpage to access the purchase request form and to learn more about making purchase suggestions.

11 November, 2020

Writing Center-Extended Hours

The Writing Center is offering extended evening appointment timings to fit all schedules! Visit the webpage to schedule your consultations.

27 September, 2020

Online Consultation - Materials Library

The Materials Library team is available online to discuss your projects and answer any material inquiries you have! Visit the web page to learn more.

6 September, 2020

How to request books from the Art and Design Library?

Library books may be requested directly through the library system. This video highlights the process of making a book request.

Select the title of the book you would like to request, sign-in with your eID, and then click 'request'. We will pull the book(s) from the collection and hold them for you at the VCUarts Qatar Security Desk (located inside the main entrance to the building). Books may be picked up from the Security Desk between 8:00 am-9:00 pm, 7 days a week. Photo ID is required to pick up books. Please allow 48 hours for your book request to be filled. You will receive an email notification when your books are ready to be picked up.

For more information, contact

6 September, 2020

How to reserve equipments from the Innovative Media Studios?

Innovative Media Studio equipments can now be requested online! You can return IMS equipments by making an appointment through IMS Equipment Reservation catalogue page. The photo studio, green screen room and virtual reality spaces can be reserved online! This video explains the process.

For more information, contact

6 September, 2020

How to book an appointment with The Writing Center?

The Writing Center will be providing all of its services virtually this semester. All the virtual appointments will be scheduled and accessed through the WCOnline portal. This video explains the online booking and virtual appointment system.

11 August, 2020

Artfilms Digital

Artfilms Digital is an amazing video streaming database in our collection. It has a unique collection of films for arts education and arts practitioners. Their inspiring collection of masterclasses, documentaries and interviews are content that can entertain, educate and inform. Check out Artfilms Digital!

9 August, 2020

Films on Social & Systemic Injustice in Kanopy Streaming

Kanopy has curated a collection of films and documentaries around social and systemic injustice. You can access the collection with your VCU eID at

Kanopy is a video streaming database. Kanopy provides access to one of the most unique collections of films in the world-including award winning documentaries, indie and foreign films, must see classics, blockbuster movies and theatrical releases.

8 August, 2020

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21 March, 2020

Remote Services & Online Support

For more information about continuing and expanded services and online resources, see this page.

11 March, 2020

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9 March, 2020

Covid-19 Updates

9 March, 2020

1001 Chairs-Book Display

Check out the new book display on chairs!

26 February, 2020

The Library Project Space Exhibit

Check out the new exhibit at the Library Project Space. The exhibit 'The Invisible Construction - Farah Series' is by by Haya Daher, Graphic Designer, Communications department. 

Islamic patterns are created from invisible grids called construction lines. The grid is essential for building the pattern and it determines the scales of the compositions to keep the pattern accurate. This exhibition will reveal some of these invisible construction lines within the final pattern. 

9 February, 2020

Artists’ Book Display

Check out our Artists' Book Display!

Artists' books are works of art that utilize some kind of form of the book. They are often published in small editions, and are sometimes one-of-a-kind art objects. At VCUarts Qatar, the Artists’ Book collection is developed to inspire students and faculty and to support their research and curriculum needs. Our priority is collecting works by regional artists, artists working in the MENA region and contemporary Arab artists, but we also collect works that are unique due to design, technique, tools, materials or perspective with the aim of adding diversity to the collection and inspiring the community!

While the VCUarts Qatar Artists’ Book Collection requires special housing and preservation within the Special Collections, the collection is catalogued and available for study and research.

29 January, 2020

Woven Wonder - Indian Textiles—FEATURED BOOK DISPLAY

India’s glorious textiles have been valued across the globe for centuries. The astounding variety of India’s textiles reflects an unbroken tradition of craftsmanship passed down from generation to generation.

Check out our new featured book dislay to learn more about India's great tradition of textiles.

15 January, 2020

The Library Project Space Exhibit

Check out the new exhibit at the Library Project Space. The exhibit 'Mind the White Walls' is by the PAPR student Yara Elfouly. In this exhibition, academic learning and creative practices are synthesized through journals and loose pages that detail some of the visual research, notes and studies made to document and investigate moments of inspiration.

14 January, 2020

Featured Book Display

Check out our new featured book display on diversity, equity and inclusion!

10 December, 2019

Farfasha-The Fall Library Fest

The VCUQ community had an entertaining afternoon with 'FARFASHA'-The Fall Library Fest! The end of the semester celebration was a fun filled event with music, performances, games, henna and food.

10 December, 2019

The Library Project Space Exhibit

Check out the new exhibit at the Library Project Space! The exhibit 'Jinnah -The Resilient' is curated by the honors student Daniah Farooq.

10 December, 2019

‘Judge My Cover’-Book Display

‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ goes the old saying. But is it always true? Definitely not when it comes to art and design students. For them a book can also be regarded as a visual object and its details, including typography, materials, and layout can turn the act of reading into a wonderful experience.

Check out our book display ‘Judge My Cover’! The display showcases books from the general collection that are special because of their visual design elements. The display demonstrates different perspectives and possibilities in book design.

29 October, 2019

Collective Strengths-installation

The installation 'Collective Strengths' is comprised of 296 tiles to showcase the individual and collective strengths of the freshman class. Recently UNIV 101 students participated in an atypical library orientation. Students engaged in a series of hands-on activities over the course of two weeks to connect with the VCUarts Qatar Libraries team and learn about each unit’s collections, spaces and resources. Students reflected on who they are as emerging artists and designers to create four tiles that visually portray their sense of self and their strengths with the understanding that knowing one’s strengths is a key influence on creative focus and success.

Check out the timelapse video for the installation!

10 October, 2019

‘Fully Booked’ Exhibit

Come check out the Fully Booked exhibit in the Art and Design Library!

A team from the  Art and Design Library and Fashion Design departments have created this beautiful dress made from book jackets. It was inspired by a Chanel dress from the Spring Summer Collection of 2016 that was worn by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, during a visit to Tunisia in 2017. This two-piece fashion ensemble was created by manipulating vibrant book jackets into a pliable weave to mimic the classic tweed pattern that has been associated with the iconic fashion designer since the 1920s

Check out the exhibit in the Art and Design Library to learn more about the story and inspiration of this cross-departmental, collaborative exhibit.

9 October, 2019

Grab-and-Go a Book Bundle!

Want to learn more about how light influences our emotions? Curious as to how the color gold has shaped our lives? 

Try one of our grab-and-go Book Bundles on display in the Art and Design Library.  Each bundle contains 3-5 books about a topic from a variety of fun angles.

9 October, 2019


Damien Hirst is one of the worlds most recognized contemporary artists. He is a British conceptual artist who has shocked the art world with his take on beauty and unusual works. Check out our book display to learn more about his works!

11 September, 2019


The Writing Center announces Walk-In Wednesdays! A member of the Writing Center staff will be available in the library from 1:00-4:00 pm every Wednesday for short 5-15 min sessions to help with quick tips and questions.

9 September, 2019

Materials Library

The Materials Library at VCUarts Qatar was established in 2010 as a creative resource that provides inspiration, knowledge, instruction, and consultation to the school’s community and the wider public. The only one of its kind in the Arab Gulf Region, the unique facility houses a circulating collection of thousands of diverse material samples from around the world, including catalogs, and printed literature. Visitors are encouraged to physically interact with and browse the curated collection in order to understand and experience the tactile properties of materials. 

The Materials Library is located in Rm. 101 on the Ground Floor of VCUarts Qatar, adjacent to the Main Entrance of the building. 

1 September, 2019

Shades of Gray-Book display

Life is not black or white, nor are the books in our display titled ‘shades of gray’. In this display, books are arranged as color shades of gray for the artists and designers who think visually!!! 

28 July, 2019

Filmakers Library Online

'Filmakers Library Online' is an amazing addition to our database collection. This database gives you access to award-winning documentaries and independent films, presenting points of view and historical and current experiences from diverse cultures and traditions world-wide. Check out Filmakers Library Online.

22 May, 2019

Spotlight-Michael Wirtz

Check out this video, where Michael Wirtz, Head of Research and Library Technology reflects on current practices in art and design librarianship, the unique information needs of arts, designers and art historians, and his need to always be engaged in research. 

27 April, 2019

Library Stories-Display

Stop by the library to enjoy some library stories! Our main display consists of a collection of reference questions that we received. They are bits of stories that eventually became part of bigger stories. Some of them developed into your final thesis, some became an art piece, some completely changed your viewpoints and so on. Although the display is a selective collection, it shows the range and variety of questions that library staff respond to on a daily basis. Come and see if you can identify your question in the collection!

26 April, 2019

DANDANA-The Spring Library Fest

The VCUQ community had an entertaining afternoon with 'DANDANA'-The Spring Library Fest! The end of the semester celebration was a fun filled event with music, performances, games, henna and food.

11 April, 2019

Behind the masks-Featured display

Who masks and why? Masking is a universal phenomenon, deeply rooted in cultural and social context. Like human face, masks can be interpreted in multiple angles. Apart from their multiplicity of meanings, the aesthetics of these artworks are fascinating. Check out our featured book display and learn the stories behind the masks!

8 April, 2019

Capsure-New at the Materials Library

Capsure is now available at the Materials Library! With Capsure, a color matching device, one will be able to find the Pantone number of a certain color, simply through scanning the surface or material.

26 March, 2019

Innovative Media Studios (IMS)-Open House

 The Innovative Media Studios (IMS) at VCUarts Qatar organized an open house. The attendees got a chance to learn more about the IMS facilities, studios and equipments. Virtual Reality (VR) Station was one of the highlights of the open house.

14 March, 2019

David Adjaye’s visit to the Library

Sir David Adjaye OBE is the Principal and Founder of Adjaye Associates. He was the opening keynote speaker of Tasmeem Doha 2019. He visited the library and signed the books authored by him in the library collection. Books by David Adjaye are on dislay at the library.

28 February, 2019

Art in the Library

Nour Elbasuni is a recent Painting and Printmaking alumna of VCUarts Qatar. Check out this video, where Nour reflects on her painting titled Guardians and her decision to depict Arab countries as women. 

27 February, 2019

New books in the Materials Library

The Real Wood BibleRadical Matters,Stone SamplerMaterial AlchemyThe Elements, and Stuff Matters. These are just some of the new additions in our bookcollection at the Materials Library. 

To browse through our inspiring collection, pass by the Materials Library! 

26 February, 2019


Do you have questions about citing images in Chicago? The Writing Center now has a guide for that! 

24 February, 2019

The art of the end- A visual celebration of the book endpaper

An endpaper is a leaf of paper at the beginning or end of a book, especially one fixed to the inside of the cover. They are often overlooked. In our excitement to read the book, we seldom notice them. They are not admired like a book cover and no one judges a book by its endpaper. But book endpapers are an art form with the charm and history of its own.

Please stop by the library to enjoy some of the endpaper designs!

20 February, 2019

Maggie Hager’s visit to the Library

Maggie Hager, the wife of the former Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, John Henry Hager, visited the library as part of the university visit.

She was accompanied by Heather Baker and Jacqulyn Williams led the library tour.

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4 February, 2019



In history as in fiction, libraries have long been associated as places of knowledge, discovery, and preservation, and librarians as the experts who facilitate lifelong learning and inquiry. In the world of contemporary fantasy, these library experts are called Maesters and feature prominently in the TV series Game of Thrones.

The VCUarts Qatar Libraries team is the Maesters of today, focused on the development of knowledge through inquiry, scholarship, and creative works across our classrooms and studios. We are a team of experts in: materials, information, multimedia, and writing committed to providing the highest quality educational experience to the VCUarts Qatar community.
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9 January, 2019

Getting Your Feet Wet with Open Educational Resources (OERs)

As part of the Library Events & Workshop Series Spring 2019, the VCUarts Qatar Libraries presents,

What: Getting Your Feet Wet with Open Educational Resources (OERs)

When: January 22nd from 3:30-4:30pm

Where: Library Conference Room, 106i

This presentation will focus on introducing faculty and staff to OERs and free digital resources. Participants will learn how to: 

  • Search and locate relevant materials related to art and design quickly
  • How to organize materials
  • How to self publish OERs
  • Best practices for authoring OERs with students as pedagogical practice. 
  • Brief introduction to copyright and licensing

Presented via Zoom by Thomas Woodward, Associate Director of Innovation at the Academic Learning Transformation Lab (ALTLab), Hillary Miller, Scholarly Communications Librarian at Cabell Library, and the VCUarts Qatar Library. 

Food will be provided. 

26 November, 2018

LOST & FOUND-The Library Display

Do objects have lives? Do they tell you stories? Do you ever miss your lost things?

Please check out our new display titled 'LOST & FOUND'. The display showcases objects from the library lost and found box. The collection ranges from a dried lemon to a lifebuoy. The display also highlights books on objects and the role they play in culture and everyday life.

4 November, 2018

Tactile Materials

We experience everything because of materials - they make up our environments, and the objects we interface with. There is no better way of understanding materials than by interacting with them.

Watch this video highlighting some of the materials at the VCUarts Qartar Materials Library!

29 October, 2018


Banksy is a British street artist and activist who, despite his international fame, has maintained an anonymous identity. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stenciling technique. 

Check out our featured book display on Banksy and learn more about him and his art!

16 October, 2018

LinkedIn Makeover: Is Your LinkedIn Profile Recruitment Ready?

The VCUarts Qatar Libraries kicked off an Events & Workshops Series for VCUarts Qatar faculty, staff, and students. The third one in the series is 'LinkedIn Makeover: Is Your LinkedIn Profile Recruitment Ready?' During this workshop faculty, staff and students will learn the best practices of creating a LinkedIn profile that will attract potential employers and expand one's professional network. Participants will also have a chance to get a professional headshot taken in a studio setting. This workshop is presented by the Main Library and Career Services. Light lunch will be provided. 

WHEN: 27 November, Tuesday from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Library Conference Room, 106i.

2 October, 2018

Wheel throwing demo-Clay Encounters+Materials Library

The Materials Library at VCUarts Qatar organized a wheel throwing demo by Reema Abu Hassan, MFA Student, and owner of Clay Encounters at the Pearl. 

This workshop is put together by the Materials Library at VCUarts Qatar in an effort to invite local artisans/craftspeople/designers/studios to share their material processes and work with the VCUarts Qatar community.

10 September, 2018

An Artist’s Library

How has the Library jumpstarted your creativity as an artist or designer?

Watch this video to learn about one student's discovery that the library collections truly have something for everyone and how one particular book inspired her work.  

10 September, 2018

WHAT’S ALL THIS STUFF? A look into the Materials Library

Please stop by the Saffron Hall  to enjoy the exhibition titled 'What's all this stuff' put together by the Materials Library at VCUarts Qatar. 

The Materials Library at VCUarts Qatar is the only one of its kind in the region, and houses a collection of thousands of material samples from local and international sources. There is no better way of understanding materials than by interacting with them. The purpose of the Material Library is to fuel creativity by exposing individuals to a wide range of materials. It is a space to research, to inspire, and to understand the practical, emotional, and sensory aspect of materials. 

The exhibition runs through Sep 22, 2018.

9 September, 2018

Art in the Library

For the Fall 2018 Art in the Library series we are proud to exhibit the work by Ali Khan, VCUarts Qatar faculty in Fashion. The installation titled Re-editions is an interactive exhibition of clothes, accessories and attitude.

Please stop by the library to enjoy this incredible work!

12 July, 2018

Ceramic art-Featured book display

Check out our featured book display on ceramic art.

In simple terms, ceramics may be defined as objects made of baked clay. They are one of the most enduring of human artefacts, telling their own story of human history and culture.

26 April, 2018

Dji Osmo Mobile Stabilizer-New at the Innovative Media Studio

 Dji Osmo mobile stabilizer turns your smartphone into a smart motion camera and will allow you to create smooth, professional looking shots. Check it out at the Innovative Media Studio.

24 April, 2018

20 years of events at VCUarts Qatar

Come and see the latest 20th anniversary celebration from the VCUarts Qatar Archives collection currently on display in the library. This trip down the memory lane contains a variety of invitations, flyers and programs!

27 March, 2018

Vantablack- New at the Materials Library

The VCUarts Qatar Materials Library is proud to acquire Vantablack, world's darkest manmade material!

Vantablack absorbs 99.965% of light. The name Vanta stands for Vertically Aligned Nanotube Array. It is made by growing tubes made of carbon with walls 1 atom thick, onto a 3D nanostructure surface that resembles a forest of many millions of tubes. Designed for uses such as preventing stray light entering sensitive telescopes, it can also be used for thermal camouflage, in art pieces, and potentially for architectural interiors, even product design!

Visit the Materials Library to check out the samples!

26 March, 2018

The Australian Ambassador’s visit

The Australian Ambassador to Qatar, His Excellency Dr Axel Wabenhorst visited VCU arts Qatar library. 
He was given a guided tour of the library by Amy Andres, the Director of the Libraries. He was invited to browse a selection of books on Australian art, architecture, design and Australian Aboriginal art.

25 March, 2018

Student projects in the library

Check out the amazing student projects by the Interior Design students displayed in the library.

12 March, 2018

She, Her, Hers.

Check out the new book display celebrating women! 

4 March, 2018

‘20 years of exhibitions at VCUarts Qatar Gallery’

Come and see the latest 20th anniversary celebration from the VCUarts Qatar Archives Collection currently on display in the Library - '20 years of exhibitions at VCUarts Qatar Gallery'.  This trip down memory lane contains a variety of invitations, flyers and programs.

4 March, 2018

‘20 years of exhibitions at VCUarts Qatar’

As part of the 20th year celebrations, the VCUarts Qatar Archives creates a digital display of images showcasing the 20 years of amazing exhibitions at VCUarts Qatar. Check out the display at the library!

18 February, 2018

‘Toy Stories’- A book display on toys

Check out our new book display on toys.

No matter where and when we grew up, everyone has some memory of toys that they grew up with. Our toy stories are inextricably woven into our memories and our collective identities. Enjoy our book display and take a trip back in to that simpler and innocent time called childhood.

4 February, 2018

‘Once upon a time’-A featured book display on folktales.

Check out our new featured display on folklores.

Among the most enduring memories of all are the tales heard in childhood. But why do we tell stories? Where do our familiar folktales come from and how old are they? Do folktales have hidden meaning? What do the popular entertainment forms of today have in common with the traditional tales inherited from the distant past? Check out the display and learn about the stories behind the stories.

1 February, 2018

Keep track of the latest books we have available

See our newest books on our 'Good Reads' list:

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