News ID: 14322
Published: 0323 GMT October 26, 2014

Two Iranian libraries on IFLA must-see list

Two Iranian libraries on IFLA must-see list

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has included two Iranian libraries in its library guide titled '1001 Libraries to See Before You Die'.

One of the libraries belongs to Astan Quds Razavi Foundation in Mashhad, Khorasan Razavi province, and the other to Bazar Cultural House in Tehran, IRNA reported.

The Central Library of Astan Quds Razavi was established before 1457. It holds over 1.1 million volumes. It is an international center for Islamic research, containing numerous manuscripts and rare works of antiquity of Islamic history.

At the beginning of summer, IFLA issued call ups to all countries, asking them to introduce notable libraries to the federation.

The call up listed a number of criteria, including architecture of the libraries, their geographic location as well as the creative plans undertaken at the libraries.

A total of 25 countries have so far introduced their libraries to the federation.

The main reason the federation has chosen the Iranian Bazar Library is because it is located in Sultan Beigom's (one of the relatives of Naser al-Din Shah Qajar) house which has a very beautiful and historic building and a mirror hall.

The library boasts about 600,000 volumes of books on a variety of subjects.

The building of the library dates back to 150 years. It covers an area of 800 square meters.

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