1204 GMT April 21, 2021
Seven hundred public libraries were established across Iran over the past seven years, said the secretary-general of Iran Public Libraries Foundation (IPLF).
Alireza Mokhtarpour added that a number of libraries which were damaged by natural disasters, or were worn out, will be reconstructed soon, IRNA wrote.
He made the remarks during an opening ceremony of a library in Andisheh Shirvan Central Library in North Khorasan Province.
The libraries are of high significance in promoting the culture of book reading, he stated.
Measures have been taken to send books to members by courier in accordance with the health protocols of the coronavirus conditions in the yellow and orange zones, Mokhtarpour added.
A provincial official, Ali Beigzadeh, said that the development of any country depends on the development of its libraries, and the construction of these centers is a kind of cultural investment.
He added, “Currently, there are 72 libraries, with 840,000 book titles, and 50,000 members in North Khorasan, which shows the people’s enthusiasm for books.”