0533 GMT January 21, 2022
The national libraries of Iran and Azerbaijan signed an agreement in Baku to expand library cooperation.
The agreement was signed in an online ceremony attended by Iran’s Ambassador to Baku Seyyed Abbas Mousavi, Iran’s Cultural Attaché to Azerbaijan Qorban-Ali Pourmarjan, Director of Azerbaijan National Library Karim Tahirov, and Director of National Library and Archives of Iran Ashraf Boroujerdi.
The signed agreement highlights sharing information and experiences as well as exchanging documents and experts, holding specialized courses and workshops and also research collaborations between the two libraries, IRNA wrote.
Tahirov described the cultural and library relations between the two countries with a long history and expressed hope that these ties will further develop.
According to him, the National Library of Azerbaijan, with about five million book titles, is the largest library in the country, which had up to 1,500 daily visitors and users before the coronavirus outbreak, but is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Mousavi listed some points including the need to participate in the book markets of both countries to expand cooperation.
Mousavi said that the National Library and Archives of Iran is very professional in restoring and repairing old books and manuscripts, adding that Azerbaijan could send its people to Tehran for receiving education in this field.
The Iranian library has a very high position among researchers because of having more than three million books, thousands of documents, and more than 40,000 manuscripts besides very extensive services to professors, students, and researchers, Boroujerdi added.
According to earlier reports, it is very important for the National Library and Archives of Iran to develop relationships with libraries of friends and neighboring countries, especially Azerbaijan.