National Library of Iran

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The Niavaran branch of the National Library of Iran offers a pleasant environment for its users.
A scale model of the building of National Library of Iran

The National Library of Iran (NLI) is located in Tehran, Iran, with several branches scattered throughout the city.

Prior to the library's official inauguration in 1937, other libraries existed that performed the same function informally. The first prototype of a national library in Iran was the Library of Dar al-Funun College, established in 1851. In 1899, another library called the "Nation's Library" was inaugurated in Tehran.[1]

The present National Library of Iran incorporates many different collections from older libraries, including many rare and valuable manuscripts. The central main branch is located in north central Tehran and is still under its final stages of construction.

Inside new building

The new building is specially designed to combine different faculties of the library in a single platform. The library by itself is over 90,000 m2, one of the largest library campuses in the Middle East. It encompasses 5 separate halls, each hall dedicated to a different faculty, including Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, Science and Science Education, and Health Studies.

It took over the publishing of the Iranian National Bibliography (Ketab Shenasi Melli Iran), with annual publications between 1962 and 1966, a break for two years, and then monthly and quartly since 1969.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Murray, S. (2009). The library : an illustrated history / Stuart A.P. Murray ; introduction by Donald G. Davis, Jr. ; foreword by Nicholas A. Basbanes. New York, NY : Skyhorse Pub. ; Chicago : ALA Editions, 2009.
  2. ^ George Chandler (1971). "Iran". Libraries in the East: an International and Comparative Study. Seminar Press. pp. 39–50. ISBN 0-12-815550-7. 
  3. ^ Allen Kent, Harold Lancour, Jay E. Daily (ed.). "Iran, Libraries in". Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science 13. New York: Marcel Dekker. pp. 26–28. 

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