National Library of Iran

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National Library of Iran
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Entrance of National Library
Country Iran
Type National library
Established 1937 (80 years ago) (1937)
Location Shahid Haghani Expressway, Davoodiyeh, Vanak square, Tehran
Branches 1 (Shahid Bahonar Street, Niavaran, Tehran)
Items collected books, journals, newspapers, magazines, sound and music recordings, patents, databases, maps, stamps, prints, drawings and manuscripts

15,000,000 total items
1,861,500 books
1,000,211 photos and supervision
4,000,000 publications
105,000 resources for children and adolescents
16,000 talking books
55,158 manuscripts

60,000 music scores
Legal deposit Yes
Access and use
Access requirements Open to anyone with a need to use the collections and services
Other information
Budget 44 billion Iranian Rial (1,446,845 million US Dollar)
Director Ashraf Boroujerdi (president, since 18 March 2017)

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.

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 (eds.). "Iran, Libraries in". Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science. 13. New York: Marcel Dekker. pp. 26–28. 

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