“Pérez-Salmerón will visit different sections of National Library and sign a memorandum of understanding with the library,Mozaffar Pasdar-Shirazi, the official in charge of the week-long anniversary program (February 24-30), as saying.

A series of meetings are also scheduled for the Tehran event.

In 1851, Dar ul-Funun, the first modern university and modern institution of higher learning was established in Tehran. Twelve years later, a small library was annexed to the prestigious center. Later, the library became the nucleus of the National Library.

As per available data, in 2009 the library had two million books, one million non-book items like photos and theses, four million magazines, 16,000 audio books and 1,000 books in Braille available for the blind. It also stores 28,000 old manuscripts of which over 26,000 are books of lithography.

An independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions is based in the Hague, Netherlands. It is the leading international body representing the interest of people who rely on libraries and information professionals.

Source: Financial Tribune