Ashraf Boroujerdi, the director of the National Library and Archives of Iran, and Bakhtjamal Osmanova, the head of Kazakhstan’s National Library in Almaty, discussed ways to improve cooperation between the two libraries.

Osmanova said that in 2005, the Kazakhstan National Library dedicated a pavilion for Iran to promote its culture, civilization, and literature, adding that this helped the Kazakh people to gain a better knowledge of Iran.

She pointed to Kazakhstan’s treasury of seven million volumes of books and valuable manuscripts, saying that the oldest manuscript in the Kazakhstan National Library is a copy of the Holy Qur’an which dates back to the 12th century BCE.

Boroujerdi hailed the ongoing cooperation between the two libraries.

She said that the National Library and Archives of Iran has digitized a large part of its manuscripts and made them public, adding that the library is ready to interact with Kazakhstan’s library on swapping digitized manuscripts and holding scientific webinars.

Boroujerdi also welcomed launching a Kazakhstan Desk in the Iranian library.

Source: Iran Daily