Thursday, September 29, 2016

The world's oldest library

The world's oldest library,  al-Qarawiyyin Library, is in Fez, Morocco. It was founded by a woman! and has been operating since 859 AD. In 2012 an assessment of the facility found that it was rotting due to water running through the roof and underneath the building. In addition to major structure changes to preserve the building, a lab now digitizes some of the text to help make them available. It is now open to the public, not just a few scholars. It is a beautiful building with amazing collections. I hope to hear more about the collections in the future. See some amazing images and read more about it here http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/29/travel/worlds-oldest-library-al-qarawiyyin/index.html

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