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Lebanese National Library

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Sanayeh, Beirut district

Viscount Philippe de Tarazi, (1865-1906), a historian and a bibliophile, had a rich personal collection made up of more than 200,000 works, some 3,000 invaluable manuscripts, along with the first issues of periodicals published in the region, and inestimable documents in the history of Arab and Middle Eastern press. Soon, he became aware that a country like Lebanon, depositary of a culture that is more than 6,000 years old, couldn't blossom culturally in its immediate environment and beyond if it didn't preserve first and foremost its memory, the absence of which means the absence of civilization.

Under the pressure of Lebanese intellectuals, supported by the reports of a mission financed by the European Union, the National Library was finally recognized in 1999 as a national cultural project. This project, carried by Lebanese admirers of books, led to officially adopting the principle of the National Library Rehabilitation. It also provided an opportunity to elaborate a project at the public level, in which the State exerts all its efforts to enable the Lebanese to fully enjoy their multiculturalism.

Driven by this vision, a private association was born in 2000 with the aim of supporting the project: The Lebanese National Library Foundation.