CAIS -- Head of Iran National Library and Documents
Organization Ali Akbar Ash’ari said that invaluable
books from the national library have been digitalized and
will be accessible on website by the first half of the
next Iranian year (beginning March 21, 2006).
He told reporters that the organization has decided to
provide researchers and those interested in Iranian
history and culture access to a major part of its archive
of books and documents on the Internet.
The organization will provide academic centers with an
index of books and documents maintained at the library for
use as topics of research studies and treatises of
university graduates, he noted.
Ash’ari said that Iran’s National Library and
Documents Organization plans to sign agreements with its
counterparts in other countries to exchange books and
documents for research studies.
He recalled that an accord with Poland’s institute for
national documents and reference library was the latest
agreement it has signed with a foreign country.
The official said that very significant documents and
reference books are being kept at the library and called
for government’s contribution in maintaining national
Asked whether the organization was ready to buy old books,
he said that a special committee of prominent figures and
historians has been set up to evaluate precious books.
Ash’ari said that designing comprehensive software for
Iran National Library has been completed and it will be