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Iranian National Museum library holds 23,000 archaeological books

Head of the Iranian National Museum library, Mohammad Reza Riazi, declared in Tehran on Tuesday that the library, holding 23,000 volumes of archaeological books on Iran and neighboring areas, is among the world's unique libraries, IRNA reported.

He said that the library currently owns 12,000 volumes of books in English, German, French, Italian and Russian, and 6,000 in Persian and Arabic.

"Meanwhile, 200 specialized periodicals and 5,000 books on secondary subjects such as history, literature, geography and natural sciences are also available at the library," he noted.

Riazi noted that around 700 scripts and 4,000 historical documents are also showcased in the Iranian National Museum library.

"The library opened simultaneous with the inauguration of the Ancient Iran Museum and the former Archaeological Department in 1937 with 1,000 volumes of books handed over by the Culture Ministry," he added.

The official reiterated that the books owned by the museum library are of high global value. He added that the available books were received by the Iranian Culture Ministry under the reign of Qajar dynasty from various origins in the world once they were published.

A report released by the public relations department of the Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization said that ever since archaeological excavations by foreign and Iranian experts expanded in Iran, the library's book collection became richer day by day.

"The library owns 30 illustrative stone tablets and over 100 travel accounts," he concluded.

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