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Lebanese National Library... Beirut's beating cultural heart

A hall in Lebanese National Library
A hall in Lebanese National Library

Photo feature by Ayoub Khaddaj

BEIRUT, April 22 (KUNA) -- Established in 1921, the Lebanese National Library is one of the country's cultural jewels due to the large number of books and scripts it houses.
The Library closed to the public in 1979 because of the civil war, and its collection of more than 300,000 publications have been painstakingly restored over almost two decades and are now housed in an imposing red-tiled Ottoman-era complex; the new home for the Library since 1999. (end) ayb.haq