25 Libraries That Changed the World

Libraries, especially those open to the public, perfectly embody the idea that education and culture exist as a basic human right, not the exclusive domain of the privileged elite....
#11. Central Library of Astan Quds Razavi: Since 1457, the one million volumes owned by the Central Library of Astan Quds Razavi headquartered in Mashad have provided deep insight into Islamic thought, history, math, and science. Over time, its collection of rare and ancient manuscripts has spread to 35 different locations all categorized under one heading, spread mostly over Iran, but also stretching as far as India.

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