Parliament Library with a history of one hundred years old is one of the fundamental institutions of Iran contemporary civilization. With the establishment of Constitution in Iran (1906), some of the intellectual Parliament representatives suggested to dedicate a building to a library in order to gather essential sources of knowledge for the Parliament members. It was the first Asian Parliamentary Library.
Rudi Matthee won the 21st World Book Award of the Islamic Republic of Iran for his 'Persia in Crisis: Safavid Decline and the Fall of Isfahan'. He said that he will travel to Iran whenever he gets a chance to purchase historical books.