About the Library
Why "The Parliaments Library"?
By Mohammad Rajabi, Former President of Parliament Library, Museum and Document Center
The Library, Museum and Document Center of the Iranian Islamic Parliament, represents a rare national treasure, containing valuable books, documents and works of art from old times to date. The establishment of this library dates back to the first years of constitution of a parliament in Iran, and it is considered one of the oldest libraries among the Asian and Islamic countries' parliaments. After the Islamic revolution of 1979, and in the light of the cultural identity of this revolution, the Library enjoyed particular attention in such a way that it gradually became the second largest library in the whole country. Very valuable and
exquisite manuscripts and published books, from ancient times up to present date, as well as a comprehensive set of Iranian modern and contemporary history journals can be found in this library.
In addition, it is important to make note of the valuable historical documents kept in this center, majority of them being also saved in electronic format, serving as a very good source for historians and researchers to benefit from, in order to research on Iranian modern and contemporary history. Besides, the museum of the Iranian Parliament, having forums of pictures, statues, and historical objects, as well as forum of gifts and art works; narrates Iranian political alterations during the past 100 years. Another important aspect of The Library of the Iranian Parliament is the special section on Iranian and Islamic Studies, called Library 2. This is a precious collection of approximately fifty thousand book titles in different languages, including Arabic, English and French. Besides, there are about 2000 volumes of authentic manuscripts on Islamic, Iranian or Eastern Studies as well as some extremely rare geographical maps of Iranian, Islamic or Eastern territories.
As old as the history of human civilization, Iran is a large land inheriting from pre-history ages up until to date. This land contains countless cultural treasures in itself, each of which having untold stories to tell. Decoding these valuable treasures is an important step toward a better understanding of history, and therefore more nearness among humans based on common understanding. Research works on Iranian Studies are also carried out outside Iranian borders by historians, researchers and orientalists. Therefore, by publishing this magazine, the Library, Museum and Document Center of the Iranian Islamic Parliament aims at creating a bridge between "Iranian People's House" and libraries across borders, particularly national libraries and parliament libraries of other countries, putting a step forward toward strengthening cultural relations with different nations. The present, is the issue number "One" of a magazine that is planned to be published every two months, such that, on the one hand, it carries the cultural message of Iranian People's House to you, and on the other hand, to provide a place for publishing reports, comments
and works of all of you who are interested in Iranian culture and art. Continuous contact with national libraries, parliament libraries and cultural and scientific centers; can lead to useful bilateral relations. Exchanging experiences through visits and mobility of researchers, and sharing new findings, can strengthen bilateral and multilateral cultural relations among countries. We warmly welcome you for such collaborations! Besides, we appreciate any comments you might have on the form and content of this
The Journal of The Parliament's Library, No. 1, Aug.-Sept., 2013, p. 3.