World's Oldest Library to Reopen
on 20 September 2016
Founded in the ninth century by Fatima al-Fihri, the Qarawiyyin library is set to reopen to the public in Fez, Morocco. Believed to be the oldest library in the world, it was built as part of a complex which also housed the Qarawiyyin Mosque and Qarawiyyin University (the oldest higher education institution) and has been restored by architect Aziza Chaouni. Also a Fez resident, Chaouni says the process was "like healing wounds." With special temperature and humidity control, one reading room is home to "a ninth-century copy of the Qur’an, written in ornate Kufic script on camel skin." Read more at The Guardian.