Cities – the library is the memory of a country and a house

The Roman orator Cicero said, “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” This saying, made more than two thousand years ago by the philosopher of his time, could have lived longer if one of its corners had gone beyond human ability. The garden, which means the orchard, has today become a luxury enjoyed by only a few people, while the majority depend on the markets for fruit, vegetables and the rest of the food. However, the library has for people as a place remained. such as the “muna house”, which is indispensable for family members.

There is no doubt that acquiring books is related to income levels, and varies from place to place, but it is rare to find a home without books. The library inside the house has become one of the indispensable necessities, and there are houses that contain libraries full of books that no one of the family members can approach, and it is present as a decoration. There are those who see it as detracting from the value of the book, while the presence of the book in the house has a symbolic meaning, albeit for the sake of decoration.

Until recently, there were no large-scale private libraries due to the non-distribution of books and high prices.However, private offices have become commonplace in the homes of intellectuals, politicians, artists, and even the military since the early 1970s. merchants, after being confined to the homes of specialized personalities such as Attorneys and Professors. Public libraries were not affected by the rise and distribution of private libraries, but rather coexisted, and continued to evolve according to the laws of the times, and the private library became a memory at home, while the public library changed into a reminder of the country and a reference, often by people to search for everything they did not find in their private libraries. Until recently, it was public libraries that guided the cultural trends of those interested, given the high prices of books and newspapers and the absence of the Internet, and the librarian played a key role in promoting certain books.

The Argentine poet Jorge Luis Borges gave the library the rank of paradise and said in one of his conversations: “I always imagined that heaven would be a kind of library.” It does not separate here between the personal library and the public library, or between the modern and the old, and the majority of those who deal with respect for reading and writing share it. This opinion comes first from an exceptional reader described as a “bookworm”, then from the director of the Library of the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, and finally from a person whose relationship with writing and writing has changed to the age of fifty, when he became seriously ill and became blind. Either way, it’s a striking view of where Einstein said, “The only thing you absolutely need to know is the location of the library.”

The library is where the present, the past and the future meet, and the place where children ask questions about the world and get answers. “Librarians save lives by delivering the right book, at the right time, to a child in need,” says children’s story writer Judy Bloom.

Each of us has our own library within the library, and those who seek science differ from those who are tempted by literature, and as much as the positions of readers and writers at the library converge, the same goes for people and countries. When the Americans and British talk about the book, they consider it an invaluable weapon and focus on the educational dimension, so many donations go to educational books, while the French and Italians look at its spiritual and intellectual value, and the Germans turn to science. These different views form the standards of the book industry and publishing.

The library is essential for everyone’s lives, but the views differ. American novelist and filmmaker Norman Mailer once said, “In my day, the library was a wonderful place. We did not have visual aids and we did not have different programs, it was a refuge, so I tend to believe that the library must remain a knowledge center. ” As for civil rights lawyer in the United States, Malcolm X, “My school was good books and library. I could read the rest of my life, just to satisfy my curiosity. “Actress Michelle Rodriguez admits,” I was basically a rebel. I was kicked out of six schools. But I do not think it makes you less intelligent. You know, if you crave knowledge, there’s always a library. “While the famous basketball player, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said,” I’m not comfortable being a preacher, but more people need so much time in the library spend as they do on the basketball court. ”

Naguib Mahfouz tells Raja ‘al-Naqqash in the book “Pages from Naguib Mahfouz’s Memoirs”: “I was glad to work in the library, because whoever works in it, no one remembers him after that, and it would be an opportunity for me to work between the books, like the library director Hassan al-Sindoubi, who did nothing but read and write, and I think he issued an explanation and investigation of Al-Mutanabbi’s Diwan. ” It was not long after this “blessing” that the Director of Religious Affairs Sheikh Sayed Zahran returned him as his office manager, and told him, “Our Wafdiete do not persecute others.”


(Qatar National Library)

On the threshold of the twenty-first century, all cultural institutions, including libraries, had to face the challenges of the computer age. The computer and the internet have become one of the most important sources of information for the modern reader, and skeptics talk about the sunset of the library era, but reading and borrowing books still make up the bulk of the activities of any library. Anyone who enters a well-known library in any country will find it full of visitors, including readers and book readers. Undoubtedly, the role and benefit of the library is growing. And the work that does not fall from the bill and can be crossed off from career learning is the librarian, who exercises his role to this day. No matter how technology advances, it is very important to provide a place to meet, a space to connect. This is very important because everything accelerates and technical means enter the reading process and the distribution of the book in a very concrete way. Even a municipal library in a remote city offers its readers and visitors an advantage, and even for those who miss it or no longer need it and will find everything on the internet.

Wide range of conferences, meetings with readers and writers. All of these now make up a library, and it becomes an integral part of a librarian’s work.

In the ranking of the 15 most beautiful libraries in the world, there is only one Arab library, the National Library of Qatar, designed by the Dutch architectural firm OMA, and is a very pleasant aesthetic space, with a unique exterior and spacious interior. With a focus in design on light and vision, bookshelves here stretch across the balconies on both sides of the large library, while there are light-colored marble blocks that house the heritage archive and important collections at a depth of 6 meters in the middle of the building on the Arab-Islamic civilization.

Of the 15 most beautiful libraries in the world, there are three in the United States (New York, Seattle, Washington), and the rest are distributed between Austria, Portugal, Germany, Brazil, the Czech Republic, China, Ireland (Dublin), Switzerland , Mexico (Mexico), South Korea and Finland.

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