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Reading Halls are where service is provided to readers at NLI. Customers can order materials to be delivered to them from other parts of the library, particularly form closed stacks, at the desks located in Reading Halls. There are 4 Reading Halls, each named after a prominenent Iranian of Moslem scholar of artist.
Kharazmi Hall (manuscripts and rare books)
The collection of this Hall includes manuscripts and manuscripts, lithographic books, and rare books. The collection here is one of the most valuable collections of manuscript documents in the world. Most of the manuscripts and documents in this collection are by great Iranian authors in the fields of literature, history, philosophy and mysticism, Islamic jurisprudence and doctrine, medicine and astronomy, as well as the very first Persian translations of western books and works of calligraphy by grand masters of the art in Iran. The most ancient book in this hall is Ketabol Ekhlas (Book of Purity) by Adib Natanzi written nearly a millennium ago.
There are close to an extra one million pages of manuscript documents in this trove. These documents include priceless manuscript, historical documents of all Iranian archives. Around 3oo decrees issued by the kings and princes of the Safavid and Qajar Dynasties are also kept here, the oldest of which being one by King Tahmasb of the Safavid Dynasty.
Furthermore, a unique collection of documents manuscript personally by Naser al-Din Shah, the longest-ruling king of the Qajar Dynasty is kept in this trove which are most treasured due to their exquisitely beautiful gildings. Last but not least, about 13,000 lithographic books from Iran and other countries are accessible in Kharazmi Hall.
Nasir al-Din al-Tusi Hall (Periodicals)
The periodicals trove of the National Library of Iran is as old as the Library herself and represents the most exhaustive archive of Iranian periodicals. Apart from newspapers and magazines and journals, newsletters, seminar bulletins and any other circulated publications are kept here. An archive of old and contemporary periodicals of Iran is accessible to users in this trove. Aside from Persian periodicals, users can also have access to periodicals published in Arabic and English.
Kamal al-Molk Hall (Non-book materials)
Non-book resources include microfilms, dissertations, posters, reports, slides, stamps, photographs, postcards, brochures, computer software, audio books and other audiovisual media. In this trove, a large number of MA/MSc and PhD dissertations, photos, announcements, maps, slides, and the like are preserved and accessible to users. The number of photos and slides alone reaches 150,000.
Ibn Nadim Hall (References & Bibliographies)
Here general reference books such as encyclopaedias, dictionaries, biographies, who's who’s, bibliographies, abstracts, thematic tables/lists are kept. It also contains an extensive collection of library and information science materials.
al- Razi Hall (Science & Technology)
This collection is rich in mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, palaeontology, computer science, engineering, medicine and agriculture. Razi Hall is the busiest in the National Library due to the availability of the latest reference sources on science and technology.
Children & Young Adults Hall
Preparations are under way to set up a model library for children and young adults. Every possible effort has been made to observe international standards in its design.
Special Library for Visually Impaired People
In this section, resources and reading tools for visually impaired users are available.
Ibn Sina Hall (Humanities & Social Sciences)
This trove is dedicated to books in disciplines such as philosophy, religion, psychology, history, geography, social and political science, economics, law, arts and literature. Ibn Sina Hall is the most spacious hall of the National Library. Its collection of reference resources in English is unique across the country.
Sohrevardi Hall (Iranian & Islamic studies)
This trove is one of the largest collections of works on Iran and Islam mostly written in western languages. Since it was established in 1937, the NLI collected sources on Iranian studies. In 1963, this collection was moved to a separate hall and gradually grew to an important part of the NLI colection. After the 1979 Revolution, it was named Iranian and Islamic Studies Collection and enjoyed considerable growth. Books in this trove are mostly in English, French, German and Russian. Journals of western travellers visited Iran are among the most impelling reads in the trove. Some of these journals were written over 400 years ago. Aside from books, non-Persian/Arabic periodicals and dissertations on Iranian and Islamic studies are also kept here.
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