A Library for Timbuktu

In the 16th century Timbuktu was a famous university town, full of students and scribes. Unfortunately, today the remnants of its libraries are in desperate straits, with dust, termites, rain and mice constantly taking a toll on those that survive. But now there is hope: a state of the art library has landed in the dilapidated center of Timbuktu, offering the best hope of preserving and analyzing the town’s literary treasures. After several years of building and delays, the doors are finally about to open at the Ahmed Baba Institute, a £16,428,265 project paid for by the South African government. <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8386866.stm">BBC has the story</a>
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