Lebanon National Library project tries to recover once-glorious past

Bob Cox pointed to This One from Lebanon, where they are working on the reconstruction of Lebanon’s National Library.

They say it’s a daunting task. The books, all 145,000 of them, are currently sitting in 3,400 bursting cardboard boxes in the Free Trade Center in the Beirut Port. The boxes haven’t been opened for some 20 years, the contents are uncatalogued and many of them damaged.

A quayside warehouse is an unlikely place for a nation’s library, and the story of how it got there is equally unlikely.