Library, Museum and Document Center of Iran Parliament

About the Library

Tuesday, 21 September 2010 15:47

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Parliament Library with a history of one hundred years old is one of the fundamental institutions of Iran contemporary civilization. With the establishment of Constitution in Iran (1906), some of the intellectual Parliament representatives suggested to dedicate a building to a library in order to gather essential sources of knowledge for the Parliament members. It was the first Asian Parliamentary Library.

Establishing this library due many problems faced with the impasse in the first effort. However, in 1908 the educated representatives succeeded to ratify a legal matter in this regard.

The building with a limited space was adjacent to the Hoz khane ( a large room in the basement of a traditional Persian house with a small pond in the center ) called Constitution House. At the beginning a number of elite representatives used the library facilities, but gradually it welcomed to a huge number of researchers and students from all over of Iran.

Regarding to this fact, the librarians intended to allocate a more appropriate place for the public and specialized library. In the fifth term of National Consultative Assembly (1923), Aziz ol- Soltani Buildings on the east side of Baharestan Garden was purchased in order to make an honorable library.

With the appointment of Joseph Etesam ol- Molk Ashtiani , the library head in 1925, Parliament library was inaugurated as the first modern formal library in Iran.

Growth and development of the various library collections, documents and books necessitated the administrators to construct a vast library in 1962 which suited to multilateral user’s needs. In 1984 the former Senate library named library 2 was added to Consultative Assembly.

In 1996 based on a letter approved by the parliament, the library titled “Library, Museum and Document Center of the Islamic Consultative Assembly “under the supervision of Iran Parliament Head.

The library Parliament Heads  are as follows: Joseph Etesam ol- Molk Ashtiani, Ebrahim Sharifi, Dr Taghi Tafazoli, Fakhri Rastkar, Mohammad Shahdadi, Abdol Hossein Haeri, Dr. Gholam Reza Fadai Araqi, Hojat ol- Eslam Seyed Mohammad Ali Ahmadi Abhari, DR. Ahmad Jalali and Hojat ol-Eslam Dr. Rasul Jafarian.

Today, the library with the use of modern equipments and rich resources especially in the field of Iranology has achieved an honorable stand not only in Iran but also in the Middle East. Numerous conferences, including the History of National  Assembly, International Conference on the Common Heritage of Iran and Afghanestan,  regular attendance at exhibitions, scientific conferences and specialized international organizations and so on are just some of the common projects of the library.

For the  time being, Parliament Library consists of some sections : Manuscripts, library 1, Library 2, Iran Islamic Revolution Library, National and International Historical Document Center, Publications, Museum, Periodicals, Protection and Restoration of Manuscripts and Historical Documents, Digital Resources Unit , Digital Resources, Resource Organization Unit, Resource Providing Unit, Representative Library, Research Center, Noskhe Pajuhi ( Research Collection ), Nameye Baharestan ( Baharestan Letter )and Payame Baharestan ( Baharestan Message ).

 

Detailed Islamic Consultative Assembly Negotiation Database

Tuesday, 26 October 2010 12:09

Detailed Assembly negotiation is a very remarkable resource for future parliament representatives as well as the researchers interested in the fields of legislation, history and sociology. Presently the images of Islamic Consultative Assembly negotiations on the library website are researchable.  In near future, the search system of Islamic Consultative Assembly as well as National Assembly and Senate negotiations will be established.

 

Digital Resources Unit

Tuesday, 26 October 2010 11:51

digitalIn 1960’s it was founded with no advanced equipments to protect the manuscripts against various damages and facilitate services for researchers.  Parliament Library equipment with modern facilities has accelerates providing microfilms and digital images in recent years.  The new equipments not only make the least damage to the resources, but also the images are so fine that the original copies are not required. The digital unit has provided digital images of more than 24,000 manuscripts in 9 months.  It is worth noting that in addition to providing  internal network library services, many other online services have been offered by library website www.ical.ir

For the time being, access to Rasan (Digital Library) with more than 14,000 manuscripts has been provided for researcher on the website dl.ical.ir. It is worth mentioning that Rasan has achieved the first rank among the Islamic libraries regarding the number of online manuscripts.

 

Iran Islamic Revolution Library

Saturday, 25 September 2010 17:15

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With respect to the 30th anniversary of Iran Islamic Revolution, the administrators decided to allocate a distinct building to the various resources of information about this subject. It was inaugurated in 2008 and welcomes to all interested researchers. The resources include archive documents, digital resources, printed books, manuscripts, periodicals and etc.

 

Library 1

Saturday, 25 September 2010 17:14

The printed books are kept in this part of the parliament library which are included more than 265 thousand volumes of lithography and  lead books  as well .The books are in different languages as Persian, Arabic, English, German, French, Japanese, Russian, Turkish and etc. They are in the fields of philosophy, law, social sciences, medicine, mathematics, social sciences, history, literature, art and etc. However, they are mostly about human sciences of Iran and Islam.

It should be taken into account that library 1 that is the oldest part of the Parliament Library was basically constructed for the National Assembly representatives to provide them with the most important documents and other sources of knowledge. Today, hundreds of people make use of this library every day.

One of the fundamental sources of this library books are those which are donated by famous educated people like Ehtesham ol Saltaneh, Seyed Mohammad Tabatabai, Najm ol- Dole, Firuz, Seyed Jamal odin- Asadabadi, Emamjomeh Khoi, Gholam Hossein Sorud, Jafar Soltanol Ghorai, Indian Parsis and etc.

 

Library 2

Saturday, 25 September 2010 17:14

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Having established Senate in 1949, the administrators intended to allocate a distinct building to social sciences particularly about Islam and Iran. At the beginning, it had just 500 books but they have gradually been increased. The building was initially in Senate but in 1985 it was transferred to Negarestan museum building.

It includes precious collections and valuable resources of Persian, Arabic, English, French books (approximately fifty thousand titles ) and so on. There are about

2000 volumes of unique manuscripts in specific subjects like Islam, Iran and East studies as well as some of extremely rare and privileged geographical maps

related to Iran, the Islamic world and East territories. Therefore, they all provide the researchers with very incredible sources of information.

Furthermore, the periodicals available in this library are very priceless   collections of Iran Archive. There are over 96 professional journals in the fields of sociology in both Persian and Arabic languages.

 

Library Digital Resources

Tuesday, 26 October 2010 11:54

digital_resourcesThe Parliament Library Database as well as the software of other cultural scientific centers like Document Organization and National Library, the secretariat of other public libraries, Khaneye Ketab ( book home), Nur ( Islamic Research Center) are maintained in this unit. Parliament Library databases which are accessible for to the researchers all over the world consist of Library Resource Database, Detailed Islamic Consultative Assembly, Negotiation Database and Seven Thousand Lithography Database.

 

Library Resource Database

Tuesday, 26 October 2010 11:56

The list of all library resources i.e printed, lead, lithography books, manuscripts, periodicals and documents are recorded in Iran software. Iran software which is the recent standard software in the librarianship is accessible online through the Parliament Library.

 

Manuscripts

Saturday, 25 September 2010 17:13

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Manuscripts recalled bright periods of flourishing science and culture in Iran. Iran written heritage includes all fields of knowledge such as philosophy, history, medicine, mathematics, music, geography, astronomy and etc. Protecting these incredible achievements  can help Iranian researchers to know more about the precious history they have. Learning more about this heritage can illuminate the dark corners of Iran history.

To guard them, the Parliament library administrators have attempted not only to provide the complete list of the library manuscripts, but also to rewrite them in order to make them accessible  for researchers. Moreover, during the last three years a considerable effort has been invested in collecting all of the Persian manuscripts scattered all over the world by the library head, Dr Rasul Jafarian.

Today, there are about 400,000 thousand volumes of books in the library that most of them are listed by well known researchers such as Joseph Etesami, Ibn Yusuf Shirazi, Mohammad Taghi Daneshpajuh, Said Nafisi, Abdol Hossein Haeri, Fakhri Rastkar, Iraj Afshar, Ahmad Monzavi, Ali Sadrai Khoi and Seyed Mohammad Mansur Tabatabai. Today, a number of researchers persistently involve in this activity.

In order to introduce and reveal the manuscripts more effectively, the library has been providing some microfilms and images of them which are easily available to the researchers.

 

Museum

Tuesday, 26 October 2010 11:46

museumFounders of the library particularly Arbab Keykhosro intended to launch a museum adjacent to the library. They decided to purchase the paintings of Kamal ol-Molk , eminent Iranian painter, and some other artist’s masterpieces in order to exhibit in the museum. Grand master Kamal ol-Molk offered some of his precious paintings to be the pioneer in this regards. Having accumulated other unique works like calligraphy, manuscripts and historical documents, the museum was inaugurated.

After Iran Islamic Revolution in 1979, the gifts which have been donated to the Islamic Consultative Assembly by officials of various countries like parliamentary delegations were transformed to the library.

Having transformed the Parliament to the new building, the library administrators intended to dedicate the Constitution Parliament building called Khaneye Mashrute to the new museum. In 2009 the new museum was inaugurated by Dr Larijani the speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly.

Today the museum exhibits the masterpieces of outstanding Iranian painters and calligraphers like Kamal ol-Molk, Ali Mahmudi, Mahmud Olia and Jafar Chehrenegar. Furthermore, the museum provides a great opportunity for visitors to follow the history of contemporary Iran i.e the history of Constitution, Legislation and Islamic Republic through paintings, photos, statues and documents.

 

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