Libya - Libraries and museums



The National Library in Banghazi holds 150,000 volumes, including the official documents of the Arab League. The public library in Banghazi had 14,000 volumes in 2002. Libya's largest library, with 295,000 volumes in 2002, is at the University of Garyounis; at that time, the Government Library in Tripoli had 37,000 volumes. The National Archives, which have an extensive collection of documents relating to the history of Tripolitania under Ottoman rule, are in Tripoli. In addition, France and Italy maintain cultural centers with libraries in the national capital. The Libyan Studies Center in Tripoli holds 100,000 volumes.

The museums exhibit mainly antiquities excavated from various Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Arabic sites. The Department of Antiquities is responsible for all museums and archaeological sites in the country. Tripoli houses the Archaeological Museum, Epigraphy Museum, Ethnographic Museum, Natural History Museum, Prehistory Museum, and Islamic Museum. There are other museums, mainly archaeological, at Cyrene, Homs, Gaigab, Germa, Leptis Magna, Tokrah, Zanzur, Marsa Susah, and Sabrata.

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Nov 20, 2010 @ 9:09 am
I am a Library Technician from Ghana, west Africa, who wants to work in Libya for sometime. Is it possible to get a job in a public, university or college library? I love Libya and I yearn to stay and work there for at most five years.
Lynn Cee
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Aug 23, 2011 @ 1:13 pm
What do you "love" about Libya? People all over the world would be interested to know what is wonderful about Libya, because there is generally so little information — even photos — about this North African country, other than all the wretched fighting and destruction and military-related information.
Joyce
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Jan 27, 2013 @ 7:07 am
I am working on my family tree and would like to know where I can find birth certificates of someone born in Tripoli in 1881.
Thank You
J.Lawley

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