Caretaker Minister Gaby Layoun checks the renovation works at the National Library in Beirut, Friday, May 10, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban/File)
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After more than a decade of intermittent renovations, the Lebanese National Library finally opens its doors to the public Tuesday.For the next three years, the project organized and archived some of Lebanon's oldest collections of books, dating back at least a century. The collections originally belonged to 19th-century Lebanese philanthropist Philippe de Tarrazi, Daouk said.According to Daouk, de Tarrazi had intended to establish a national library using his personal collection.The collection grew over the years, but efforts to establish the library were quickly abandoned with the onset of the Lebanese Civil War in 1975 .
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