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Former member of the German Bundestag, Professor Rahim Schmidt visited the National Library of Azerbaijan


On October 19, Professor Rahim Schmidt, a former member of the German Bundestag, originally from South Azerbaijan, visited the National Library of Azerbaijan. Director of the National Library Prof. Karim Tahirov welcomed the guest and gave him detailed information about the library, its book collections and etc. He said that Azerbaijan National Library closely cooperates with the German National Library and the Humboldt University Library in Berlin. Director also noted that a permanent book corner on Azerbaijan has been established in the Humboldt University Library, and new literature is regularly sent in order to be displayed in this corner.

Professor Rahim Schmidt thanked Director K. Tahirov and said that he’s pleased to visit the library. “Azerbaijan National Library is located in one of the most beautiful buildings in the city and has such a beautiful book collection” he said. He highly appreciated the activities of the National Library, and spoke about the prestigious events dedicated to Molla Panah Vagif, the 200th anniversary of the resettlement of Germans in Azerbaijan, as well as the 650th anniversary of Imadeddin Nasimi, organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the National Library within the framework of the Frankfurt International Book Fair in recent years. He also appreciated the online services of the Azerbaijan National Library during the pandemic and added that he also benefited from those online services.

Then, the guest got acquainted with “Heydar Aliyev” corner, “International Cooperation Hall”, “Rare Books and Library Museum” Department and Open Library. He paid special attention to the "Open Library" project of the Azerbaijan National Library, noting that such projects should be available in all libraries.

At the end of the meeting, Rahim Schmidt presented his medical books to the National Library of Azerbaijan. In his turn, K. Tahirov presented the books "Azerbaijan National Library: Photo album" and "Azerbaijani carpets" to the guest.