Baghdad National Library Digitized Ahead of Islamic State Threat

Iraq is digitizing the Baghdad National Library ahead of threats from Islamic State. “as Islamic State militants set out to destroy Iraq’s history and culture, including irreplaceable books and manuscripts kept in the militant-held city of Mosul, a major preservation and digitization project is underway in the capital to safeguard a millennia worth of history. In darkrooms in the library’s back offices, employees use specialized lighting to photograph some of the most-precious manuscripts.”

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