Founded in the year 859, University of Al Qarawiyyin in Fez, Morocco is thought to be the world’s oldest library. In recent years, great efforts have been made to restore and reopen the library to the public. The video below explores the connection between the library’s founder, Fatima Al-Fihri, who used her inheritance to create a center of knowledge in Fez, and Aziza Chaouni, the architect responsible for the restoration.

David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He serves on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.

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