National Library of Uzbekistan named after Alisher Navoi
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Visit of Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, to the National Library of Uzbekistan
On August 25, 2013 UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova visited the National Library of Uzbekistan named after Alisher Navoi.
During the visit, the guests made a tour of the Palace of Symposia and Library and familiarized with modern information and library technologies implemented in the National Library.
On the ground floor of the library Irina Bokova acquainted with the Museum of the Book, where among the exhibits original manuscript Abu Hassan al-Mawardi “Ahkom as-Sultoniyya va-l-valoyot ad-diniyya” written in 1058 in Baghdad was exposed.
Irina Bokova also visited the Children's Room of the Library where users can leave their children while in the library, bookstore, Book Café branch, having the ability to use Wi-Fi, rent netbooks and tablets with full-text publications. After that, Ms. Bokova signed up as a member of the National Library, highlighting the quality and speed of service.
On the third floor of the Library the guests were shown a spacious reading rooms, equipped with modern computers and other devices: info-kiosks that allow users to familiarize themselves with the latest information on the activities of the Library, on-line resources, kiosks with audio-resources. Ms. Bokova noted the high attendance of the library, especially by the youth.
UN Resource Room, opened in the Library on August 12, pleasantly surprised the guests. In this room, visitors can see the information materials about the activities of the UN in Uzbekistan and the world, to access the latest research materials of all UN agencies. Opening the Resource Room of UN was initiated by the UNDP Project "Social Innovation and Volunteerism in Uzbekistan".
The guests also visited the Reading Room of Foreign Literature "Jahon", which provides publications in 75 languages. This hall is widely popular among users of the Library, studying foreign languages.
UNESCO Director-General noted that the National Library of Uzbekistan represents a standard library of the XXI century, where all the necessary conditions for the convenience of users are provided.
In conclusion, Irina Bokova has left an entry in the guest book, expressing admiration for the modern library complex and the quality of provided services.


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