After his visit from historic documents of the library and its manuscripts treasury, Dr. Ryoko Watabe, scholar of Iranian studies and specialist of Iran’s history during Mongol Empire era, said, “Old documents and manuscripts are very important and although these valuable pieces are kept by other centers in a sporadic form, Astan Quds Razavi’s Central Library has gathered all these manuscripts and documents in only one place which is available for the researchers and scholars of codicology”.
Introducing Astan Quds Razavi’s Central Library as an important base for research, professor of University of Tokyo stated, “Many Japanese historians and researchers have used this center’s manuscripts and source books in their research studies and I also have used these sources in my researches on Iran and Islam”.
Noting that most Iranian governments have been short termed and introducing this fact as a reason for the dispersion of the documents and archives, Dr. Watabe added, “A very unique treasury of Iran’s history is kept in this holy place which I believe it is a miracle”.
Finally he asserted, “With respect to the importance of this library’s scientific and historical sources, this great center has to be introduced to the world researchers and specialists of Islamic and historical sciences, it’s better that this great treasury can be enjoyed by all”.
It is worth mentioning that having 95 thousand unique manuscript books, 55 thousand lithographic books, two million and 500 thousand printed book, and a glorious building with over 28800 square meters space, Astan Quds Razavi’s Central Library has become very famous as one of the scientific bases in the Islamic world. As a result, the library has attracted attention of many researchers, scholars of codicology, and those interested in scientific and cultural works.