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The Khalidi Library - Khalidi Waqf

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Project summary:

The Khalidi Library (Al Khalidiyya), established in Jerusalem in 1900 is the first Arab public library established by private initiative in Palestine.

Located in the Old City of Jerusalem, the library contains the largest private collection of Arabic manuscripts in Palestine and one of the largest such collections in the world.

The project will support the preservation of, and efforts to increase public access to, East Jerusalem’s written and archaeological heritage, which is at risk due to conflict and instability and climate related changes.

The creation of a comprehensive architectural and archaeological study will inform planned future physical interventions to rehabilitate an important cultural centre.

A separate intensive programme in the emergency preservation of ancient manuscripts will allow trainees to develop theoretical and practical skills, before applying this learning to safeguarding endangered collections.