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LAU dedicates Riyad Nassar Library


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Joseph G. Jabbra, Riyad F. Nassar and H.E. Tarek Mitri cut the ribbon.


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Library Director Aida Naaman guides VIPs on a tour of the premises.


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A sitting area in the serials lounge.


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Logging on to the campus-wide wireless network.

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November 15, 2006—

LAU inaugurated the Riyad Nassar Library, a state-of-the-art haven for researchers, readers and learners, November 11, 2006 in Beirut.

“This dedication today will stand as testament to our ability to move forward informed by history, inspired by the diverse and wise voices of our rich culture,” said Lebanese Culture Minister Tarek Mitri, representing Prime Minister Fouad Seniora.

As part of a new complex, the library is a milestone in the expansion of LAU’s supporting facilities.

The 11-floor library can house up to 350,000 volumes and is a technological hub within the university. It is exquisitely furnished and offers special reading and computing areas within its 8,000 square meters.

Mitri said the Riyad Nassar Library’s inauguration was an “invaluable and timely achievement” coinciding with the restoration of Lebanon’s National Public Library and government plans to build new such facilities across the country.

“The National Library will be at the heart of a web of public libraries,” he said.

LAU President Joseph G. Jabbra found a parallel in ancient mythology between the new library and an inner sanctum in the Knowledge Tribe’s temple where people could “refresh their soul, refine their spirit and let their minds be filled with wisdom.”

The library was named in honor of President Emeritus Riyad F. Nassar, who served for 39 years in various capacities, including 22 years as president.

A round of applause resonated in the lobby of the new building as Jabbra mentioned Nassar’s legacy and the constant support of Mrs. Hala Nassar.

“Dr. Nassar was indefatigable in pursuing success for this institution,” Jabbra said. “He saw what LAU could be not only for Lebanon but for the whole Middle East.”

Jabbra acknowledged the special contributions of Mrs. Suad Juffali, the Stoltzfus family, the U.S. Agency for International Development and designer Anna Torriani.

Jamil Iskandar, vice president of the Board of Trustees, thanked Jabbra for bringing the university into high international visibility and Nassar for his long commitment and dedication to the institution.

Mitri, Jabbra, Nassar and Iskandar then cut the ribbon and led visitors on a tour of the library’s various sections.

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