More than 500 public libraries were established across Iran over the past four years, said the secretary general of Iran Public Libraries Foundation.
Alireza Mokhtarpour added Iran Public Libraries Foundation (IPLF) has been operating in its new form since 2007 following the enactment of a law by Iran's Parliament and the introduction of an executive bylaw by the government, IRNA reported.
He added thus, in legal terms, the foundation is a newly established body whose staff and directors are also young.
As per the conventional standards, "we are required to have more than 15,000 public libraries across Iran. This comes as at present, the number does not exceed 3,400".
Thus, 12,000 public libraries are required to be established in Iran which means that "we need to employ a larger number of staff, including librarians, and obtain sufficient fund to be able to expand library spaces and maintain them".