The Lebanese National Library located in Beirut is the national library of Lebanon. It closed to the public in 1979 due to the Lebanese Civil War, and its surviving collections were placed in storage. Restoration of its volumes and planning for a new site began in 1999.
The library is housed at the old Ottoman Sanayeh complex, which has been renovated with a $25 million grant from Qatar.
Formerly the law school of the Lebanese University, the atrium has been transformed into a cavernous and sun-drenched reading room, the perfect place to read (without having to pay for overpriced coffee) in an exhaust-choked city.