Oldest University Library

Question: What is the oldest university library?

Answer:  According to the Library World Records by Godfrey Oswald, the earliest university library was probably the Buddhist Takshila (Takshashila or Taxila) University, established around 600 B.C.  This university was in the northwestern part of the Indian subcontinent, now a part of Pakistan. Very little is known about its library collection, but there are some notable relics.  After Takshila University are the old Alexandria University in Egypt, and the Academy and Lyceum in ancient Greece, all having been founded in the 4th century B.C.

The oldest university library still in existence today is the Al-Qarawiyin University Library in Fez, Morocco, which was founded circa A.D. 859.

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