Peru’s National Library to Close in the Wake of Thefts

Posted by admin on Feb 25, 2011

Peru’s national library, whose Spanish acronym is BNP, will be closed for three months after a wave of thefts have resulted in the disappearance of at least 663 valuable objects over the past decade, El Comercio reported today.

Certain books published during the fifteenth and nineteenth century are quite valuable, selling for more than $50,000 on the black market, ex-BNP director Hugo Neira said. The library contains about 150,000 of these old volumes. In total, the BNP contains more than 7 million titles.

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