It was the 2nd largest in Lebanon, and set up by an Orthodox priest.
UPDATE: The usual claim of insulting Islam led to the torching.
20 Pictures Of Al Sa’eh Library in Tripoli Before It Got Torched
POSTED BY NAJIB
Picture via Natheer Halawani
A lot of people haven’t unfortunately heard about this decades-old library in Tripoli up until it got torched today, so I did some research and pulled out old pictures and information about the library and its owner Greek Orthodox Priest Ibrahim Sarrouj.
Al Sa’eh Library was founded in 1970 by the Orthodox Youth movement and consisted of a single room. Few years later, the library published around 10 books. In the early 1980s, they gradually started releasing Orthodox publications. In 1983, Samir Makhoul, Toni Boulos, Ibrahim Sarrouj decided to expand the library and bought the warehouse next to it.
Nowadays, the library has over 80,000 books (not copies), out of which 400 rare books. One of the oldest book in this library according to Father Sarrouj is one that dates back to 1817 written by an American Colonel and is estimated at around $3,000. Speaking of Father Sarrouh, and despite being a Greek Orthodox, he is a highly intellectual person and has shown great interest in Islamic Studies. He’s highly esteemed and respected in Tripoli among Muslims and Christians.