You can thank two boss women for your access to this historic space. First, Fatima El-Fihriyathe. This wealthy Muslim woman founded both the university and the library because she had a passion for knowledge and was curious about the world. She also attended the university. Don't believe us? According to Business Insider, you can see her original diploma on a wooden board in the library. You could say she was a woman before her time.
Next, you can thank Aziza Chaouni and her team of architects for the building's major renovation. The engineers had some formidable tasks ahead of them, like rebuilding the library's foundations, installing a new sewage system, and re-tiling the iconic green roof. To prevent humidity from harming the works even further, they installed air conditioning. Other modern improvements were made, such as installing solar panels, digital locks to secure the rare book room, and, according to CNN, "a high-tech laboratory built for restoring precious manuscripts."