Price of Haidary’s books and information is only a thank
Those who doesn't know Momtaz will view him as a person isolated from culture and journalism. He is a humble man, hospital to guests; his library is always open to writers, journalists and academics. I always call him the president of the republic because whenever he presented his books and magazines to anyone, he would put a stamp on them written 'The Republic of Kurdistan'. That's why I call him the president of Momtaz Haidary Library's Republic in Azadi Quarter.
Momtaz Haidary has a wellknown personality in Hawler, as a book preserver, and adorer of the Kurdish word. It's true that he started writing since sixties of the last century, but he is always called across Kurdistan as owner of a big library full of documents, photos and sources for research.
The library of Momtaz has a long history, his fathers and grandfathers had books, his brothers had been known across Iraq for practicing politics and collecting books in Lebanon. He says he remembers when he bought a book for the first time by ten Filses. He has started buying and collecting books in 1955 and established a library. Although his library due to the political situations has been demolished by the Regime twice, but we can say he has re-established his library in Azadi Quarter in Irbil with 200 books in 1970. At present time the library has about 20 thousands of books, newspapers, magazines, rare photos and documents. He enlarged his personal library two years ago and devoted a special place to it in his house. He spends whatever he gains on books. Whenever he travels to somewhere, he brings some books. He is of a young manner, always puts a flower on his lapel and he is a lover, but in the human sense. He is humble and always seeks for criticism. He a good friend in need, and has no harms for anyone. Just knock at his door and you can get things in his library, heart and rich memories, he always serves for free, price of any book and any
books are a source of life
— Momtaz Haidary
help is only a thank.
Momtaz Haidary has been issuing and printing two seasonal magazines for five years. The first one is (K21). This magazine, which is the only one of its type in its bulk size and content, consists of 500 pages for each issue, and it has been continually issued for five years. The content is dominated by documentary. The only person who prepares topics and publishes them is Momtaz himself. He issues a women magazine called 'Layla Qasim, Layla Zana', which is of valuable content and large number of pages.
Momtaz Haidary is not only busy with collecting books and keeping sources in Kurdish, but also more than 150 people have got benefit from his personal library for their BA, MA, and PHDs. He helps whoever wants sources and information.
Haidary says book, that for him, is life and civilization, "Books have been source of human development".
He has participated in Frankfort International Book Fair in Ger- many at his own expense twice. He publishes books now and then. He is a great book lover, and he has a constant habit about Kurdish books, magazine, and newspapers. Whenever you talk to him, you feel that he has unlimited respect for books and publications.
He says there are people who don't value and respect his work, "but after 50 years, they will know what I have done, and they will appreciate my work". This man is right. He looks for books like ants, and he gathers documents and topics for his magazines 'K21' and 'Layla Qasim, Layla Zana' just like ants.