Burma is selling its new national library building, without giving a reason.
The state newspaper New Light of Myanmar said today the eight-story building in Rangoon is up for sale for about 7.7 million dollars. Bidders have until August 24th to make an offer.
The French news agency reports Burma's national library, started by British colonists in the late 1800s, has been open to the public only sporadically since 1965, when the military government closed it for security reasons. The agency says the library's new building -- the one up for sale -- has been open since 2004.
State media did not give a reason for the sale. But the government is moving many of its operations to its new seat in Naypyidaw, a remote location in Burma's interior.