The Ahmed Baba Centre was named after one of Timbuktu’s prominent scholars, Ahmed Baba. The well respected scholar spent 12 years in exile in Marrakech where he was deported along with other scholars after the Moroccan invasion of 1593. Upon discovering that Africa indeed has written history, the Ahmed Baba Centre was established by UNESCO in 1996. A new building for the centre has been also constructed on the site of Ahmed Baba’s residence, north of the Sankore mosque. The centre stores and preserves thousands of manuscripts from hundreds of families. It is now trying to scan and digitize the manuscripts.