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Modern National Library of Belarus

National Library of Belarus, which is located in the capital Minsk was founded on 15th September 1922 It houses the largest collection of Belarusian printed materials, and for its collection of books in Russian third library in the world. From her growing collection only Russian State Library in Moscow and the Russian National Library in St. Petersburg have larger collection. Today, the library is located in a new building of modern architecture high 72 meters, located in capital town Minsk. The building has 22 floors and was completed in January 2006.

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The library has a capacity for about 2,000 readers and a meeting room with 500 seats. The main component of the architectural design is the dome on top. The new building of the library was designed by architects Mikhail Vinogradov and Viktor Kramarenko. The building was officially opened on 16 Jun 2006.

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National Library of Belarus is the main information and cultural center of the country. It contains a collection of over 8 million copies of various media. 1993 National Library began to create their own electronic information resources. In this collection library includes over 2 million recorded media. The scope of the database National Library of Belarus is very wide: the humanities, social sciences, history, art and culture of Belarus. This amazing library also uses the access to the databases of other libraries and academic institutions.

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Library resources are used by a large number of citizens. Over 90,000 of Belarusian citizens and library users have used annually 3.5 million librarian various resources. Library is daily visited by  2,200 people and it lends some 12,000 copies of books and other material.

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In addition to being functional, the National Library is one of the main attractions of the city of Minsk. Situated in a park on the river bank and in its observatory at the top can observe the entire city. The space in front of the library is used for many public concerts and exhibitions.

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Photos via unusual-architecture.com

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