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Visiting National Library of Belarus Minsk

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National Library of Belarus

Admire The Magnificent Building of National Library of Belarus

Admire The Magnificent Building of National Library of Belarus

1. The Design

1. The Design

The National Library of Belarus is located in the park zone of the Slepyanka River and greenery system. A bronze sculpture of the printing pioneer Frantsisk Skorina (by Alexander Dranets and Viktor Kramarenko) has been placed in front of the building. Before getting in with your National Library of Belarus tickets and passes, take your time to admire the design of the building. The central entrance looks like an open book with pictures to highlight the development of the global written language and the Slavonic one as well as a quote in 19 languages from Frantsisk Skorina's Bible that encourages people to learn. The Library's interior uses works by modern Belarusian artists and sculptors for decoration. In the evening the building's façade is converted into a multicolored LED screen consisting of over 4,500 light sources. It can produce over 20 light effect schemes using over 65,000 colors. It is the country's largest means of advertising – 1,485m2.

2. The Collection

2. The Collection

Your National Library of Belarus tour include the collections in the Library. The collection of the 'diamond of knowledge' contains about 9 million editions on various media. Those are printed editions, manuscripts, microcopies, digital materials and other materials created in Belarus and abroad in over 80 languages. Visitors are welcome to use versatile information resources and collections of the Library, some of them are graphic documents, printed music, audiovisual documents, compact disks, maps, and thesis papers and autoabstracts of thesis papers. The main part of the collections is located on the tenth floor of the storage facility. Over 500,000 copies are available for public access and in reading halls. Digital resources can be accessed via computers in the Library while some are available via the Internet with your National Library of Belarus tickets and passes..

3.  The Center

3. The Center

After getting your National Library of Belarus tickets and passes, you can go and see the center. Following the relevant instruction of the Belarus President a center for international meetings and negotiations at the level of heads of state and heads of government was set up in the Library in 2005. The center boasts multifunctional modern equipment and special communication solutions and allows hosting top political, cultural, and educational events.  The guests of honors of the National Library include heads of state, heads of government, heads of parliaments, heads of international organizations, prominent scientists, writers, and painters..

4.  The Sociocultural Center

4. The Sociocultural Center

National Library of Belarus tour include visiting the sociocultural center. This part of the Library hosts national and international painting exhibitions, festivals and private viewings, literary and art soirees, books exhibitions, various events, ceremonies to hand over collections and present books, and ceremonies dedicated to international events and prominent dates. Every year the Library hosts culture days of individual nations. The days involve exhibitions of books, paintings, and photos. It is worth a visit if you happen to be in town during the event..

5.  The Modern Technologies

5. The Modern Technologies

The National Library of Belarus is a fine specimen of a smart building that boasts modern informational, technological, and engineering systems. The new automated library system and software offers a number of convenient options to users. The modern technologies that you can try during National Library of Belarus tour is the digital directory, search for documents using multiple parameters, automated order and release of documents, free access to digital resources (proprietary databases, databases from internationally recognized manufacturers, bibliographic and full-text editions on compact disks), an automated system to deliver books from the storage facility using special lifts (20 minutes as the world's fastest book delivery), and remote access to the Library (a virtual reading hall). The building implements the thermos flask principle, keeping the air temperature inside constant. Technological corridors along the walls represent a layer that prevents fluctuations of temperatures.

6.  Other Facilities

6. Other Facilities

After getting your National Library of Belarus tickets and passes, on the first floor you can find the information and registration desk, and a tour office in the entrance hall. The Library has special workstations for blind people and visually handicapped people, as well as people with physical disabilities. The open-air skydeck is worth mentioning. It is located 73m above the ground in the upper part of the Library's book storage facility. Over there visitors can admire the view of the Belarusian capital and take a look at remote locations using a panoramic binocular.,

National Library of Belarus Minsk Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

The entrance to the library is free. But you can only go into the hall and visit the gift shop. If you want to fully explore the library building, you have to pay for the tour. To do this, you need to call in a few days before the sightseeing. The minimum number of people for tours is 6 and the maximum is 15. National Library of Belarus tickets and passes can be purchased at the ticket booth. You can purchase National Library of Belarus tickets to grant you access to the open-air skydeck where you can see the city views.

How To Get Around?

You can enjoy your National Library of Belarus tour by walking around the building or using the lift. The Library is located conveniently at the city center, which gives you easy access to get around: by walking, by cycling, or by bus.

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National Library of Belarus Minsk Facts

Best Time to Visit

The best time to do National LIbrary of Belarus tour is before the sunset. Go to the top of the building to watch the sunset and later go back down to see the LED lights shining beautifully from outside the building.



Will I Need a Guide?

Yes, if you want to fully explore the library building you will need a tour guide. You need to call in a few days before your visit with a minimum of 6 people in the group. If you don't plan to fully explore the library, then you won't need a guide because you can find everything you need on this website.

How To Get There?

The National Library is located on the city's central thoroughfare in Minsk's northeast at 116 Nezavisimosti Avenue. The fastest way to get to the National Library is using the Minsk metro to get to the Vostok station (the first line). You can also use ground means of transportation: buses and trolleybuses to get to the stops Natsionalnaya Biblioteka or Ulitsa Filimonova.

Additional Info

Visiting the interior of the National Library is, unfortunately, not easy for visitors to Minsk. It's possible to walk through the main doors to have a quick peek, but a library card is required to pass through the main gate - and library cards are only available to Belarusian nationals (or foreign students studying in Minsk).