Minsk National Library
This is my 1st visit at the National Library in Minsk, more Minsk here: http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v= 5qlXWwqs1QM and here: http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v= cZALBa4pL64 more here: http://tekknorg.wordpress.com/
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["Minsk National Library April 15th 2009" appears on screen, then cut to a shot of the building at night, as the various LED fixtures affixed to the windows blink and flash with different colors to produce an impressive light show]
["During day light" appears on screen, then cut to more exterior shots of the building]
["Costs: 150 million US$" appears on screen, then cut to the cameraman walking into the building and taking more footage as patrons and staff are walking around]
[cut to footage of the stacks, as a female librarian is helping a patron at the front desk]
[cut to a row of computer monitors near the stacks]
["Holds: 8,5 million books" appears on screen, then cut to more footage inside the building]
["Arrival of belarusian culture minister (later he visited the minsk opera)" appears on screen, then cut to security guards and reporters surrounding an older man walking up the stairs]
[cut to more footage inside the building]
["Transportation of books, german invention" appears on screen, then cut to footage of the various "tube" systems used to deliver books around the building]
["The archive" appears on screen, then cut to a closed door, with a picture of a camera covered by a large red "X"]
[cut to footage inside the archives room, as several centuries-old books are seen in glass displays]
[cut to a closeup of three books (Summa de casibus conscientiae, 1475 ; Opera by Ambrosius, 1492 ; Justinianus cum Glossa ordinaria Accursii, 1488)]
[cut to footage of more books in the archives]
[cut to a display in the Archives which contains photographs of the library's construction]
[cut to another display showing newspaper clippings from the library's grand opening (including a photograph of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad looking at some books]
["Minister car" appears on screen, then cut to footage of a black car parked outside the library]
["Going on the roof (74 meters - highest building in Minsk)" appears on screen, then cut to the cameraman inside an elevator, as he emerges on the roof and looks out over the city]
["Porsche building Belarus" appears on screen, then cut to more footage from the roof of the surrounding buildings]
[cut to more night-time footage of the building and its light show, as the scene fades to black]
The National Library of Belarus, founded on 15 September 1922, is a copyright library of the Republic of Belarus. It houses the largest collection of Belarusian printed materials and the third largest collection of books in Russian behind the Russian State Library (Moscow) and the Russian National Library (St Petersburg).
It is now located in a new 72-metre (236 feet) high building in Minsk, Belarus. The building has 22 floors and was completed in January 2006. The building can seat about 2,000 readers and features a 500-seat conference hall. Its main architectural component has the shape of a rhombicuboctahedron. The library's new building was designed by architects Mihail Vinogradov and Viktor Kramarenko and opened on 16 June 2006.
The National Library of Belarus is the main information and cultural centre of the country. Its depository collections include 8 million items of various media. In 1993 the National Library of Belarus started to create its own electronic information resources. It has generated a collection of bibliographic, factual graphic, full-text, graphic, sound and language databases that comprise more than 2 million records. The scope of databases is quite wide: humanities, social sciences, history, art and culture of Belarus. Library users also have access to databases of other libraries and academic institutions, including foreign ones.
In planning respect, the Library can be divided into two basic parts. A high-rise part is the main stock-depository that so-called "the diamond". A low part is the three- and four-storey capacity (the stylobata). Vestibules, reference-information area with general and reading catalogues of different types both for students and doctors of science as well as administrative and technical are accommodated here.
These parts connect between each other like blood-vessels by means of special telelifts that deliver a literature from stock-depository to readers as well as to production area for systematization, literature processing and restoration.
A main enter for readers is decided on the side of F. Scorina Avenue. It conducts to the central vestibule in which control functions are carried out as well as there is a cloak-romm, reference registration and information area, loan division here. A reader enters on the main staircase from the vestibule into the main hall of reading catalogues and cart indexes, reference-bibliographic department including the electronic one. This hall is situated in the very center under the stock-depository. Natural light delves into the hall through the inclined upper window walls that are done along the full perimeter. After receiving information and literature order from this hall a reader chooses a necessary reading room and could work here with ordered literature through 15-20 minutes. The halls are located radials in respect to center. It guarantees efficient orientation in the Library. A circular distributive gallery, from which readers and staff-members can find any necessary block of rooms or a department, is provided around the mean hall.
Reading rooms are projected in different directions - for students engaged on degree thesis, science workers, doctors of science, music editions, new booking entrances as well as fine-art hall and others.
The largest rooms of mass visits are located on the second and third floors. Side by side with traditional organization of catalogues, availability of computer center in the Library structure allows to computerize the whole of reference-information and bibliographical system as well as transport one. It will allow cutting down time of necessary information search and books delivery to working places. The inclusion of the Library electric system in united information area of Belarus and the Commonwealth Independent States as well as international information systems allows getting on-the-fly any information in short periods of time.
The library service is in great demand. More than 90 thousand citizens of Belarus are library users, who annually request 3.5 million documents. Every day the library is visited by more than 2,200 people. The library delivers about 12,000 documents daily.
In addition to serving as a functional library, the National Library is a city attraction. It is situated in a park on a river bank and has an observation deck looking over Minsk. As of 2009 it is the only structure in Minsk with a public observation deck. The area in front of the library is used for many public concerts and shows.