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A visit to Berlin State Library

A visit to Berlin State Library
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On December, 1st, within the bounds of a professional visit to Berlin, director of the National Library of Belarus Roman Motulsky and deputy director for research work and publishing activity Alexander Susha visited the Berlin State Library which is actually the main library of Germany.

The principal goal of the visit was signing of the Cooperation Agreement between two libraries. During a meeting with general manager of the Berlin State Library (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin) Barbara Schneider-Kempf and head of the Department of Eastern Europe Olaf Hamann plans for further cooperation were considered.

The Berlin State Library functions as the national library of Germany. Its funds contain documents on all scientific disciplines in various languages and belonging to different epochs and countries, with specialization in psychology and social sciences.

The library keeps the most precious treasures of the world culture: about 320 thousand autographs including those of Lessing, Goethe, von Kleist; 200 thousand rare printed editions, including those of the early epoch of Mines; 41 600 eastern manuscripts and 18 000 manuscripts created in the Middle Ages and the early Modern Age in Europe; 1 400 author's manuscripts; 66 thousand author's musical manuscripts; 4 400 early printed editions and about one million maps and drawings.

Belarus has an intense interest in a number of these documentary monuments as there are no similar editions remained in our country.

Roman Motulsky presented as a gift to his German colleagues the first five volumes of the facsimile edition of Francisk Skorina’s book heritage. Thereupon the meeting attendees discussed the opportunities of further teamwork on studying and promotion of European first printers’ heritage.

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A visit to the German Historical Museum


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