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"Libraries and Book Culture of Belarus: From Past to Future": a seminar was held in Mogilev

"Libraries and Book Culture of Belarus: From Past to Future": a seminar was held in Mogilev
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The "Libraries and Book Culture of Belarus: From Past to Future" seminar was held in Mogilev, on 27 March. The event, prepared by the National Library of Belarus and Mogilev Regional Library named after Lenin, was part of the Year of Native Land in Belarus.

The event was attended by heads and staff of libraries of Mogilev Region, teachers and students of Mogilev Sate Art College, representatives of museums and other institutions of culture and education.

Director of the National Library of Belarus, Roman Motulsky, held a public lecture “Trends and features of the development of the book culture of Belarus in the 11th – 20th centuries, in the context of European and national history”, which aroused lively interest.


The attendees got acquainted with the features of each historical period of the Belarusian state and the factors that had a decisive influence on the development of book-printing and librarianship in Belarus.

The lecture ended with a discussion on the current state of librarianship in the country.

During the seminar, Roman Motulsky donated 1000 publications to libraries of Mogilev Region: fiction, reference and encyclopedic publications, popular science and educational literature.

Last year, public libraries of Mogilev Region acquired 166,6 thousand publications. The book donation was part of the National Library’s charity campaign Reading Is the Field of Information and Knowledge.

We thank all the participants. The campaign is going on!

Library Science Department


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One might drop by a bookstore in search of timeless classics, and find… something dubious. "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"? "New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in Russia"? At first glance, such books are a crime against literature, morality and human taste, but slow down – everything is done within the limits of the law. All books that have become classics are in the public domain, which means they are open to new interpretations. But how do writings get this status? And what happens after? We will try to answer these questions in as much detail as possible, and will understand the public domain inside out.

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I Stay Here

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The Library hosted a presentation of K. Tsybulski's book "I Stay Here" on June 8. The book was published in 2021 by the publishing house "Belarus" with the support of the Ministry of Information of the Republic of Belarus.

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