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From Home: Resources and Services of the National Library of Belarus are Available Online

From Home: Resources and Services of the National Library of Belarus are Available Online
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A guide to the library portal, about the most necessary and interesting.

We recommend you to pay attention to the web-services of the National Library of Belarus, in case you do want to take advantage of the opportunities that the National Library offers without leaving home.

Do you want to learn more about the activities of the library itself and even look at the collections in the staff only places? Then be sure to watch the video “What is available in the National Library of Belarus”.

Top Services

The library provides remote access to its services and facilities. If you face any troubles while searching for any information, our staff will provide it for free through the Virtual Reference Service "Ask a Librarian" and the Legal Information Center Online. Read more on the Virtual Services page.

Our Paid Services are also accessible remotely. You can place an order to compile a list of references, edit your bibliography or check your papers for plagiarism. Also, our specialists help to index documents and determine the publication activity of the author or organization. Electronic Delivery of documents is also available: The National Library provides the opportunity to order digitized fragments of publications, chapters and articles from books, magazines, newspapers, audio documents, etc. All these services are paid online.

Information Resources

In the “Electronic information resources” section you can find databases of various subjects containing information on many branches of knowledge.

The section "Open Access Resources" is a selection of electronic libraries, archives, online encyclopedias, subject directories and search engines from around the world that store a lot of information from different fields of science. The section contains a large number of useful links for researchers.

Digital Libraries is also a notable section. The project “The Gold Collection of Eurasia” contains collections of the most outstanding and valuable editions which reflect the distinguishing features of peoples living in the member countries of the EURASEC and other member states of the CIS. This also includes publications from the collections of the National Library. The electronic library of manuscripts (Manuscriptorium) is an information retrieval system consisting of an open catalogue of historical collections and a digital library of manuscripts and old-printed documents. The portal provides a link to the World Digital Library with free access in a multilingual format to a large number of materials representing cultures of different countries.

Researcher Support

Those who are engaged in science will benefit from this section of the portal. Here you will find all the information necessary for a researcher: starting with how to select literature on the topic of research and ending with how to transfer the author's abstract and thesis itself to the library collections.

Virtual Exhibitions and Projects

The portal also provides virtual projects and exhibitions of the National Library of Belarus. "The Wonderful World of Jazep Drazdovich: the 130th birth anniversary" is one of our digital projects dedicated to the famous Belarusian artist and sculptor, Yazep Drozdovich. The project presents digital copies and videos of Drozdovich’s works.

A number of books, magazines and articles are available as part of the virtual project, "On the Wave of Time, Throughout the Life", dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the "Maladnyak" Literary Association. This literature was digitized for the first time and posted on the portal of our library.

The electronic collection "The Book of Belarus in the 14–18th Centuries" contains copies of full texts of rare and old printed documents from the collections of the National Library of Belarus published in the 14–18th centuries, which belong to Belarus according to the territory, language, author or contents. Here you can find electronic versions of Skaryna’s editions among other rarities.

Belarus in the Information Space

You can follow the news about Belarus on "Belarus in the Information Space" website. This resource is created by the National Library. It contains references to the most authoritative Belarusian history databases and electronic collections created by libraries, archives, state institutions, cultural, education and science institutions, as well as the industry and economy achievements of our country.

Right now the National Library is implementing the project "100 Days to the Great Victory. Through the Pages of 1945 Belarusian Newspapers". The project introduces the news and events of winter-spring 1945. We offer together to leaf through the pages of periodicals in the countdown to the anniversary of the Great Victory.

Virtual Excursions

Visitors are told about the architectural features of one of the most unusual libraries in the world and its activities during excursions. In addition, you can get acquainted with the country's book treasury remotely using a video presentation or a virtual tour to the library, as well as materials from the series “Outstanding People of the Motherland” prepared by employees of the Excursion and Methodological Work Department. You can remotely learn about the life and work of Yanka Kupala, Yakub Kolas, Yanka Maur, Uladzimir Karatkievich, take part in a quiz on one of the works of each author. The works correspond to the school curriculum. The presentations and quizzes are available for download.

Everyone has the opportunity to see and hold in their hands the originals of the first editions of famous Belarusian writers and poets while visiting the excursion “Outstanding People of the Motherland” directly in the library. Digitized versions of these publications are available for virtual visitors. The works are presented through virtual projects and exhibitions such as “Classics of World Literature Yanka Kupala and Yakub Kolas”, “The Virtual Journey with Yanka Maur”, “With Faith and Truth he passed through the age: to the 120th anniversary of Kandrat Krapiva", etc.

By Yana Poleschuk

Internet Portal Maintenance Department & Excursion and Methodological Work Department


Selfie at the Book Museum

15 Jan 2021

To draw attention to museums and their exhibits, Museum Selfie Day is held in January in different countries of the world. That is why bibliographers of the National Library of Belarus took selfies against the background of their favourite book monuments in the Book Museum.

National Library of Belarus News

Window to the past: access to the electronic information resource "Formation and Development of Libraries in Belarus: Archive Documents"

15 Jan 2021

How did the formation of Belarusian libraries take place in the first half of the 20th century? Who could become a librarian? What is a magic lantern? Why is the first director of the Belarusian State Library I.B. Simanovsky proposed to reduce the area allotted for his apartment? Why were the library employees released from work for up to 3 days? The answer to these and many other questions can be found in the new resource of the National Library of Belarus.

Library Online

Tandem of inspiration

15 Jan 2021

The book-illustrative exhibition "Tandem of Inspiration" is on show in the Fine Arts Reading Room (room 306) from January 15 to February 22. The exhibition dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the birth of Belarusian artists Georgy Poplavsky (1931-2017) and Natalia Nikolaevna Poplavskaya (1931).

Book exhibitions

Book Museum, Children's Room and more: Unusual Services of the National Library

13 Jan 2021

The National Library is rightly called the keeper of knowledge. The capital's landmark will leave no one indifferent: an unusual shape of the building, a welcoming and cordial team and an impressive collection of documents attract its visitors. It seems, you can stay here all day: head off on an adventure together with the main characters of the books, enjoy art and even to indulge

National Library of Belarus News

In memory of the “pyasnyar” of Belarus

12 Jan 2021

January 12 marks the 80th anniversary of the birth of Vladimir Mulyavin – musician, composer, founder of VIA Pesnyary. For the anniversary of the artist, an exhibition “In memory of the songwriter of Belarus” has been prepared, which is open in the Music and Audiovisual Documents Reading Room (room 305) until January 31.

Book exhibitions