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Library tours

Dear visitors! We offer the library tours as follow:

  • Animated Books: an interactive tour
  • Outstanding People of the Motherland: a teaching tour focused of the life and work of Francysk Skaryna, Yanka Kupala, Yakub Kolas, Yanka Maur, Maksim Bahdanovič, Kandrat Krapiva, Mikhas Zarecki, Mark Shagal.
  • Orientation library tour including a visit to the Book Museum
  • Orientation library tour including a visit to the Book Museum and the observation deck
  • Orientation library tour including a visit to the Round Hall at the President-center and the Observation deck
  • Minsk on Your Palm: a thematic tour  including a visit to the Observation deck; filming and photography are allowed.
  • The Birthday in the Library: a tour for children

    Contact telephone: (+375 17) 293 29 66, 293 28 53 (the Library excursions department).

    Thematic tours of the Book Museum:

    Contact phone: (+375 17) 293 27 22 (the Bibliology department).

    Tours are conducted in the Russian, Belarusian and English languages (in Russian and Belarusian in the Book Museum). It is required to make an appointment in advance. A tour group is 15 people at the most. The service is provided to both individuals and groups; booking is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Tuesday – Saturday. Group booking  starts on the 5th of the current month and is made for the next month.

    Tours schedule from September 1st to May  31st, appointment in advance is required:

    • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
    • Thursday, Saturday, Sunday – from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Monday – the day off.


    The National Library of Belarus is one of the most recognizable buildings of Belarus, its hallmark. During an orientation tour visitors will learn how to join the Library, and about the Library’s book collections. In the atrium guests will see a granite sphere symbolizing the value of knowledge and the infinity of the cognizable world.

    Visitors appreciate the interior design of the library.

    The original architectural features of the “Diamond of Knowledge” attract attention.

    A guide tells about the reading rooms, functions and opportunities of the library and the document delivery system.

    A guide tells how to book and get documents and how to use catalogues.

    A guided tour includes a visit to the Book Museum where unique book monuments are on display. A part of the exposition is dedicated to the history of the National Library.

    During a Library tour, visitors have the opportunity to take original photos in one of the most unusual buildings in the world.

    During a thematic tour Minsk on your Palm visitors ascend the Observation deck to admire the view of the capital of Belarus at a height of more than 73 meters.

    Interactive excursion Animated books is an educational and fascinating journey for parents with their children through the library, during which they may select and order their favorite books, receive them and read them together. During the tour, the guests get acquainted with the baby- and the giant-books, and with help of the pads will be able to "make alive" the illustrations in the 4D+ book with augmented reality.

    During a tour  The Birthday in the Library, a birthday-child can write a memorable entry to the special Anniversary Book.

    The Birthday in the Library includes amusing games in the Children’s room for a birthday-child and their guests.

     A Journey to the Book Treasure Land is a tour in the form of a fascinating travel, which  acquaints children 10–12 years old with the history of books: the earliest manuscripts, the origin and traditional design of hand-written books, the invention of book-printing and various ways of designing printed books. The tour is conducted by employees of the Bibliology research department at the Book Museum.