Today’s post comes to us from Irina Boldyreva, Chief Librarian of Foreign LIS and International Library Relations Department at the Russian State Library.
The Russian State Library is one of the three national libraries of the Russian Federation. The library was founded in 1862 by the order of Emperor Alexander II. It was the first free public library in Moscow. The collection of Count Nikolay Rumyantsev laid down the basis of the library holdings. One of the halls is called the Rumyansev Reading Hall. Nowadays, the library collection includes over 45 million 500 thousand items in 367 languages of the world. The special collections consist of rare books, manuscripts, music scores, recordings, maps, newspapers and dissertations.