National library of Belarus

Minsk, Belarus

 
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National library of Belarus
National library of Belarus
National library of Belarus
National library of Belarus
Address
220114 Nezavisimosti Ave. 116
Minsk
Minsk Region
Belarus
Phone Number
+375 17 2663737
Recommended duration
1 hour

The building is a rhombicuboctahedron height of 73.6 m (23 floors) and weighing 115 000 tons.

Unusual is the illumination of a building, which is a giant (an area of ​​1985 m²) color screen (media facades) based on the LED clusters, which turn on  daily after the sunset, and work until midnight. Figure and patterns on it are constantly changing.

History

The project of the new building was designed in the late 1980s. However, it was possibly to realize it only after more than 15 years.

Construction started November 2, 2002 near the metro station "Vostok". The library opened to readers at 31 May 2006.

The library has the center of international meetings, including the office of the President of Belarus.

Services

Tourists can visit the Book Museum, art and book exhibitions and make an excursion to the Library.

Users with children can leave their children in the NLB Children’s Room under the care of pedagogues and psychologists. Besides, there are three cafes and a restaurant in the Library.

 

The open and indoor observation platforms are located at the top of the high-rise book stack of the National Library of Belarus (the entrance is on the backside of the building). Visitors ascend the observation platforms using the panorama elevator. It has a transparent prism wall made of glass that gives an impression of a fly while lifting. Thanks to a good landscape location of the Library, the Observation platform has become an attractive tourist object. The marvelous panorama of Minsk and the suburb at a height of over 73 meters is very impressive in any season. Photographing and filming are allowed. On holidays visitors can ascend the Observation platform to watch fireworks.

The Library offers a unique service: an optical device Panorama Binocular.  The binocular with 30 times magnification has a large resolution and a broad visual angle. It brings distant objects closer and provides an amazing view.

Belarus National Library in international rankings

  • 11th in the fantastic architectural works ranking by the US edition Flavorwire (2013)
  • mentioned by the book 100 Most Surprising Achievements of Modern Architecture (by Yevgeniya Frolova, Russia, 2011) alongside internationally recognized works by Antoni Gaudi in Spain and the world’s highest building in the UAE
  • 24th in the world’s top 50 unusual buildings according to the website Village of Joy
  • mentioned by the Berlin edition The World’s Best Libraries

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A beautiful building of unusual shape. There is a spacious observation deck. Inside is also beautiful, you can admire the paintings. Originally decorated the entrance to the library - an open book. Next to the monument to F. Skaryna.

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Красивое здание необычной формы. Есть просторная смотровая площадка. Внутри также красиво, можно полюбоваться картинами. Оригинально оформлен вход в библиотеку - раскрытая книга. Рядом установлен памятник Ф. Скорине.
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in daytime looks quite cool for a library, but at night the illumination is actually quite pityfull, considering inside: its really hard to find some reasonable books here, and if you do, you can take them home only if you have a PHD, at least it was like this in 2013 and nothing usually gets improved here.
attention to the infrastructure, toilets are modern built hole-in-the-floor version, and you need to take paper before you enter the cabin...
its also built on an unstable fundament, so im curious how long it survives

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Highly recommended tourist attraction if you are visiting Minsk.
On the back side of the National Library there is an elevator to the panoramic view floor.

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The original building, a little reminiscent of a library, intesne to climb to the observation deck and cool night lights. It is unclear why built on the outskirts of the city....

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Оригинальное здание, мало напоминающее библиотеку, интесно подняться на обзорную площадку и прикольная ночная подсветка. Непонятно почему построена на окраине города....
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Great, modern library!
Highest in Europe as far as I know.
Has free internet for members.

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Nice building if it's your first visit to Minsk. And don't forget to get to the roof - it's a great view from there

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Nice view from the top

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Nice place to visit, especially when it is dark. For a few dollar you can go to the roof and have a nice view over the city.

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Nice building, great to visit. Not really practical for studying or working, you have to pay to get in and Internet on pc or wifi is not included in the entrance price (I don't even know if it would work by paying). Is this communism?

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The National Library of Belarus in Minsk. Dersigned by Mihail Vinogradov and Viktor Kramarenko and opened in 2006.

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On the Observation Deck (23. Floor). Great view over Minsk.

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Unbedingt aufs Observation Deck gehen (23. Stock). Toller Ausblick über Minsk.
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