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.
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.
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