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20 Aug 2013

Russian State Library for Young Adults

The Russian State Library for Young Adults is a public library specialized in offering services especially for young customers by adapting to their rapidly developing interests and constantly growing requirements for a new information technology. It was organized in 1966 and was based on the branch for youth of the State Public Historical Library. Its collection contains about 1 million books, 500 magazines and newspapers, 2,000 multimedia items, 70,000 gramophone recordings and 40,000 printed and sheet music.

It offers a variety of thematic multimedia halls (Social Sciences Hall, Natural and Technical Sciences Hall, the Humanities Hall, Foreign Languages Hall, the Computer Library and the Music Library), each of them containing reading-area and offering free access to all books, periodicals, CDs and DVDs, and source databases.

There is also an Information Centre for Young Adults, a Psychological Consulting Service, a Hall of Rare Books, a Leisure-time Hall, A Museum of Computer and a Conference Hall. Besides, the Youth Historical and Cultural Centre in the Mansion of Merchant Nosov, named after a famous Russian merchant, is also part of the library, and it offers an exposition of the history of Russian business, varied literary and music gatherings, different art exhibitions, and a unique collection of printed and sheet music and gramophone recordings. The Mansion also holds the International Youth Openair Fest «Multicoloured Jazz», an annual summer festival in which students and graduates from jazz colleges take part accompanied by well-known musicians.

The Library participates in international projects such as LIBPLANET.ORG, a research project carried out with the objective of finding out from the results of short inquiry forms what people in different countries think about books, reading, Internet, education and, in short, about everything anyhow concerned with libraries and young adults. Another project, “Step by Step”, joins the Russian State Library for Young Adults, the Library for Young Adults PUNKTmedis and the Comics Library Serieteket, and consists of participating libraries posting one photo a day with short comments in English of the most catching event of that day, reflecting the real life of the libraries in Moscow and Stockholm.

The Library has organized the Comics and Visual Culture Centre, the first comics centre in Russia.

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