10 January 2022
Welcome to the Library
The main library of the region, the National Library of the Komi Republic, was reopened after a major overhaul that has taken more than two years.
The opening ceremony was held on December 29, 2021. The guests of the event were Head of Komi Vladimir Uyba, Speaker of the State Council Sergei Usachev, Senator of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Elena Shumilova, representatives of the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Education, as well as trustees and partners of the library.
Alexey Prosuzhikh, Director of the National Library of the Komi Republic, gave the guests a short tour of the departments. The guests congratulated the library staff with a new start in a changed, inspiring environment.
The building was erected in 1958 and such major repair works have been carried out for the first time since.
Repair works included:
- Insulation, restoration and painting of facade;
- Replacement of the roof covering;
- Complete redecoration of the interiors using plaster and paintwork;
- Replacement of flooring;
- New toilets, including specially designed for visitors with limited mobility;
- Replacement of engineering communications;
- Full replacement of door blocks, window frames and glazing;
- Complete makeover of the adjacent area and parking lot.
In addition, new furniture and state-of-the-art equipment have been purchased for a truly modern hi-tech functional space.
The library has increased its storage capacity up to 1 million items with new rail racks to move the stock. Now the library collections comprise 887 thousand titles.
The visitors of the library were delighted at the altered library look. Some things though have remained unchanged as, for example, the historical monument to Vladimir Lenin and granite mozaic floors in the lobby. Also, magnifecent old crystal chandeliers adorn the main reading room.
The space in the new interior is well zoned for individual and group work, workshop activities and studies. The main reading room capacity has increased due to taller book shelves, and the reading room can host up to 90 people for concerts and lectures.
Ten days of the winter holidays were needed to arrange the collections, transport the remaining equipment and furniture, and tidy up the premises.
After the New Year holidays, starting from January 10, 2022, Leninka has started serving its patrons according to the routine schedule: weekdays from 10:00 to 20:00, Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00, and Saturday a day off.