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It is the biggest library in the Republic of Belarus

The National Library of Belarus is the biggest library in the Republic of Belarus.

The library is located in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. It houses the largest collection of Belarusian printed materials and the third largest collection of books in Russian behind the Russian State Library (Moscow) and the Russian National Library (Saint Petersburg).

The library’s main architectural component has the shape of a rhombicuboctahedron.

The height of the building is 73.6 metres (241.5 feet) and weight is 115 000 tones. The building has 23 floors. The National Library can seat about 2,000 readers and features a 500-seat conference hall.

The library’s building was designed by architects Mihail Vinogradov and Viktor Kramarenko and opened on 16 June 2006.

The National Library of Belarus is the main information and cultural centre of the country. Its depository collections include about 10 million items of various media.

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