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The socio-economic research reading room


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Today the combined stocks of "the great library of Russia" number more than 31 million items, almost a sixth of which are in foreign languages. Every year this repository takes in more than half a million new publications: books, albums, brochures, periodicals, newspapers, leaflets and new examples of printed fine art. Today as before, the library has a right to a statutory copy of any publication issued in the country, but many works are also acquired by purchase or subscription, and also through exchanges with Russian and foreign libraries, establishments of learning and publishing centers. Some seven thousand publications are donated to the library each year by different individuals and organizations. Each year the library welcomes almost 1.5 million readers, more than half of whom are scholars or specialists in particular fields. A whole system of reading rooms has been created for them with a present day capacity of 1,390 places. One of the rooms is exclusively for the use of children and teenagers. The number of publications supplied to readers in the course of the year is currently over 11 million.

The socio-economic research reading room
Work on the computerization of the library began in 1987, prompted by the requirements of the stage it had reached in its development. At present the library has about 200 computers joined together in networks which make it possible to supply readers and other users with various kinds of informational services. The ultimate goal of this long-term project is the creation of a National Library information center as the hub of a network covering the city, the region and Russia as a whole.
The socio-economic research reading room

 



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