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Exhibitions

Art exhibitions of  the National Library of Belarus

The library has a gallery complex which holds about 300 art works. The total area of all galleries is more than 2 200 square meters. The complex includes five venues:

  • “Atrium” (341,6 square meters, on the third floor);
  • “Labyrinth” (524,1 square meters, on the third floor);
  • “Mobile Gallery” (296,5 square meters, on the third floor);
  • “Panorama” (626,2 square meters, on the 22nd floor, the indoor observation platform);
  • “Rakurs” (752 square meters, on the second floor).

The gallery complex of the National Library of Belarus is designed for art exhibitions and meetings with artists and cultural workers.

Opening hours of the galleries

To visit the galleries “Atrium”, “Labyrinth”, “Mobile Gallery” and “Rakurs” you must have the NLB reader card, or be a member of an excursion group, or have the pass of the "Social and Cultural Center". To join the library or receive the pass please go to the Reception and provide your identity document.

Entrance to the gallery "Panorama" is paid, the entrance fee is equal to that of the Observation Platform (except for exhibition opening ceremonies). Entrance for excursion groups is free of charge.

The library organizes a large number of events (including unplanned). Before visiting the art galleries it is advisable to learn more information about exhibitions. Contact phone number: (+375 17) 266 37 37.

Book exhibitions of the National Library of Belarus

The library arranges subject and anniversary book exhibitions, presentations and other cultural events. Expositions are rotated  according to the timetable.

The richness and variety of the National Library of Belarus funds is reflected due to the jubilee and thematic book expositions that are located at 8 exhibition spaces in the circular corridors of the 2nd and 3rd floors with the capability of simultaneous exposing of more than 2,000  documents. A unique half-million collection of national documents published on the territory of Belarus from the beginning of the XIX century to our time becomes priority in the selection of book exhibits, as well as publications and materials about Belarus, including foreign ones. The other documents also can be exposed. For example: books of foreign publishing houses, brochures, leaflets, maps, music sheets, posters, etchings, postcards from different library collections.

Book exhibitions are located in the circular halls on the second and on the third floors, and also in the reading rooms:

  • Periodicals Reading Room (anteroom, on the first floor, room 106);
  • Anteroom of the Official Documents Department (anteroom, on the second floor, room 207);
  • Documents of International Organizations Reading Room (on the second floor, room 207g);
  • Belarusian Literature Reading Room (on the second floor, room 205);
  • Music and Audio Materials Reading Room (on the third floor, room 305);
  • Visual Materials Reading Room (on the third floor, room 307).

Users have access to reading lists of literature displayed at exhibitions. The reading lists are available in all reading rooms on any user workbench.

The Exhibition Division of the National Library of Belarus prepares and holds both book and art exhibitions.

Virtual exhibitions of the National Library of Belarus

We offer to the Library users a new service: the virtual exhibition on the library’s Internet portal.

Users have 24/7 access to virtual documents from the collections of the library. The virtual stands present books, reproductions, postcards, electronic documents etc. Information is structured in thematic sections.

Virtual exhibitions have a simple navigation with hyperlinks for easy moving between sections. Design is simple and user-friendly. Editions on display are provided with brief summaries.