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The History of the National Library of Russia

The history of the National Library of Russia begins with its foundation on 27 May 1795 and covers a period of just under two hundred years. The history of the country during these two centuries covers many different periods: eras of Catherine the Great, Alexander I, Nicholas I, the major reforms which took place in the 1850s, the February Revolution of 1917 and the October Revolution, the World War II. All events and the changed conditions of Russian life inevitably affected life in the Library.

Investigate the various ages that comprise the history of the National Library of Russia.

See also the display Imperial Public Library during Napoleon's Invasion of Russia of 1812.
It describes the life of the Public Library (the former name of the National Library of Russia) during the Franco - Russian War of 1812. Using archival documents, it detailly examines a little-known episode of the evacuation of books from St. Petersburg. Most of the documents are now published for the first time.

 
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