Librarians to greet Irkutsk residents on the jubilee with automobile rally


The staff of Centralized Library System will greet Irkutsk residents on the city anniversary with automobile rally «Vivat, Irkutsk!». The rally will coincide with the All-Russia Day of Libraries on May 26.

The city administration press service informs that the library motorcade is to start at 12:00 at Innokentyevskaya Library, Sibirksikh partisan st., 22. The flagged cars will proceed by the municipal libraries.


Source: Izvestia

Ekaterina Vilmont, famous detective writer, died


Ekaterina Vilmont, the author of many novels and children's novels, died at the age of 76, AST Publishers’ Press Service informs.

«AST Publishers regrets to inform that on May 16 Ekaterina Vilmont, the writer beloved by millions of the Russians, passed away».

They at the Publishers emphasize that 20 odd years of their cooperation with E. Vilmont were the happy and exciting period.

No information on the cause of death and funeral date is available yet.


Source: Bookmix Club

«Vice and wooers»: Next episode of «Books and whispers» on the scandals in the world of literature


The Episode 9 of «Books and whispers» podcast by Ekaterinburg Municipal Library Group is released. The authors decided to open Pandora’s box in the seemingly serene world of literature and to tell about scandals and intrigues that would possibly change the readers’ attitude toward some authors.

The listeners will learn that plagiarism is the literature key driver. Almost all writers have been claimed to steal plots and characters: from Joan Rowling who is claimed to «reproduce the Harry Potter’s magic world from a famous tale-teller, to Mikhail Sholokhov, who, several sceptics say, just could not write such an outstanding book as «Quiet Flows the Don» at the age of 22.


Source: Bookmix Book Club

State Duma approved the draft law on rating the book business as the social one in the first hearing


On Tuesday, at its plenary meeting, the State Duma unanimously approved, in the first hearing, the draft law on rating the small and medium book publishers as the social businesses.

The bill is drafted to execute the presidential instruction «on the extra measures to provide state support to organizations undertaking several categories of cultural activities in 2021 and 2022». The document implies amendments to be made to Clause 24-1 of the Federal Law «On developing small and medium businesses in the Russian Federation».

«The projected federal law is to refer the selling of book products intended for kids and young adults, educational, learning and reference literature performed by small and medium businesses to the category of social entrepreneurship for the period 2021 and 2022. <…> Support to the social enterprises may be offered in the form of funding or property assistance, provision of infrastructure or other», – the explanatory note to the bill reads.


Source: Book Industry Journall

5,400 regional libraries to be connected to the Internet before the end of 2021


Dmitry Chernyshenko, Deputy Premier, claims that, by the end of 2021, 5,400 public libraries will get Internet-connected.

«We are going on with connecting socially important objects to the Internet, and the libraries are among them in accordance with Presidential instruction. In the country’s regions, and in particular in the outland areas far from regional centers, public libraries are of great importance to the citizens being the source of knowledge, live relationship and communication. Our goal is to assist these organizations and to apply, owing to digitization, the most relevant approaches demanded by the population. This year we have been continuing the job of connection them. By the end of 2021, 5,400 public libraries are to get Internet-connection with channel capacity of no less than 10Mbit/s», – Vice Premier says.


Source: RF Government Press Service

World Book and Copyright Day


On April 23, 2021, the World Book and Copyright Day will be celebrated. This day was established at UNESCO conference in 1995 and in 1996 it was celebrated for the first time.

Its main and obvious theme is the role of books in preservation and augmentation of culture in every country of the world. Another tradition is to select a World Book Capital for the year. To remind, this year Russia’s St. Petersburg is claiming this status.

Meanwhile, in Moscow, on April 23, at 17:30 – 20.30, the World Book Day will be celebrated at the Russian Literature Center with the presentation of two significant publications. After the presentation, on April 23-26, everyone interested may visit the Central Architect House to get them free at the bookcrossing station.


Source: Russian Literature Center

Online library book reservation service


The online service for book reservation in municipal libraries is designed, Natalya Sergunina, Deputy Mayor informed. The new service «The Moscow libraries» for booksretrieval and reservation is available via the portal. With this service, the users can get a fix on the book location and reserve it online. The service is also to inform users when the ordered book is ready for lending; it should be picked within three days. To apply, users must have a single library user card and standard or complete user account at



St. Peterburg librarians to read fairy tales on the phone


On Friday, the libraries of St. Petersburg Frunzensky District implemented the modernized version of the project of reading fairy tales on the phone. During the Corona lockdown, this service has become very popular. Now, this regular free service is available both for the kids and adult users.

The librarians are to read not only fairy tales but also other books from library collections. «Rostelecom provides the phone line for the new project, which enables to involve more storytellers. There will be more female tale-tellers and male tale-tellers will also join the project», – the organizers inform. Last year, the project «The Telephone Tales» excited great interest. Beside the youngest residents of St. Petersburg, the users in Moscow, Tolyatti, Irkutsk and French Strasburg turned to the service. Moreover, libraries in Estonian capital city Tallinn adopted this experience.


Source: TASS

The copy of one of the oldest Slavic Gospels transferred to the Russian State Library


 The restored Mariinksye Gospel – the book monument of early Slavic writing of the cusp of the 10-th-11-th centuries, has been transferred to the Russian State Library.

For over 2 years, the best RSL experts had been studying and restoring the manuscript . Today, there are 11 ancient manuscripts in Glagolitic script known in the world, and the Marian Gospel is among them. Vadim Duda, RSL Director, says that the RSL Research Department has got the «great book» back to its collections, from which it will be available for scholars and library users.



«Osip Mandelstam Digital»


A new Internet resource – Osip Mandelstam Digital – is related to the poet Osip Mandelstam. It was designed as a joint project of the Center for Digital Humanities at the Higher School of Economics and the Mandelstam Society.

The project is to collect and preserve different versions of verses and related scholarly literature.

The resource is based on the bibliography compiled by Oleg Lekmanov, Elena Source, and Alexandra Chaban for the 2017 collected works publication.


 Source: Osip Mandelstam Digital website

Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology to exhibit rare publications from state research centers’ collection


Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology to exhibit rare publications from state research centers’ collections

Within the framework of the Year of Science and Technologies, the exhibition of the publications of state science and research centers is open. The users will get familiar with the books previously available only for scholars.

On April 9, the ceremony of opening the exhibition of publications by the state research centers was held at Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology. The users can see over 300 exhibits: rarefied books, brochures, journals in priority sci-tech areas – aviation, medicine, robotics, nuclear physics, instrument engineering, etc.

The publications on the display were published in 2000-2020, and, as a rule, they were not available for the wide audience before.


Source: RF Ministry of Science and Higher Education Press Service

«REVIZOR» professional contest


The applications for the «REVIZOR» professional contest are being received.

«Revizor» is an annual contest of the professionals in the book industry among the best projects and initiative in book publishing, book distribution and librarianship in Russia.

The contest task is to find and stimulate impressive innovative solutions in book publishing, book and reading support. It is to support the book industry and to promote the important role of book and reading in the Russian society


Source: The Book Industry Journal

The third season of «Blog Post» Award starts


The applications for the «Blog Post» best book blog of the year is now being received. The prize is to be awarded to a blogging project in the Russian language with no-less than 50% content devoted to the books. The jury will judge by the following criteria: content unique character, intellectual newness, style, innovativeness, readers’ involvement, and update frequency. The blog may be positioned on the following platforms: Facebook, Instagram, «VKontakte», Telegram, YouTube, or TikTok; it may also be an audio podcast or stand-alone blog. The applications are received till May 10 (inclusively).


Source: The Award official website

The unique copy of Nikolay Gogol’s collection of works is put up for auction


LITFUND Auction House offers to buy Nikolay Gogol’s collection of works with the author’s personal seal.

The initial price for four 1842 volumes of the half-binding of leather makes 2.8 million rubles.

This is Gogol’s first and only lifetime collection edition. The circulation made 5,000 copies intended for theaters. The collection comprises «Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka», «Mirgorod», novels and comedies.


Source: Official website of TV channel 78

Biblionight – 2021: The book – the  way to the stars!


In 2021, the annual «Biblionight» event will take place for the tenth time. On April 24, the libraries all over Russia will offer their special programs comprising master classes, tours, lectures, authors’ events, poetry soirees, book fairs, etc.

This year theme is «The book – the way to the stars». The events are dedicated to science, technology, and the 60-th anniversary of the first manned space flight.

The «Biblionight-2021» event organizers are Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation and, the Russia’s cultural heritage and traditions web-portal.


Source: Culture.rf

StrategyOn the strategy of librarianship in the Russian Federation


 The RF Government supported the draft Strategy for Librarianship up to the Year 2030. The detailed document to determine the development for the further decade has been initially prepared by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation in collaboration with the library community.
«Developing the modern library system is an indispensable condition for building intellectual potential of the Russian society. Lacking single policy prevents the Russian libraries from meeting today’s challenges. Underfunding library collection development and collection preservation, along with the need for young professionals inflow influence systematic development of the library industry”, – says Minister of Culture Olga Lyubimova. She also says that the Strategy is to solve the above-mentioned problems and to sustain modernization of the industry.


Source: Press Service of the RF Ministry of Culture

PNB 21Russian Book Chamber to be merged with Russian State Library


The road map for the transfer the functions of the Russian Book Chamber to the Russian State Library is approved. The corresponding order signed by Premier Mikhail Mishustin was published on official Internet portal of legal information. The world largest national library information collection is to be established. It will become the most complete collection. Such solution will compensate for mutual lacunes. It is to preserve the richest book heritage forever, to provide user services, including via the digital channels. The consolidated collection will make approx. 200 million documents which will make the world largest library.


Source: Press Service of the Russian State Library