January 23, 2022

Russia: “Moscow’s Libraries Get a Makeover, 1st Stop – Dostoyevsky”

From The Moscow News:

The library at 23 Chistoprudny Bulvar first opened in 1907 on the first floor of an apartment block built for Moscow’s growing middle class. Renamed in honor of Fyodor Dostoevsky after the Revolution, it has had many lives since. Its newest began last month as one of the city’s new showcase libraries.


The man leading the library revival is Boris Kupriyanov, the owner of Falanster, the independent bookshop just off Tverskaya Ulitsa that specializes in radical, political and intellectual literature. It has been raided by police, and once was forced to move after it burned down in a suspected arson.


Now Kupriyanov aims to get people back into the libraries. All city libraries will eventually get a makeover, he said, offering multimedia content, hosting film screenings and lectures, and staying open much later.  Two are already complete: the one at Chistoprudny Bulvar, and Prospekt Library at 127 Leninsky Prospekt.

“The library should be open for the city, for people. It should be visible, it should be noticeable,” Kupriyanov said. “It should be the cultural enclave in the area.”

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