May 23, 2022

Tension and Unrest in Ukraine: Ukrainian Library Association Publishes Statement, Pictures on IFLA Web Site

From a Statement Shared by the Ukrainian Library on the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) Web Site:

During the months of January and February 2014, the National Parliamentary Library of Ukraine found itself at the center of the anti-government clashes in Kiev. T


Librarians remained neutral and did not take direct part in the anti-government protests, but carried out their professional duties, saving people, protecting library collections and the library building. Beyond this, the International Red Cross opened a field hospital on the ground floor of the National Parliamentary Library and managed to save many lives.

Maidan activists together with librarians defended the National Parliamentary Library and stayed in the library building day and night. As a result of their efforts, the National Parliamentary Library of Ukraine is safe, as are the library collections and librarians.


On 21 February 2014, the Ukrainian Library Association together with other organisations formed a Ukrainian National Committee within the Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield (ANCBS), an international body of organisations formed “with the purpose of coordinating and strengthening international efforts to protect cultural property at risk of destruction during armed conflicts or natural disasters.”

Read the Complete Statement, View Pictures

See Also: Ukrainian Library Association Website

See Also: Other News From Ukrainian Library Association (Mechanical Translations via Google)

See Also: Cultural Property: Blue Shield Issues Statement on Situation in Ukraine (February 27, 2014)

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