The Russian state library system’s consolidation may be accelerating, following a recent round of changes in top management at the country’s three largest facilities.
The State Library (formerly the Lenin Library) is located in Moscow, and the National Library (formerly the Imperial Library) and the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library (established in 2007 by Vladimir Putin) are in St. Petersburg. While the Yeltsin Library may be best known for its collection of digital books, the State and National libraries’ holdings are among the world’s largest.
News reports indicate that coming changes include a revised approach to the concept of combining the State Library in Moscow and the National Library in St. Petersburg.
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