By Inna Shuvalova
According to Roman Motulsky, the Director of the National Library of Belarus, 68 percent of the library’s readers visit online, although traditional books still boast a loyal following. Belarus is currently preparing a project to create a virtual database of national editions, covering manuscripts from the earliest days to present days.
National Library employees have prepared a portrait of the typical library reader: a young female university under-graduate, who is curious and can speak at least one foreign language. “She is interested in lectures by teachers from her university, as well as editions being read by students abroad,” stresses Mr. Motulsky.