An exhibition titled ‘Bookworms. Reading as a lifestyle’ marks the occasion.
206 years ago on January 14, 1814 the Imperial Public Library, now known as the Russian National Library, was opened in St. Petersburg. To mark the occasion, an exhibition titled ‘Bookworms. Reading as a lifestyle’ starts in the library today.
According to the organizers, the exhibition will tell about such renowned bibliophiles and publishers as Nikolay Soloviov, Pyotr Shibanov, Thomas Phillips and Gabriel Naudé. Separate themes of the exhibition are book therapy and books as objects of profit-making.
Among the items exhibited are advertising posters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and booksellers’ catalogues. The exhibition will be open until February 19.
The Russian National Library keeps over 38 million books and documents including electronic documents. Millions of readers come to the library every year.