Towards the End of Year, National Library of Indonesia Signs Cooperation Agreement with National Library of Belarus
Minsk, Belarus - National Library of Indonesia (NLI) is responsible for developing national collections that facilitate the realisation of a lifelong learning community. In order to fulfil these responsibilities, National Library often cooperates with various institutions both domestic and even abroad. Towards the end of 2019 on a visit to Belarus, National Library of Indonesia signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation with National Library of Belarus on Tuesday (10/12). One of the scopes of cooperation is utilisation of ancient manuscript collections that will be made in digital form. The visit of Belarus Ambassador to Indonesia, H.E Mr. Valery Kolesnik, to National Library of Indonesia in mid-2018 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of publishing in Belarus. Belarus Ambassador symbolically submitted a book about Belarussian historical writer Francysk Skaryna who was the first person to publish a book in Eastern Europe to Director of National Library Muhammad Syarif Bando to be utilised as National Library collection.
Indonesian delegates who attended the visit to Belarus included Director of National Library of Indonesia Muhammad Syarif Bando and Deputy of Library Material Development and Information Services. Indonesian delegation was received directly by Director of National Library of Belarus Raman Matulski who was accompanied by several deputies. Raman Matulski welcomed and appreciated the collaboration carried out by the two countries so that it is expected to be able to enrich library services in both countries. The collaboration signing carried out at National Library of Belarus was coupled with library visit to see the service facilities as well as several collections of books and manuscripts at the library.
National Library of Belarus includes an Ancient Manuscript Museum. Some inspiring collections include the largest book entitled The Birds of America measuring 99 x 66 cm published in 1972. Then the smallest book in the form of Gospel made by Israel, also called Jerusalem Nano Bible, measuring 5 x 5 mm, read using a special tool which is a high-resolution electron microscope. Meanwhile, the oldest collection is Koran made in the 14th century, precisely in 1486. In addition, at the museum, visitors can see the history of the unique library building construction.
National Library of Belarus was awarded the 3rd Most Stunning Library in the World. The library, designed by architects Viktor Kramarenko and Mikhail Vinogradov, has a diamond design symbolising its priceless shape, endless wealth and knowledge and conquering everyone. The library which consists of 23 floors has a height of 73.6 meters with storage facilities designed for 14 million copies and the total area of the entire library is 113,669 square meters. Library services are open daily except for public holidays and national holidays. Operating hours are Monday-Friday at 10 am to 9 pm, while Saturday-Sunday at 10 am to 6 pm.
After seeing a number of collections, Indonesian delegation also saw several infrastructure facilities, one of which was a telelift book transportation such as that which is also owned by National Library in Indonesia. "Many things are good and inspiring, and are worth emulating and applying," Muhammad Syarif Bando said on the sidelines of the visit. Director of National Library of Indonesia hopes that the signing of memorandum of understanding with National Library of Belarus will be a good start in a joint effort to improve library services not only at national level but also extending to international level.