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January 18, 2022

National Library of Romania reopened

The National Library of Romania (BNR) opened for public yesterday, the World Book Day and the Romanian Librarian Day. Patriarch Daniel has performed a hallowing service in the presence of Premier Mihai Razvan Ungureanu and Culture Minister Kelemen Hunor and representatives of the Academy and the Central Bank. Until Friday, April 27, The Library will host numerous events, including the exhibition “ Book Object: exhibition of Romanian contemporary art” (Romanian Fine Artists’ Guild), “Il fascino dell’Italia”, opening the “Cultural Dialogue” series with a book launch, a painting and furniture exhibition, a fashion show and others. The Library has 14 large lecture halls, 6 conference halls, a 400-seat grand hall, a 30000 sqm book storage and 15000 sq m of multifunctional areas for exhibitions, libraries, concert halls and cafes. The new quarter is also home to the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The Unirii Boulevard locale of the National Library has had an agitated history after the Revolution. No investments were made for long intervals of time, which caused the building to fall into disrepair and attract thieves of scrap metal and construction materials. In 2002, the building going to be transferred under the administration of the State Asset Fund Authority (RAAPPS) sparked a great deal of controversy. The plan was scrapped eventually.

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