21 January 2018, Sunday, 23:04

First mobile library opens in Minsk

The first mobile library has opened in Minsk downtown.

“There is a reason why the library opened on 3 November. This day is the anniversary of the birthday of Belarusian writer Yakub Kolas. By the way, his books can be downloaded to any gadget free of charge and can be read anywhere,” said First Deputy Director General of the mobile operator MTS Yevgeny Bryantsev.

The visitors of the innovative library will not have to fill in library cards or return books to the library. MTS’ mobile library allows downloading any of 800 masterpieces of Belarusian, Russian and world literature along with children's books.

Seven electronic bookshelves with the images of books have been installed at Yakub Kolas Square in Minsk. The back of each book has a special QR-code or an NFC sign which makes it possible for anyone to download books in the required format and save them to mobile telephones or tablets. Those who need help with downloading will be able to consult “mobile librarians” who will tell the readers about how to use the library depending on the operating system of a particular gadget.

The mobile library comprises works of various genres, including books by popular Belarusian and foreign writers such as Yakub Kolas, Yanka Kupala, Vasil Bykov, Maksim Tank, Maksim Goretsky, Agatha Christie, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Ray Bradbury, Lev Tolstoi and others.

The mobile library welcomes guests 24/7 and will stay open for two weeks. It will then travel to other Belarusian cities.

This educational project has been implemented by the Belarusian Culture Ministry, the MTS mobile operator and Minsk’s Sovetsky District Administration.