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Vyborg Central Town Library named after A. Aalto

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VYBORG TOWN CENTRAL LIBRARY named after A. A. Aalto (Vyborg Town, 4 Suvorov Street). The official opening day of the library is considered to be the year 1944, however, it has a long history. In 1806 there already existed a readers’ circle at Vyborg Town German college. In 1910 as a result of merging of the town and popular libraries and the reading room Vyborg Town Library was founded. In 1935 the library moved in a new building, erected for the library with the money of Vyborg patrons M. and U. Lallukka. After conection of Karelia to the USSR in 1940 – 1941 the library functioned as the Republic Public Library of Karelian-Finn Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, then as branch of the State Public Library named after M. Y. Saltykov-Shchedrin. With the beginning of the Great Patriotic Was the most valuable funds were evacuated. After Vyborg Town was liberated in 1944, it was opened in another building as a town library, and formation of new fund began. In 1962 the library moved back into the old building. In 1967 to 1994 it has the name of N. K. Krupskaya, and in 1994 it received it present name. The general-purpose fund contains over 400,000 storage units. The library is annually visited by around 30,000 readers, with over 660,000 borrowings a year. The library receives about 150 periodical titles as well as provides access to e-versions of numerous journals and newspapers. The substantial fund on arts includes a unique collection of phonerecords. The specialized department of foreign literature contains 45 storage units in 26 languages. Special interest has editions on Vyborg in Finnish and Swedish, as well as publications of Vyborg Town authors and books signed by famous people. Since 1973 the library has been central to unified library system of the town and has three filial branches. Now it is a major cultural and information centre of Vyborg Town and the venue for literary and musical evenings, as well as art and photo exhibitions. It hosts international conferences, seminars and exhibitions and runs the Library’s Friends Club. The library building is a federal architectural monument. Built in 1935 acording to the design of A. Aalto, it became exemplary for many library buildings all over the world. The building did not damage during the Soviet – Finn campaign and WWII, but since after the war it was not included in any preservation programme, that caused irreparable damage. The first restoration works took place in 1960 – 1961. Now a new series of restoration works is under way, which started in 1994 and these works are financed by Russian and Finland on a par.

Blyudova, Lyudmila Konstantinovna

Aalto, Alvar
Lallukka, Maria
Lallukka, Uho

Leningrad Oblast, the/Vyborg District/Vyborg Town/Suvorov Street

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