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The National Library of Russia was founded
according to the will of Empress Catherine II on
May 27, 1795 as the first available Russian
Library and national repository. The set-up of
the Library took nearly 20 years. A.N.Olenin
(1763-1853) the first Director of the Library
appointed in 1811, played a significant role in
the process. He created the basis of the Library
activities which is topical up to now. The
Library was opened for users on January 14, 1814.
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