Vernadskyj National Library of Ukraine

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Vernadskyj National Library of Ukraine

Національна бібліотека України імені В.І. Вернадського

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Photo taken in 2013

founding August 2, 1918
Duration 15 million media units
Library type National Library
place Kiev , Ukraine Coordinates: 50 ° 24 ′ 14.3 ″  N , 30 ° 31 ′ 7.1 ″  EUkraineUkraine  World icon
operator state

The Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine ( Ukrainian Національна бібліотека України імені В.І. Вернадського Nazionalna biblioteka imeni Ukrajiny WI Wernadskoho ) is a scientific library and the National Library in the Ukrainian capital Kiev .

With around 15 million media units, it is one of the 20 largest libraries in the world .


The Vernadskyj National Library was opened on August 2, 1918 on the initiative of the Ukrainian politician Pavlo Skoropadskyj and bears the name of the Russian geologist and geochemist Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky (Ukrainian: Vernadskyj ).

Collection and acquisition

As a national library, it systematically collects and archives deposit copies and records them in a national bibliography . The inventory includes all Ukrainian publications and copies of all Ukrainian doctoral theses.

The Vernadskyi National Library has the world's most comprehensive collection of Slavic writings, including the Peressopnytsya Gospels , incunabula and collections on Ukrainian scholars.

It has the world's largest archive of Jewish folk music , recorded on phonograph cylinders . The collection was registered in the UNESCO World Document Heritage in 2005.

The library has works on the history and culture of Ukraine and the surrounding regions, including the only existing manuscript musical composition by Artemiĭ Vedel .


The library building, built between 1975 and 1989, has 27 floors and a total area of ​​35,700 m². It is 76.7 m high to the roof and 78.6 m high to the top of the antenna.

Web links

Commons : Vernadskyj National Library of Ukraine  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Vernadsky National Library on , accessed September 26, 2015