Eaves with open-work balustrades, stained glass windows, two exposition halls and a fabulous facade - the building of the Chernihiv Regional Library for Children and Youths is a true gem of the city.
Constructed in 1868 in a pseudogothic style, it was opened to run hands-on classes for a local orphanage. Soon, it became the first interior location of the Museum of Antiquities, and in 1980 a library opened here. The literary collection here consisted of nearly 60,000 different works: literature for children, young people, and general audiences. An i-Library ArtCenter also functioned within the library.
This architectural keepsake has survived unscathed through World War I and World War II, but could not endure Russian attacks.
On March 11th, 2022, the occupants dropped multiple 500kg bombs on Chernihiv. Some struck the stadium and the library. Fortunately, nobody died or was injured.
“Specialists from the State Emergency Services have prohibited anyone from entering the building, since the load-bearing structures inside are practically hanging on by the bookshelves. Little by little, wherever it was possible, we’ve taken a large section of the collection and transported it elsewhere,” tells us Ludmyla Zamay, the Director of the Department of Culture, Tourism, Nationality and Religion of the Chernihiv regional military administration.
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