To attract more readers, the National Bank of Moldova on April 19 issues free entrance permits that usually cost 15 lei. Also today, the interested readers can visit collections of books and other documents of the institution’s heritage that on ordinary days are closed to users. The measures form part of the Open Doors Day staged at the National Library, IPN reports.
In a press briefing, National Library director Elena Pintilei said the Open Doors Day anticipates the Professional Librarian’s Day that is annually marked on April 23. On April 19, the institution stages a series of activities centering on the library and librarian and on book collections.
Ludmila Corghenci, head of the Center for Continuous Professional Formation in Bibliotechonomy and Information Sciences, said today the librarian is the representative of the profession that makes one study more for the users. In the course of 2018, the visitors of the national libraries increased in number. The libraries served 43% of the population. Each user entered a library at least 11 times a year.
Ludmila Corghenci also spoke about the shortcomings of the national system of libraries. The average book collections renewal rate at international level is of 7-10 years, but in Moldova this is of 95 years. As regards the purchases of books per capita, in 2018 there were bought 30 books per 1,000 people, while the international specified institutions recommend purchasing 250 books per 1,000 people.
A number of 2,690 libraries worked in Moldova on January 1, 2019.