The National Library of Armenia is the main research centre on librarianship, bibliography and information science in Armenia.
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NLA is the largest repository of printed Armenian materials in the world. The first Armenian printed book “Urbatagirq” (Venice 1512-1513), the first periodical “Azdarar” (Madras 1794) and the first printed map “Hamatarats Ashkharhatsuyts” (Amsterdam 1695) are preserved in the National Library.
The library’s collections as of 1 January 2012 counts more than 6,8 million item- books, magazines, newspapers, maps, posters, theses, notes, postcards, stamps, calendars, banknotes, DVDs.
The library’s history begins in the year 1832, when the library of Male Gymnasium was founded, and on the basis of 18.000 volumes the Armenian national Library was formed.
During 1925-1990, the library was named after Armenian famous statesman Al. Myasnikyan. In 1990, it was renamed as National Library of Armenia. In 1982 on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the library it was awarded the “Peoples’ Friendship” medal.
The library is located in 4 buildings. The oldest and main building is Al. Tamanyan’s project (1939). The other facilities were in operation in 1972, 1976, 1990.
About 900 patrons visit the library. The National Library of Armenia is a member of several international non-governmental organizations and associations.
The Armenian Library Associations office is located in the National Library of Armenia.