The State Republican Youth Library (SRYL) is opened on 11 October as the first large specialized library for young readers. Irina Bakhmutskaya becomes its first director. She was an enthusiastic librarian, who loved her work dearly and was blessed with inexhaustible energy and the gift of foresight. The new library’s collection contains books from a branch of the State Public Historical Library of RSFSR. At the beginning, the library consists of Service, Collections, Cataloguing, Bibliographical, Science and Methodology Departments, as well as the Department of Architecture and Equipment and the Programming Sector.
1967 The Department of Sociological Research is opened at the library.
1969 The Department of Career Counseling is opened.
By order of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR the library is named in honour of the 50th anniversary of the All-Union Leninist Young Communist League (Komsomol).
| ||The Department of Foreign Languages begins to function.
The library helps developing collections in emerging young adult libraries in Russia as well as libraries at Komsomol construction projects.
SRYL staff enable the functioning of the Moscow BAM propaganda train.
1971 The Department of Information and Bibliography on Young People’s Issues is created.
To meet readers’ demands, a language lab and an audiovisual materials room are opened at the library.
1972The Department of Recommendatory Bibliography starts publishing brochures on different topics important to young adults.
1973The Music Department is opened.
The laboratory of Marxist-Leninist heritage and the room of military-patriotic education consult readers.
1974The library’s staff are awarded the Lenin Komsomol Prize as well as the Komsomol gold and silver medals for educating the younger generation.
The Central Library Reserve Fund is created to help new libraries develop their collections.
| || Lectures, clubs meetings, and literary union meetings are being opened at SRYL: Exploit film club, a poetry club, Scarlet Sails literary union, Philology, Echo, and Communication clubs.
The library is awarded Certificates of Honour of the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
SRYL is awarded prize at the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy.
1980The Department of the Psychology of Reading is opened.
During the 1980 Summer Olympics the library opens a branch for athletes.
1981A number of new departments are opened: the Department for Marxist-Leninist Heritage Propaganda and the Lenin Reading Room, the Department for Patriotic and International Education, the Department for Coordinating Research and Methodology.
The first Department of Environmental Education in the Soviet libraries is opened.
Various meetings, including Dialogues with Young People, are organized in collaboration with well-known authors and public figures in the House of the Unions.
1982The first meeting of directors of republican and regional youth libraries, which have by now formed a whole network, takes place.
1983 The first annual Open House Day is held at SRYL.
The Central Institute for Professional Training organizes classes for heads of republican and regional young adult libraries’ service departments.
1984 The Central Institute for Professional Training organizes classes for heads of republican and regional young adult libraries’ music departments.
1985During the World Festival of Youth and Students in Moscow the library opens a branch in the Central House of Artists.
1987 The Central Institute for Professional Training organizes classes for directors of republican and regional young adult libraries.
1989The Department for Moral and Legal Education is created.
A video library begins to function.
Directors of republican and regional young adult libraries meet to discuss “The perspectives of young adult library services in RSFSR (development concept, measuring the effectiveness of youth libraries)”.
The library collaborates with the Soviet Children’s Foundation.
1990 The conference “A Youth Library is an Important Centre for Education and Communication”) for Russian and Ukrainian young adult library staff takes place.
The Laboratory for Propaganda of Marxist-Leninist Classics and the Lenin Reading Room are transformed into a department for political culture and a reading room of the same name.
The Departments for Sociological Research and Psychology of Reading open a psychologist’s office.
New departments are opened: the Department for the Promotion of Literature that Assists the Makers’ Movement, and the Department for Career Counseling and Professional Adaptation.
1991The Central Institute for Professional Training organizes classes for heads of Science and Methodology Departments of Russian republican and regional young adult libraries.
A conference celebrating the 25th anniversary of SRYL takes place.
1992 The State Republican Youth Library is renamed as the Russian State Youth Library (RSYL).
School of Library Services “Methodologies of Library Work” is founded.
Russian-American seminar “Critical Thinking and the Library” takes place.
1994 First meeting of directors of Russian young adult libraries takes place.
The National School “Sociologist and Psychologist at the Library” begins to function.
With support from the Goethe Institute a special room for readers who wish to learn German is opened.
The Department of Moral and Legal Education is renamed as the Department for Humanitarian Culture.
1995 The library’s Department for Environmental Culture becomes the host of the first All-Russia Library Environmental Education Competition.
1996 The first meeting “Sociologist and Psychologist at the Children’s and Youth Library” is held.
1997 The All-Russia seminar for directors of children’s and young adult libraries “Innovation at the Russian Children’s and Young Adult Libraries” takes place.
At the request of directors of regional youth libraries RSYL begins to publish Youth Libraries of Russia journal.
The All-Russia Information Centre for Young Adult Issues begins to function at the library.
1998 The All-Russia seminar for directors of young adult libraries discusses the topic “The Library as a Centre for Culture and Education”.
A department for education and career counseling begins to function at RSYL.
The results of the second All-Russia Library Environmental Education Competition (1997 1998) are announced.
RSYL becomes a member of the Russian Library Association.
1999 The second meeting “Sociologist and Psychologist at the Children’s and Youth Library” is held.
2000The International Conference “Libraries to the Young Generation of the 21st Century” is organized.
The Department for Environmental Culture supports the third All-Russia Library Environmental Education Competition (2000 2001).
The All-Russia seminar “The Library and Education” takes place with support from the Russian Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education, the State Committee for Youth Affairs, and the Russian State Children’s Library.
2001 At the International Conference “Crimea-2001” RSYL holds a seminar on “Developing Environmental Culture at the Library”.
The results of the third All-Russia Library Environmental Education Competition (2000 2001) are announced.
The International Conference on “Libraries for the Young Generation in the New Century” for directors of regional young adult libraries is held.
The third All-Russia meeting “Sociologist and Psychologist at the Children’s and Youth Library” is organized, its proceedings are published as a collection of articles.
In October, Vilena Ostrovskaya becomes the new director of the library.
2002 The RSYL Department for Environmental Culture creates the All-Russia Library Centre for Environmental Culture (RCEC). It has an Academic Council made up of librarians as well as eminent ecologists.
The Department for Young People’s Reading Issues is created.
In collaboration with the Russian State Children’s Library, RSYL organizes the All-Russia Seminar for Methodology Services in Children’s and Young Adult Libraries, in which representatives of 83 libraries take part.
RSYL takes part in the creation of the Russian Library Association’s Section for Young Adult Libraries, its first session happening at the RLA’s 7th annual conference (in Yaroslavl in May 2002).
2003 At the initiative of RSYL, the conference on “The Problems of Youth Policy in Political Parties’ and Youth Associations’ Programmes’ is held.
website is created.
A media library is opened at RSYL.
2004 A project for a Model Standard for a Regional Library for Young Adults is drafted.
The All-Russia competition for regional libraries “Moral Education for Young People Based on the Principles of Tolerance” is held.
The library begins to prepare the fourth All-Russia Library Environmental Education Competition (2005 2006).
On 17 January, Irina Bakhmutskaya, RSYL founder and director until 2001, passes on. Her body lies in repose at the library.
2005 RSYL signs memorandums of understanding with the Ukrainian State Youth Library and the Kazakhstan State Republican Youth Library.
An Electronic Resource Room is opened at the library, incorporating the Media Library and the Department for New Information Technologies.
The Concept of Development of Young Adult Services in Russia and The Regional Youth Library: The Standard for Modern Practices are presented to the Russian Library Association.
2006 The reading rooms are reopened after being rebuilt.
The results of the fourth All-Russia Library Environmental Education Competition (2005 2006) are announced.
On 1 December 2006, Irina Mikhnova is appointed the director of RSYL.
2007 RSYL’s new Academic Council, comprised of leading RSYL staff and prominent library specialists, holds its first meeting.
RSYL becomes a user of the National Information and Library Centre LIBNET.
The library begins to adopt the BBK classification system.
The library is radically restructured and henceforth combines the functions of a reading room, lending library, and information service.
Research centre “Library. Reading. Internet” is created.
The library begins to develop a collection of professional literature including that published in the regions of Russia that discusses the problems of young adult library services.
2008 The library continues to be modernized: new strategies are developed, a new structure is implemented, staffing changes are introduced, the collection is revamped, the staff trained.
The website is launched.
RSYL hosts Library Editor Classes for specialists who work in publishing.
RSYL director Irina Mikhnova becomes a member of the RLA governing board and chair of the RLA Section for Young Adult Libraries.
2009 By order of the Russian Ministry of Culture the Russian State Youth Library is renamed as the Russian State Library for Young Adults (RSLYA).
After a long period of renovation, the library is reopened for readers.
The First International Congress on Modern Young People at the Modern Library takes place.
The library organizes two national competitions: and .
2010 RSLYA organizes the First Russian Convention for Young Librarians.
The first Comics and Visual Culture Centre is created at the library.
The sixth meeting “Sociologist and Psychologist at the Library” is held.
The professional trip “Finnish Libraries” is organized.
The library introduces RFID self-service stations for checking out and returning materials.
2011 Modernization of the library is completed.
RSLYA director Irina Mikhnova becomes a member of the IFLA Section Libraries for Children and Young Adults Standing Committee.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev meets representatives of the internet community at the library.
The library hosts an exit session of the Presidential Council for Disabled People’s Issues.
The Second International Congress on Modern Young People at the Modern Library takes place.
2012 Irina Mikhnova is elected vice president of the Russian Library Association.
At the RLA conference, Guidelines for Young Adult Library Services in Russian Public Libraries are introduced.
Two competitions are held: the All-Russia Eco-Booklet Competition and the All-Russia Library Blog Competition, which RSLYA co-organizes.
The Second Russian Convention for Young Librarians is organized.
The seventh meeting “Sociologist and Psychologist at the Library” is held.
The International project is launched.
Irina Mikhnova becomes head of the task force that makes recommendations in connection with the enactment of Federal Law On Protecting Children from Information Harmful to Their Health and Development.
2013The Third International Congress on Modern Young People at the Modern Library takes place.
RSLYA acts as one of the organizers of the All-Russia Competition for Young People’s Professional Librarian Unions “Leader of the Russian Young People’s Librarian Movement 2013”.
The library organizes a professional training programme “Library Management in the 21st Century and New Technologies” at the Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
2014The library develops the concept of and opens the .
RSLYA launches an international video project about public libraries that successfully serve young people.
Young People of Russia E-Library is created a resource that helps professionals who work with young people.
In collaboration with the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs the library organizes: a round table discussion on modern young people’s subcultures in the context of the state young people’s cultural policy; the All-Russia seminar “Open Doors” on the problems of young people with disabilities at the library; and the interdepartmental seminar “State. Culture. Youth”.
In March and November, the library holds classes for young adult librarians “The Organization and Modern Technologies of Young Adult Library Services”.
RSLYA and the National Library for Children and Young Adults, Seoul, South Korea sign a memorandum of understanding.
The eighth meeting “Sociologist and Psychologist at the Library” takes place.
The mid-year meeting of the IFLA Section Libraries for Children and Young Adults Standing Committee takes place in Moscow.
“Effective Library Management in the Interests of Youth”, a seminar for directors of young adult libraries as well as libraries that serve young people, takes place.
A professional seminar for librarians “Using Comics to Encourage Young People to Read” takes place.
RSLYA organizes a professional training programme in Germany: “Modern Libraries: Service, Space, Transformations”.
2015 RSLYA opens the a new hi-tech space for young people.
The All-Russia Interdepartmental Seminar “Young People’s Vocabulary in Everyday Culture” takes place.
The Computer Library is revamped and becomes a laboratory for self-education and innovation.
The National Seminar “The Modern Library and Environmental Challenges. New Approaches to Forming a Young People’s Environmental Culture” takes place.
The library website gets a new My Account feature: users now have the opportunity to download a digital library card to Passbook on their mobile device.
The Fourth International Congress on Modern Young People at the Modern Library takes place.
RSLYA gets an unlimited license to provide educational services.
Two educational projects are launched: Effective Library Open Online School and Methodology Webinar “Successful Library Programmes for Young People”.
The library begins to publish an online newspaper about young people and for young people called .
RSLYA director Irina Mikhnova is reelected as vice president of the Russian Library Association and chair of RLA’s Section for Young Adult Libraries.
The library conducts research on “Young Protagonists in Russian Literature as seen by Modern Young Readers”.