The National Parliamentary Library of Georgia stands
in the center of Tbilisi, on Lado Gudiashvili street.It has three old
buildings decorated with the old Georgian ornaments and one modern
one. The library has 150 years of history. Its
predecessor was a public library which was founded in 1846, and was
based on vicegerent's private library, which consisted from 6200
printed items. Tbilisi Public Library has been considered as one of
the best from the second half of XIX century by foreign travelers and
scientists, who visited Tbilisi.
From 1931 the library moved to the building of the former Nobility
Bank (current first building). It was built in XIX century and is one
of the most beautiful specimen of the Georgian architecture.
Afterwards the Library joined several excellent buildings.
The name of the library was changed several times and from 1997 it
is called the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia.
There are preserved many collections of the famous scientists,
publicmen, writers, institutions and organizations. There are stored
unique and rich literature in regional studies. Over 16
million printed items are stored in large, light reading rooms, halls
and spacious cellars.
The oldest book preserved in the library is Seneka's
"Tragedies", which is printed in Florentia in 1506. Among
the oldest manuscripts preserved in the library is XIII century
Georgian manuscript of "Gospel".
Nowadays the aim of the Library is to serve the readers, both -
residents of Georgia and those who are outside the country, using
broad capabilities of high technologies on the level of modern
standards. The Library's mission is to make its resources available
and useful to the Parliament and the Georgian people and sustain and
preserve the universal collection of knowledge for future