The opening of Remote Access Centre for Information Resources at the Russian Presidential Library in Cairo
This came on the side-lines of the 25th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in which Egypt was participating this year as a guest of honour.
Present were Egypt’s ambassador to Russia Nazih El-Nagari; Director of the Presidential Library Yuri Nosov; Director of the Russian Cultural Centres in Egypt Marat Gatin; Makarem El-Ghamry, the former Dean of the Faculty of Al-Alsun and a professor of Russian Literature; Mohamed El-Gabali, head of the Russian Language Department at Ain Shams University; and Director of the National Library of Uzbekistan Umida Teshabayeva.
Also in attendance were Sherif Gad, the president of the Egyptian Association of Graduates of Russian and Soviet Universities, and Secretary-General of the Association Fathi Toghan.
For his part, El-Nagari stated that the Presidential Library is one of the tributaries of Russian culture and that the library’s initiative to open its remote reading halls will enable science and culture seekers to satisfy their desires to be provided with knowledge, pointing out that the inauguration of the year of humanitarian cooperation between Egypt and Russia is a new indication of the continued development of Egyptian-Russian relations.
Meanwhile Gatin indicated that providing access to the presidential library comes within the framework of building bridges of scientific and cultural communication to cope with the global technical development, explaining that “it is planned in the near future to open remote viewing rooms for all Egyptian universities in Cairo and Alexandria, as well as in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. After the opening, visitors will have more opportunities to participate in online conferences, seminars, and webinars.”
It is worth noting that the Presidential Library was inaugurated on 27 May 2009 as an electronic storage of the most important Russian state documents as well as Russian language-related documents. It is located in St. Petersburg — the cultural capital of Russia — in the historic building of the Synod.
It includes electronic reading rooms, conference and meeting rooms, a television complex, digital data storage centres, and a publishing and printing complex.
In the present time, the Russian Presidential Library collection includes more than 550,000 books and volumes as well as a large number of electronic files that include videos, photos, and important audio recordings related to scientific experiments. The library also includes modern electronic platforms that provide access to information resources remotely.
From 2009-2021, the library’s portal was visited by several million remote users from inside and outside Russia, and so far, the Presidential Library has opened about 1,400 remote access centres throughout Russia as well as 46 remote access centres in 31 foreign countries.