All-Ukrainian library day (30/09)

The All-Ukrainian Day of Libraries (Ukrainian All-Ukrainian Library Day) is celebrated on September 30 according to the Decree of the President of Ukraine No. 471/98 of May 14, 1998, given the great contribution of Ukrainian libraries to the development of national education, science and culture, the need to further increase their role in society and supporting the initiative of the library community.

The first libraries in Kievan Rus began to open at churches and monasteries after the adoption of Christianity in 988. The largest and richest at that time was the library of St. Sophia of Kiev, founded in 1037 by Yaroslav the Wise. In general, the library contained up to 900 volumes of handwritten books - a grandiose number for the Middle Ages.

The books that came out of the workshops of St. Sophia Cathedral became the basis of other libraries, in particular the huge library of the Pechersky Monastery, which from the end of the 11th century became the largest center of the cultural life of Kievan Rus.