These days, Namangan is often described as the second capital of Uzbekistan, and for good reason. Year by year it is growing more and more modern and sophisticated, which can be seen while driving through the streets of the city. The city is rapidly developing before our eyes. Here you can visit one of the largest parks Afsona, and Namangan Presidential School, and a huge project – the center of business and entertainment Namangan Square is underway. And recently, another important attraction has been added – a new youth library the opening of which had been a long-awaited event has finally welcomed its visitors.
The new library is a magnificent three stories tall construction spreading to more than 3.5 thousand square meters, has a huge archive on the ground floor, a large theme cafe and a tall white fountain. It can boast a rich collection of books (120,000), a computer room, a culture corner where you can plunge into the culture of Uzbekistan and listen to maqoms – traditional classic Uzbek songs, a coworking zone for the implementation of start-up projects, and a “green zone” of an IT park for training and work of young programmers. In addition, it is a “digital library” with access to the largest library in the world – over 6,000,000 e-books and 250,000 audiobooks, treasures of world literature as the British Library, the Australian Library, the Moscow State University, and Gorky Library. So we can claim that this is truly a treasure trove for anyone passionate about reading. Moreover, it is simply an excellent place for research, work, or a cloistered environment with your boo.
The opening ceremony of this library created a furor, as it was a very long-awaited event, and the project itself looked very intriguing. And it certainly met all expectations and even more. This library represents a new level of advancement of the city and its youth.
Now the doors of the library are open not only for those who wish to read but also for tour groups to acquaint themselves more closely with the opportunities that open up within its walls. Our students did not decline such an opportunity and enthusiastically toured the new library. With what a mesmerizing look they walked between the shelves with books, how their eyes burned when they turned over the rustling pages of completely new books! Here, even the most ardent opponent of reading will want to go over the spines of books in search of something interesting.
The new library did not leave anyone indifferent. Now it is a favorite after-school place for pupils and students, as well as a place for various events of the republican scale.