The message reads, in part:
“This significant anniversary is an excellent opportunity to look back over the rich history of the world’s first state institution established to register printed matter. It is a time to recall the names of the outstanding scholars and public figures behind its creation and pay homage to the great contribution generations of its employees have made to developing this unique collection of literary works, magazines, maps, posters, billboards, and other publications of tremendous historical, scientific, cultural and spiritual value.
It is important that you continue these excellent traditions, collect and preserve this ‘print memory’ of our nation, carrying out significant research and methodological work and helping to develop Russia’s publishing and library sectors. This multifaceted educational effort deserves our profound and sincere respect”.