Shirak Regional Library
The Shirak Regional Library, established as a legal entity in 1997, emerged as a consequence of Armenia’s administrative restructuring, coinciding with the establishment of regions in the country. It evolved from the centralized library system of Gyumri (formerly Leninakan) and found its foundation in the city’s central library. Initially known as the “Republican Library of Shirak Region” from 1997 to 2002, the institution underwent a name change in 2003. Since then, it has operated under the designation “Shirak Regional Library” as a state non-profit organization. From 1997 to 2012, the library was situated at 56 Khrimyan Hayrik Street in Gyumri, occupying the first floor of a residential building leased for an indefinite period. However, in October 2012, the library relocated to Achemyan 2/1. This new location is housed within a building recognized as a monument within the “Kumayri” reserve. The library section of the structure underwent restoration facilitated by the United Nations, marking a phase of revitalization for this cultural institution in Gyumri.