Written: June 7, 1918
Published: First published in 1933 in Lenin Miscellany XXI. Printed from the manuscript.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, 2nd English Edition, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 42, pages 96c-97a.
Translated: Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: D. Walters
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The Council of People’s Commissars reprimands the Commissariat for Public Education for its insufficient attention to library organisation in Russia, and direct the Commissariat to take immediate and energetic measures, first, to centralise the library business in Russia, second, to introduce the Swiss-American system.
The Commissariat for Public Education is instructed to report to the C.P.C. twice a month on its practical steps in this field.
 This draft decision was adopted the same day it was written. Lenin’s letters, speeches, articles and notes, as well as his draft decisions for the C.P.C. and other documents relating to library organisation, have been collected in N. K. Krupskaya’s book, Chto pisal i govoril Lenin o bibliotekakh (What Lenin Wrote and Said About Libraries), Moscow, 1956.