Photograph by E.G.S.i.S. (Ernst G. Svanstrom, Stockholm). 1900s
Photograph. January 14, 1914
The opinions of liberal circles close to the Constitutional Democrats were expressed by Dmitry Filosofov. The articles he wrote about the history of the library are of great value. They are not only brilliant pieces of writing, but also contain neat characterizations of various figures and periods. Filosofov gave his support to further "rational democratization" of the Public Library's activities. "The library," he wrote, "exists for the reader and our wish is that, as it enters the second century of its existence, the library will maintain closer contact with the reader,... so that it turns from a state institution into a truly national one."
Photograph.17 October (30 Gregorian cal.) 1905, Petrograd
For the first few days after the Bolshevik seizure of power, the library remained closed. A general meeting of the staff voted to join the protest strike being held in Petrograd's institutes of learning and education and refused to acknowledge the new authorities. But this resistance did not last long. As in other organizations a commissar appointed by the new government appeared in the library.
Principal Book Repository in Russia (1795 - 1813)
New Temple of Enlightenment (1814 - 1842)
Arrival of Dmitry Buturlin as Director (1843 - 1849)
Political Spring in Russia (1850 - 1859)
"Modern Era" (1860 - 1899)
Pre-Revolutionary Years (1900 - 1917)
Civil War and Building a Socialist Economy (1918 - 1940)
WWII. Siege of Leningrad. (1941 - 1945)
Second Half of the 20th Century (1946 - 2000 )