Our reading rooms are available to visitors aged 14 and more. If you wish to use the reading rooms you must register. To get a library card, you will need to visit the Main or New Library Building and register at the Registration Desk located on the Ground Floor.
Cards which have been issued to a particular reader may not be passed to another person.
Foreign citizens will need to bring:
Please note that original documents are required; we cannot accept copies.
Photographs for a card are taken concurrently with the reader registration.
NOTE! The Library cards for foreign citizens are issued for the period of validity of their visas or registration documents issued by the Federal Migration Service of Russia at their place of stay on the territory of the Russian Federation. The expiration date of the library card is indicated on the front side of the card.
To renew a library card, a reader will need to bring only a passport with a visa.
Please note that manuscripts are not made available without an official request received and approved by the Head of the Manuscripts Department. For more information about admission to the Manuscripts Reading Room, see the Conditions of Use of the Manuscripts Reading Room.
The Library is open:
Monday–Friday — from 9:00 to 21:00;
Saturday, Sunday — from 11:00 to 19:00.
The library closes on public holidays and last Tuesday of each month.
On pre-holidays, library is open from 9:00 to 16:00.