General Tour round the Main Building

The Main Building of the National Library of Russia
The Main Building of the National Library of Russia
The general tour round the Library includes visits to the Manuscripts Department, the Rare Books Department, Voltaire's Library, premises of the Russian Books Stock and Reading Rooms. You will see how books are stored, get information about the history and architecture of the Library, learn more about its collections and the most famous curators.

During the tour, visitors may photograph things of interest in the historical interiors of the Library.

One of our skilled guides wil accompany you on the way through the Library. We guarantee you individual approach to every group.


Group tours are arranged on weekdays from 10:00 to 15:00, except Saturdays and Sundays, state holidays and the last Tuesday of the month.

The tours are available for groups of up to 15 participants per guide. We are also able to provide private tours for small groups fewer than 6 people.

The tours will take from 40 to 90 minutes and start from the Entrance «DIRECTORIAL BOARD» - «ДИРЕКЦИЯ» from Sadovaya Street. The duration of a private tour can be reduced or prolonged.

Please note! Coats and bags (including backpacks) should be left in the cloakroom.

Advance reservation is recommended. To book a tour you should write us date, time and type of tour. You can order the guided tour round the library by e-mail -

  • Fee:
    • group tour (6-15 people) - 800 rubles per person;
    • individual tour (up to 5 people) - 4000 rubles.
  • Duration: ~40-90 min
  • Age requirement: 12+
  • Address: 18, Sadovaya Street
  • Entrance: under the sign «DIRECTORIAL BOARD» - «ДИРЕКЦИЯ» from Sadovaya Street

For more information on guided tours, please contact the Cultural Programs Department.

Contact information

Address: 18, Sadovaya, St.Petersburg, 191069
Tel.:+7(812) 718-85-40
Head of the Department Olga Kaganovskaya



Location Maps

Reader Registration

Floor Plans

Using the Reading Rooms

Food, Drink

Cloakrooms, Storage, Wi-Fi


Book Shop

The Library is open
Monday—Friday from 9:00 to 21:00;
Saturday, Sunday from 11:00 to 19:00.

The Library is closed on public holidays and last Tuesday of each month.
On pre-holidays, the Library is open from 9:00 to 16:00.