General Tour of the Main Building

The Main Building of the National Library of Russia
The Main Building of the National Library of Russia
The general tour of 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 60 to 90 minutes and start from the Main Reader Entrance, located at 1-3, Ostrovsky Square. The duration of a private tour can be reduced or prolonged.

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

If you are an international visitor and wish to book a tour, please contact us by e-mail - To order the guided tour of the Library, you should write us date, time and name of tour. Advance reservation is recommended.


  • group tour (6-15 people) - 1200 rubles per person;
  • individual tour (up to 5 people) - 6000 rubles.
  • Duration: ~60-90 min
  • Age requirement: 12+
  • Address: 1-3, Ostrovsky Square, Saint Petersburg
  • Entrance: Main Reader Entrance

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

Contact information

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.