Access to the Library’s world-famous collections and services is through our reading rooms. We are not a lending library, so you can view collection items in our reading rooms but not take them home.
Our reading rooms are available to visitors 14 and above years of age. If you wish to use the reading rooms you must register and get a library card.
We have 32 reading rooms in four buildings. Within the rooms, you can view items from our collections; get assistance from our qualified specialists; access electronic resources including our online catalogues, digital library, remote subscription resources; use our computers and Internet for free. At our Copy Service Desks, you can photocopy, scan, microfilm collection items and print copies. Wi-Fi is provided in all rooms.
Rare Books Room
Russian Books Room
Russian Journals Room
Archival Documents Room
Universal Reading Room
Library Science Room
European Journals Room
Asian & African Collection Room
National Literatures Room
Digital Library Room
Current Periodicals Room
Humanities & Art Room
Medicine & Biology, Science & Technology Room
Social Sciences & Economics Room
Central Reference Library
Standarts & Technical Documents Room
Printed Ephemera Room
Room for Documents "for Official Use"
Exhibition of Recent Acquisitions
Room for Individual Use
Central Exhibition Hall
Printed Music Room
Music Audio & Video Recordings Room
Piano Practice Room
Junior Reading Room
Using the Reading Rooms
Cloakrooms, Storage, Wi-Fi
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.