Reading Rooms

Starting 20 June, the National Library of Russia is open on an APPOINTMENT-ONLY BASIS

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.  

To get a library card,  you will need to make an appointment by calling  the Main or New Building:
if you wish to visit the Main Building call +7(812) 310-71-37;
to visit the New Building call +7(812) 415-97-00.

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.

Main Building

 


New Building

 


Building on the Fontanka Embankment

 

 


Plekhanov House

 

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Reading Rooms

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The Library is open
from 20 June to 31 August:
Monday, Wednesday from 13:0 to 21:0;
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9:0 to 17:0;
Saturday, Sunday from 11:0 to 19:0.


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