News, events


Online Exhibition of Illuminated Quran Manuscripts

The online exhibition displays part of the сollection of 240 handwritten Qurans, cared for by the National Library of Russia. Among exhibits are exqusively illuminated manuscript books, miniature Qurans, talismanic scrolls and muraqqa albums.



Voltaire and Religion

Was Voltaire an atheist? What did Voltaire say about God? What was Voltaire's beliefs? Why did Voltaire criticize religion?

The National Library of Russia presents the online exhibition Voltaire and Religion,  which showcases materials from the Voltaire Library.

Our exhibition provides answers to these and many other key questions regarding the famous French writer, his philosophical and religious views.


Venice Then and Now. 1600th Anniversary of the City

This exhibition from our rich Map Collection marks the anniversary of Venice's founding in 421. It traces the sixteen-hundred-year history of the city through materials of the 16th-21st centuries. On display are beautifully decorated ancient maps and  practical guide books with modern tourist maps. You can enjoy the views of the floating city that was built in a lagoon of water on islands separated by canals, but connected by bridges. 


Flowers Personified and Voyage to South America

Our book shop offers new postcards and posters featuring illustrations from Grandville's Les Fleurs Animées (The Flowers Personified) (1847) and from Voyage de Humboldt et Bonpland. Sixime partie, Botanique. Mimoses et autres plantes Legumineuses (1819).


Virtual Wander through Ancient Cities

The National Library of Russia invites you to explore a treasure of our Map Collection, the first city atlas Civitates orbis terrarum. The online exhibition takes you to a selection of cities in Renaissance Europe, Asia, Africa and South America for a virtual wander!


Photo Trip around the Russian Empire

Photographs began to come into the Imperial Public Library (now the National Library of Russia) in the mid-1850s.The works by Russian photographers make up an extensive photo gallery documenting the vast Russian Empire. Photographs depict forests, rivers, mountains and other landscapes, the local people and architecture, as well as scenes from the life in villages and cities.


Sixty Years Since the First Human Space Flight

The National Library of Russia is happy to present the exhibition "Let's go!": Space for Adults and Children, celebrating  sixty years since historic Gagarin's space flight.

The exhibition tells about the aerospace industry, about the launch of the first artificial Earth satellite and the first space flights, about such iconic figures in space history as Yuri Gagarin, Sergey Korolev, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Alexei Leonov.


Golden Age of Art Bookplates. Online Exhibition

A golden age of art bookplates is associated with members of the World of Art group. The most prominent names include Boris Kustodiev, Konstantin Somov, Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, Ivan Bilibin, Yevgeny Lanceray, Anna Ostroumova-Lebedeva, Alexandre Benois, Leon Bakst. Free-form bookplates of these famous artists rank among the greatest achievements of graphics.

View the online exhibition drawn from our Prints Collection.


St Petersburg Academy of Arts. Online Exhibition

A grand building of the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg is an outstanding masterpiece of Classicism, created in 1764-1788.  The granite quay, in front of the Academy,  is decorated with two ancient sphinxes that were brought from Egypt to Russia.

See early postcards with the views of the Academy, its interiors and artworks from the Museum of Academy.



The National Library of Russia houses the exhibition I am/ We are Dostoevsky marking the 200th anniversary of the writer's birth.
Visitors will learn about  the Russian classic's greatest novels: Crime and PunishmentThe IdiotDemonsThe Teenager and The Brothers KaramazovThe Gambler...


Exhibition of Railroad Maps

The National Library of Russia presents an exhibition that showcases railway maps and atlases as well as postcards with views of  Russian towns and cities from our collections.


Exhibition Showcasing Old Russian Cities

Some of Russia’s fascinating historic, cultural and natural sites are on display at the New Building of the National Library of Russia.

The exposition features books from our collections, telling about the most historic Russian places of outstanding cultural or natural importance, new directions and types of  tourism.


Change of Operating Hours Announcement

Dear readers, in view of the National Unity Day public holiday, our operating hours will be changed.
3 November: The library is open from 9:00 to 16:00. Last admission is half an hour before closing.
4 November: The library is closed.