News, events


Visit the Library

Our library is open by appointment in light of COVID-19 concerns. Nevertheless, due to the small number of foreign visitors, they do Not need an appointment to use our reading rooms .


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.


Explore the Ostromir Gospel

Explore the Ostromir Gospel — one of the Library's major highlights. The earliest surviving East Slavic dated book is freely available online. You can view the digitised copy of the manuscript made with great art and skill in the mid-11th century.


State Holiday on 1 July

All locations of the National Library of Russia is CLOSED in observance of the Voting Day on 1  JULY.

Please visit us another day.