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The Hand Press Book Database Created by the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL)

The Hand Press Book database is a growing catalogue of European early printed material (i.e. printed between the 1450s and the 1830s). This resource integrates descriptive records for major European national and university library holdings.

In March of the year 2001 the database was added with the first file from the National Library of Russia. This file contais more than four thousand records for books in West-European languages published in Russia between 1701 and 1800 as well as for Russian books printed between 1725 and 1800.

Recently our Library has given the larger part of the Catalogue of Russian Eighteenth-Century Secular Printed Book (1708 - 1800) to the Consortium. The Catalogue contains details for over thirteen thousand books, held in the National Library of Russia and in a number of other major Russian, Ukrainian and Baltic libraries. The full Catalogue will be made available from our Library soon.

Now the Hand Press Book database first offers descriptive records for books in the Cyrillic alphabet and this makes it especially valuable for research in Slavonic and Russian history and printing.

The European Library (TEL)

The purpose of this project is to help users world-wide to find European cultural resources. The European Library provides integrated discovery of and access to the collections and services of European National Libraries. The European Library is an Internet-based portal which allows users to search across the collections of European national libraries and to retrieve integrated sets of results.

More information about the European Library project may be found at

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EROMM - The European Register of Microform Masters

This is the collaborative database of archival negatives produced by libraries across Europe.

EROMM has been created to help libraries to coordinate microfilming and other reformatting activities aimed at the preservation of printed information, which is threatened by fragile paper. At the same time EROMM serves as an instrument for ordering Service copies of reformatted books.

For more information on the database go to

The Union Catalogue of Russian Books (1918 - 1926)

The project's aim is a comprehensive review of Russian-language book production, covering the period from 1918 to 1926. The Union Catalogue of Russian Books will provide the first summary of data on books produced by state, cooperative and private publishers in Russia as well as published by the "White Movement" and the Russian diaspore abroad between 1918 and 1926.

This catalogue describes not only our Library's holdings but also collections, held in other libraries in Russia and across the world. Catalogue records were compiled from 500 external sources from 37 countries, including libraries at museums, archives, universities, centres for emigree cultural studies, book collectors.
The compilers made maximum use of bibliographic resources on the Internet. The union catalogue contains both records of books in contributing library collections and source-derived records.

The material will be made available in both electronic and printed form (about 5 thousand records per volume).
At present the NLR maintains the database containing c. 47 thousand records. The first two volumes of the similar printed catalogue appeared in 2002/2003. Volume three is still in course of preparation and will be published soon.

Today the Library continues to add records to the catalogue. Data on material from collections available in other libraries helps to expand the coverage of the catalogue.

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The World Digital Library Project

On November 29, 2006 the directors of the National Library of Russia and the Library of Congress, U.S.A. signed a mutual agreement on cooperation in the planning process and creation of the site-prototype of the World Digital Library. The initiative for creating the World Digital Library belongs to the Library of Congress. Its goal is to create an online collection of rare books, manuscripts, maps, posters, stamps and other materials relating to the history and culture of peoples and countries around the world. WDL will be freely accessible for anyone, anywhere with Internet access. The World Digital Library will help to establish better understanding among different cultures and may become a valuable source for students, teachers, the general public and scholars in their study and research.

The National Library of Russia is joining the project at its initial stage as a founding institution. Its previous experience of cooperation with the Library of Congress on another digital collection - the Meeting of Frontiers, will be of a great assistance in this new global undertaking.

The National Library of Russia in Saint Petersburg is among the greatest treasures in the country's cultural and historical heritage. It was the first state public library in Russia. Today the National Library of Russia houses more then 35 million items. One of the world's largest libraries, it possesses many rare and unique materials from cultures of the Russian Federation and other nations.

For more information on the project go to the Library of Congress Information Bulletin.

The Recovered Names

The project's mission is to provide information on the history of repression, carried out in the former Soviet Union. Recovered Names database will be created as a digital data bank of the repressed, a single Book of Memory.

In May 2000, representatives of public and state organizations from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Belarus joined together for this project.

The National Library of Russia has unwaveringly taken an active part in the international project "Recovered Names". The Library is the publisher of the Book of Memory, A Leningrad Martyrology, 1937-1938, a book about the repressed, about those executed in Leningrad and in the Leningrad region, which then included the Novgorod, Pskov, Murmansk, and part of the Vologda regions.

Today we have already begun to present on the Library's website both published Books of Memory and those being prepared for publication.

We have opened that series with the five volumes of A Leningrad Martyrology. We are gradually presenting digital versions of other Books of Memory for North-West Region of Russia, including Arkhangelsk, Komi, Vorkutinsk, Karelia, Murmansk, Pskov, Novgorod, Tver, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Vologda, and Kaliningrad.

In 2004, we published an Annotated Index to A Book of Memory of the Victims of Political Repression in the USSR and presented a digital version of it on our website, to which we have added new names.

For more detailed information about the project "Recovered Names. North-West Region of Russia", see the website

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The Meeting of Frontiers

In December 1999, the National Library of Russia concluded agreements with the Library of Congress regarding its participation in the Meeting of Frontiers project. The Meeting of Frontiers project has been successfully completed on 31 December 2004.

The aim of this project was to create a bilingual, multimedia Russian-English digital library that focuses on the exploration and settlement of Siberia and the Russian Far East, the parallel American exploration and settlement of the West, and the meeting of the Russian-American frontier in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.

The Meeting of Frontiers digital library offers materials from the Library of Congress USA, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the National Library of Russia, the Russian State Library , the Institute of History of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (II SO RAN), and more than twenty libraries, archives, and museums located in cities in Siberia and the Russian Far East.

Collections of rare books, maps, photographs and prints selected for the project by the National Library of Russia include

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