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Reading Rooms

Our Reading Rooms are located in five buildings:

Admission to the Library's reading rooms

Our reading rooms are available to visitors over the age of 14. Access to all reading rooms is by library cards issued by the Library.
Cards are issued for the exclusive use of the reader named on the card. Cards which have been issued to a particular reader may not be passed to another person.
For more information about reader registration, please see how to get a library card.

How to Obtain a Library Card

Library cards can be obtained at the Registration Desk in the ground floor of the Main Building at the address: 18, Sadovaya, St.Petersburg or the New Building at the address: 165/2, Moskovsky Prospekt.

The Reader Registration Desk's hours are:

  09.00 - 21.00 Monday - Friday.
  11.00 - 19.00 Saturday and Sunday.

Foreign citizens will be asked to complete a registration form and present:

  • a valid passport with a visa or registration documents issued by the Federal Migration Service of Russia at their place of stay on the territory of the Russian Federation;
  • persons with an academic degree must provide proof of status level, e.g. a Doctor of Science diploma;
  • persons with higher education must provide a graduate diploma of education;
  • students must provide proof of status and level of the course studied, e.g. a undergraduate student card.

Please note that original documents are required; we cannot accept copies.

Photographs for a card are taken concurrently with the reader registration.

All potential readers are required to read the Conditions of Use of the Library's Reading Rooms carefully and sign a registration form and a library card to accept the conditions.

NOTE!   Library cards for foreign citizens are issued for the period of validity of their visas or registration documents issued by the Federal Migration Service of Russia at their place of stay on the territory of the Russian Federation. The expiration date of the library card is indicated on the front side of the card.

To renew a library card, a reader will need to bring only a passport with a visa.

Please note that manuscripts are not made available without a letter of recommendation received and approved by the Head of the Manuscripts Department. For more information about admission to the Manuscripts Reading Room see Conditions of Use of the Manuscripts Reading Room

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