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30.09.2022

Ancient Egyptian Papyri in the National Library of Russia

The online exhibition presents the four earliest books cared for by the National Library of Russia. All four are ancient Egyptian funerary scrolls from the Theban necropolis, dated back to the 10th–9th centuries BC. These four fragments from the funerary texts are written on papyrus in hieratic script and decorated with illustrations, depicting gods and priests. 

 

07.09.2022

Voltairean Readings. 2022

The Voltairean Readings Annual Conference, hosted by the National Library of Russia,  will took place from 31 October to 1 November 2022 in Saint Petersburg. The Centre for the Study of the Enlightenment Voltaire Library proposes to devote the conference to issues related to the formation of national historical narrative in European countries in the eighteenth century, primarily in Russia and France. Dear colleagues, we invite you to take part in the event.

 

31.08.2022

To Be Napoleon Each Wishes

The online exhibition shows selected autographs of Napoleon Bonaparte from the collections of the Manuscripts Department of the National Library of Russia. Exhibited papers and letters date to different periods of the Napoleonic era. Some of them have been published, others are still unpublished. The documents deserve the attention of researchers who, two centuries after the death of Napoleon on the island of St. Helena, again and again return to the history of his unprecedented rise and fall.

 

12.08.2022

Library Services on Three Continents. International Video Conference

Please note! The National Library of Russia invites representatives of libraries, associations and educational organizations of Eurasia, South America and Africa to take part  in the International Video Conference "Library Services on Three Continents".

 

 

 

Digital Library

Digital Library

The Digital Library of the National Library of Russia is an open and generally accessible information resource. As of the beginning of 2019, the Digital Library includes over 650,000 scanned copies of books, magazines, newspapers, music publications, graphic materials, maps, plans, atlases, and audio recordings.

Voltaire Library

Voltaire Library

European cultural heritage is well represented in our collections. Among others, they are particularly rich in French material. One of the most important monuments of the eighteenth-century European culture is the Voltaire Library. The library consists of approximately 7000 volumes, of which one third contains the writer’s notes.

Online Exhibitions

Online Exhibitions

Here you can find a presentation of several exhibitions held at the library. You can see examples of unique, rare and most precious items from the holdings of the National Library of Russia. The exhibitions show materials from the Manuscripts, Rare Books, Maps, Prints, and Russian Books Collections.

Reading Rooms

Reading Rooms

Access to the Library’s world-famous collections is through our reading rooms. 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. Find details about the opening times and location of the reading rooms of the National Library of Russia as well as information about admission to them.

Tours round the Library

Tours round the Library

The Library offers a variety of guided tours. General tours includes visits to all places of interest in the Library. You will see how books are stored, get information about the history and architecture of the Library, learn more about its collections and the most famous curators. Visitors also may arrange special tours with focus on the Manuscripts Department, Voltaire's Library, or the Rare Books Department that houses the collections of West European and Russian early printed books, the Petrine collection, Aldine editions and Elzevier volumes.