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29.04.2022

Swiss Early Printed Books

The online exhibition showcases early printed books held in our Rare Books Collection. The books, issued by celebrated pioneer Swiss publishers in the 15th century, tell the story of the beginning of printing in Switzerland.

 

31.03.2022

Early Russian Art Menus

The National Library of Russia presents menus that are rightly considered the masterpieces of graphic art. The online exhibition takes you to a selection of historical menus drawn out of about a hundred items held in our Prints Collection. Menu-cards were designed to match special occasions, including coronation events.

 

14.02.2022

Winter-in-St.-Petersburg-City Postcards

The online exhibition showcases early postcards from our collections, depicting winter scenes of Saint Peterburg, then the capital of the Russian Empire. The cards, issued by Russian and Swedish publishers in  the late 19th - early 20th centuries, contain reproduction of works by famous and  less known artists.

 

 

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.