The National Library of Russia in Saint Petersburg is among the greatest treasures in the country's cultural and historical heritage. One of the world's largest libraries, it posseses the most complete collection of publications in Russian. Special attention is traditionally paid to the acquisition of foreign works about Russia and publications in languages of the Russian Federation printed in different countries of the world. The Library also builds as comprehensively as possible the multi-language collection of literature on key branches of science and technology. Today the National Library of Russia houses more then 37 million items.

Our Reading Rooms offer ready access to subsidiary collections.

See also the Digital Library.

Main Collections of Publications in Russian

Main Collections of Publications in Foreign European Languages

Ready Access Collections

Publications in the Languages of the Russian Federation (exept Russian, Byelorussian and Ukrainian)

Asian & African Collection

Special Collections by Material Type 



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Digital Library

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Electronic Document Delivery

Information Services

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The Library is open
Monday—Friday from 9:00 to 21:00;
Saturday, Sunday from 11:00 to 19:00.

The Library is closed on public holidays and last Tuesday of each month.
On pre-holidays, the Library is open from 9:00 to 16:00.