(Leningrad was the name for St. Petersburg in 1924-1990).
The collection consists of approximately 20,000 diverse publications printed in the city besieged by the German Wehrmacht from September 8, 1941 until January 27, 1944. It encompasses a wide variety of material, including books, pamphlets, periodicals, newspapers, single-sheet broadsides and proclamations, posters, playbills, advertisements, postcards, match-box labels etc. The material that documents the events, public and national life throughout the period of the World War II was assembled by the Library's staff under the direction of V.Karatygina during the Siege of Leningrad.
A separate published catalogue is also available: Leningrad during the Great Patriotic War. Vol.1-4. Leningrad, 1971-1973.
Russian Books Collections
Russian Books. Brief Summary