Russian Periodicals. Brief Summary

Collection Holder:

Department of the Library Holdings and Services

Time Span:

from 1755 to the present


4 661 502 volumes, over 100 thousand titles (for 01.01.2022);
from 1755 to 1950 – 1 449 210 volumes, over 20 thousand titles; from 1951 to the present – 3 212 292 volumes, over 80 thousand titles.


The Russian Periodicals includes printed journals and serials, proceedings, bulletins etc., in Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian. This is the world's largest collection of socio-political, scientific, literary, entertainment and other publications, representing the history of national journalism.

The fund contains 76 journal titles issuing during the infancy period of the early national periodical press between 1755 and 1800 (more than 11 thousand volumes). Many bibliographic rarities are not available in other Russian libraries. Theological periodicals are of unique importance for national culture. The NLR possesses the most complete Russia's set of the Diocesan Gazette (65 titles, more than 80 thousand volumes).

Description of the Collection

Reading Rooms:

Russian Journals Room (1/3, Ostrovsky Sq.; advance order of publications from 1755 to 1950)
Current Periodicals Room (165/2, Moskovsky Pr.)
Reader Service Desks (165/2, Moskovsky Pr.; advance order of publications from 1951 to the present)

Shelf Marks:

П34/25; 1/140

Other holdings containing publications of the same type: