Standarts and Technical Documents. Brief Summary

Collection Holder:

Department of the Library Holdings and Services

Time Span:

from 1865 to 1924 - pre-revolutionary descriptions of inventions – Privileges;
from 1924 to 1991 - copyright certificates and patents for domestic inventions (description of the invention for copyright certificates and patents;
since 1992 to the present – Russia's Patents;
since 1926 onwards – regulatory and technical documents (All-Union standards, technical regulations, GOSTs and OSTs – the state and industry standart spesifications, etc.)


3 975 802 items (for 01.01.2022). Including:
- about 3,7 million standart spesifications and patents; - about 143 thousand books;
- about 144 thousand journal volumes;
- 1400 CD-ROMs and DVDs for patent documentation and other electronic (digital) editions.


The standarts and technical documents embraces: All-Union standards, state and industry standards, technical regulations, building codes (SNiP), sanitary norms and rules (SanPiN), description of inventions to copyright certificates and patents, regulatory and technical periodicals, reference and bibliographic information about inventions (applications and patents), industrial designs, trademarks, utility models, software for computers, etc.
The pride of the collection is the pre-revolutionary (pre-1917) descriptions of inventions – Privileges

Description of the Collection

Reading Rooms:

Standarts and Technical Documents Room (1/3, Ostrovsky Square)

Online Catalogues:

General Author/ Title Catalogue of Books in Russian (1725 – 1998)
Journals/Serials in Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian
Information about the availability of a specific document in the holdings of standarts and technical documents can be obtained by phone: (812) 415-97-87, (812) 415-97-40; e-mail:

Shelf Marks:

The standarts and technical documents are held at the NLR shelfmarks beginning with 'Пт' ('Pt'). For instance: Пт 40.4/308; Пт 2001-1 / 1

Full-text resources (in Russian):


Other holdings containing publications of the same type:

From 1825–1866, the privileges were published in the Manufactories and Trade magazine which is stored in the collection of  Russian Journals at the NLR shelfmark 1/132.