Universal Reading Room

Universal Reading Room
Universal Reading Room


Opening Hours:

Monday — Friday:   9:00 to 21:00;
Saturday, Sunday: 11:00 to 19:00.

Number of seats : 274 (of these, 11 have PCs)

Contact us:

Telephone: +7(812) 718-85-97
Address: 1-3, Ostrovsky Square, Saint Petersburg

Where to find us: First Floor Plan


The Universal Reading Room provides open acces to the reference collection of about 80 thousand Russian publications covering all fields of knowledge. You can consult up-to-date scientific literature, encyclopedias and reference books, tutorials, as well as manuals from leading universities in Moscow and St. Petersburg, published over the past 10-15 years. Here you can also view the recent issues of Russian newspapers and the most demanded Russian magazines.

In the Reading Room, you will find the Electronic Copy & Xerocopy Service Desk where you can order digital scans and photocopies of books and other items.


Location Maps

Reader Registration

Reading Rooms

Floor Plans

Using the Reading Rooms

Food, Drink

Cloakrooms, Storage, Wi-Fi


Book Shop

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.