Newspapers Room

Newspapers Room
Newspapers Room


Opening Hours:

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

Number of seats : 42

Contact us:

Telephone: +7(812) 272-39-02
Address: Ground Floor, 36, the Fontanka Embankment, Saint Petersburg


Access to the Newspapers Collection

Dear Readers,

for technical reasons, a range of items from the Newspaper Collection are  temporarily unavailable to visitors:
- the main newspapers of the union and autonomous republics of the USSR from 1917 to 1990;
- one-day newspapers from 1917 to the present;
- regional newspapers from 1932 to 1960 (shelfmarks Р10916 – Р25845);
- regional newspapers from 1961 to 2020 (with a few exceptions);
- Ukrainian newspapers from for 1917 – 1931, 1932 – 1990 (only shelfmarks У1 – У204), 1991 – to the present;
- all newspapers in foreign European languages.

Service will be resumed upon completion of work.

Highly educated readers  (all alphabetic indices in the library card, except Ю, ВО, ИО, СО) have the right to access all documents from the Newspapers Collection. Other visitors can order pre-1946 items on presentation of a justified request from their place of work or study, indicating the theme of reaserch, the period of study and the approximate list of the required newspaper issues.

Please note that this rule does not apply to publications on the shelves in the room. These includes the major national newspapers published in Moscow and Leningrad after the revolution of 1917, microfilms and electronic copies.

Ordering Items

Items from the collection will be delivered to the Newspapers Reading Room upon request. You need to fill out a request form for the item, according to the sample. The delivery time is about 15 min. You may request up to 5 newspaper volumes at a time and up to 20 volumes per day. One volume is a set of copies of a newspaper that are published over the period from one month to a year. For example, the annual set of Moskovskaya Pravda (Moscow Truth) for 1980 is 6 volumes totaling about 1,200 A2 pages.

If you need help with searching for newspapers, ask a Reference Librarian at the Enquiry Desk. Our staff will also help you to compile a list of publications, find a normative act, establish any fact. The Enquiry Desk is open from 11:00 to 19:00.



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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.