The National Library of Russia has four buildings, all with a range of facilities you can use.

Cloakrooms and Storage Compartments

The Library provides Cloakrooms for visitors, located on the ground floors of the Library buildings. Storage for luggage is also available in the Cloakrooms.

Visitors to our Reading Rooms are required to leave coats and hats, bags, suitcases, rucksacks and packages, food and drinks, printed items and audi- and video-materials in the Cloakrooms.

The Library reserves the right to refuse items for storage.

See more information on large luggage restrictions as well as personal belongings that are NOT allowed into the Library...


There are several places to eat and drink in the Library. Dining areas are available on the ground floors of the Library buildings. Two food spaces are located in the Main Building, one is situated in the New Building and one is placed in the Building on the Fontanka Embankment.

More information on public hours of dining venues...


Toilets for visitors are located on the ground floor of the Main Building, on all floors of the New Building and on the fist and second floors of the Building on the Fontanka Embankment. Find more information on the Floor Plans of the Library.

There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor of the New Building. In other Library locations, disabled toilets are not available. 

Computers and Wi-Fi

Access to the comuters located in the Reading Rooms is free without charge.

Many reading rooms have computers where you can access the Internet, for free. The Computer Areas and Digital Library Room in the New Building, as well as the E-Resources Room in the Main Building are the best equipped to do so.

Moreover, all Library locations offer free wireless Internet access (Wi-Fi) in public areas at all times the Library is open.

You can  bring your laptop computers, tablets, and mobile phones (turned to silent) into the Reading Rooms

Wi-Fi is provided in all rooms.  You can connect your mobile phone or laptop computer to our free Library WiFi. For help in connecting to the Library's Wireless Network, contact a reference librarian. Registration is required to log on to the Library WiFi.


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.