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THE RUSSIAN STATE LIBRARY is one of the largest libraries in the world.



Collections of the Library are unique in terms of completeness and universality and include documents in 247 languages of the world. At present the total size of the Library’s collections exceeds 42 million items.

The Russian State Library has specialised collections of maps, musical scores and records, rare books, printed art, dissertations, newspapers, etc.

There is no field of science or practice, which would not be reflected in the sources stored here. The Library is indeed THE MEMORY OF RUSSIA.

THE RUSSIAN STATE LIBRARY provides access to its rich book collections for the development of science, culture, and education through a system of catalogues and by organising various exhibitions.

RSL prepares union catalogues of Russian books, and publishes research and reference bibliographies.

On-line zone chart of reader’s service
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Reading hall of new acquisitions Reading Room of the Department of Maps (KGR) The Internet and Electronic Documents Room (IER) Serving out of documents to the reading halls Electronic Library Room (OEB) - RSL-LG Electronic Catalogue Room Foyer and cloakrooms Information bureau Bookstore Dining room and buffet Reading room of current periodicals (ZTPI) Registration Interlibrary loan and book delivery centre Interlibrary loan and book delivery centre Cloakroom Information and marketing centre Reading hall № 1 Reading hall № 3 Books delivery to the reading halls Central accessory collection Reception of reader requests Reception of reader requests Readers' alphabetical catalogue Exhibition ground Central reference library reading hall of open access Automatic service reading hall of the bibliographiс reference department Central reference library reading hall Rotonda Reading room of the Department of Microforms Reading room of the Department of Military Literature RSL exhibition hall Conference Hall Reading hall № 2 Reading hall № 2 Books delivery to the reading halls Reading rooms of the Manuscript Department Books delivery to the reading halls Xerox Central accessory collection Reading room of official and normative publications (Centre of Legal Information) General alphabetical catalogue (GAC). Consultations Conference hall Reading Room of the Research Department of Rare Books (Museum of Book) Museum of Book Centre of Legal Information Reading room of the Printed Art Department Reading Room of the Department of Russian Literature Abroad

    - Registration
    - Reading halls
    - Catalogues
    - Delivery halls
    - Exposition halls
    - Auditoriums
    - Cloakrooms
    - Stairs



Russian Literary Heritage on-line

Andrew W. Mellon
Andrew W. Mellon
Russian Literary Heritage on-line is a project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation based in New York and managed by the British Council, Moscow.

The project is the first attempt in the Russian Federation of a collaboration between a library and a literary estate. Its overall goal is to develop and implement an on-line joint catalogue offering integrated access to all the bibliographic records and a selection of digital resources of the Moscow Russian State Library, related to the Russian author Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy, and to the bibliographic catalogues of the Personal Library of Tolstoy and of other related collections, held by the Tolstoy Literary Estate, in Yasnaya Polyana.


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