Main RSL building

Everybody who has ever been in the centre of Moscow knows the main building of Russian State Library on Vozdvizenka street. The great monument of soviet architecture is opening its doors for students, scholars and all book lovers.

7+ years 2 hours Main building, 3 entrance

Tour throughout the main library building is an introduction of all mechanisms of books storing and transferring. The tour includes a visit to the 19-floors storage building which is closed for everyday library users.

During the tour you will learn the way that book makes before appearing in reading halls. You will take on the role of a librarian: visit endless library storage labyrinths, learn how to decode «book address» and to find a book on a shelf, send books to readers and clean them from dust. In the storage building you will see the most beautiful and unusual book collections that the biggest library in the continent was based on. Moreover, you will hear exciting stories related to owners of these books. Restorers will explain to you the ways they work on books and save them. During the walk through historical reading halls and catalogues you will take on the role of a reader: find out how to work with card and electronic catalogues and make orders. We hope that you will get into this absolutely alluring world of ordinary and unusual books.

Schedule: Tuesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Cost for one person (foreigners): adults – 1400 rub.

Price for a group less than 10 people:
adults – 14 000 rub per group.