Russian State Library was founded in 1862. It took over 140 years of everyday effort and devotion of hundreds of staff to become what we are now — the legendary ’Leninka’. Today the Library comprises a unique collection of Russian and foreign documents in 367 languages, stocking over 46 mln library items. It is also renowned for its specialised collections of maps, published and sheet music, audio records, rarities, dissertations, newspapers and other stock categories. Inspired by its history and backed up with today’s potential, the Library is emerging into the future along the four strategic vectors.

The library is located in several historic buildings, which are outstanding examples of the architecture of its time. We invite you to visit the most interesting corners of the library that are inaccessible to ordinary readers. Our excursions have not left anyone indifferent!