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Opening hours


Russian state library is open:
Mon — Fri: 09:00–20:00, Sat: 09:00–19:00
RSL is also closed on last Monday of the month.

Registration is open:
Mon — Fri: 09:00–19:00, Sat: 09:00–18:00
Vozdvizhenka, 3/5, str. 2

  Requests for items from the general stock:
Mon—Fri: 09:00–19:00 (same day service: 09:00–16:45)
09:00–18:00 (same day service: 09:00–15:45)

Registration in Khimky department is open:
Mon—Sat: 09:00–17:30


How to register


The reading rooms of the Library are available to both Russian and foreign residents above the age of 18. Registration involves issuing an individual library card with a holder’s photo. The photo is taken as part of processing the library card and is charged 100 rbl. Visitors from abroad, including CIS and Baltia citizens, should provide an ID (please attach its translation into Russian) with either visa or OVIR, embassy or consulate registration. One-off visitors can obtain a library pass to access catalogues, including e-catalogues, of the following departments: Web Resources Department; Department of Public Documents, Official Records and Regulatory Publications; e-library of RSL — LG; the General accessory stock and reference rooms.


How to find us


RSL departments and services are located at five different addresses as listed below.

Reading Rooms


Every Reading Room of the RSL has got it’s own history, means and potentialities, working hours, rules and regulations of its users. There are contact telephones, names of the RSL departments and reading rooms, providing with a variety of library and information services in this section.

Reading rooms of RSL (full list):

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Свидетельство о регистрации средства массовой информации:
Эл № ФС 77-20215 от 13 декабря 2004 года.