National Library of Russia, St. Petersburg

National Library of Russia, St. Petersburg

The National Library of Russia is one of the oldest public libraries in Russia. Located on the Nevsky Prospect, it is also one of the largest libraries in the world. The library was established in 1795 by Catherine the Great and opened in 1814. The designer was Yegor Sokolov and features classical architecture. Among the jewels you will enjoy at the NLR are the Saint Petersburg Bede, an Anglo-Saxon manuscript, the Ostromir Gospel, the second oldest East Slavic book in existence, the Codex Zographenis, an illuminated manuscript Gospel Book, and the personal collection of Voltaire.

The library contains over thirty-three million volumes, as well as a national center of librarianship. Visitors will enjoy reading the archives of Peter I, Catherine II, Nicholas II, Peter Tchaikovsky, Fyodor Chaliapin, and many others. Other items for viewing include 16th century Cyrillic imprints, the Frantsysk Skaryna, the Free Russian Press collection, and Russian and Slavonic manuscripts that span the 11th to 16th century. The main reading rooms are open from 9 am to 9 pm Monday through Friday and from 11 am to 7 pm Saturday and Sunday. Visitors should check the library’s website for opening and closing times for the special reading rooms.
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Sight Name: National Library of Russia
Sight Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Nevsky Prospekt Walking Tour  

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Traces of The Russian Revolution Walking Tour in St. Petersburg

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Walking Tour Around Vasilievsky Island in St Petersburg

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Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
The Neva River and Griboedov Canal Walking Tour

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Travel Distance: 6.4 Km or 4 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles

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