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Opening Hours

The main reading rooms at the NLR are open to readers at the following times:
09.00 - 21.00 Monday to Friday
11.00 - 19.00 Saturday and Sunday.
For special reading rooms, please, consult the list of rooms below on this page.

Note that all reading rooms are closed on the last Tuesday of every month and Russian Public Holidays.
The day before a holiday, the reading rooms are open to readers from 09.00 to 16.00.

Main Building (1/3, Ostrovsky Square)

Reading Rooms Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Maps,
Russian Periodicals(1755-1950),
Universal
9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 11.00-19.00 11.00-19.00
European Books(-1940),
Library Science,
Russian Books(1725-1956)
9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 11.00-19.00 Closed
Exhibition of Recent Acquisitions 9.00-21.00 Closed 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 11.00-19.00 11.00-19.00
Central Reference Library 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 11.00-19.00 Closed
Manuscripts 13.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 13.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 13.00-21.00 11.00-19.00 11.00-19.00
Prints 13.00-21.00 9.00-17.00 13.00-21.00 9.00-17.00 13.00-21.00 11.00-19.00 Closed
Rare Books 9.00-17.00 9.00-17.00 9.00-17.00 9.00-17.00 9.00-17.00 Closed Closed
Computer Center 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 11.00-19.00 11.00-19.00
Archive Closed 12.00-17.00 10.00-15.00 12.00-17.00 10.00-15.00 Closed Closed
Legal Information Center 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 11.00-19.00 11.00-19.00
Xerocopy Service Counter 10.00-20.00
break for lunch 12.00-12.30, 16.00-16.30
10.00-20.00
break for lunch 12.00-12.30, 16.00-16.30
10.00-20.00
break for lunch 12.00-12.30, 16.00-16.30
10.00-20.00
break for lunch 12.00-12.30, 16.00-16.30
10.00-20.00
break for lunch 12.00-12.30, 16.00-16.30
11.00-15.30 11.00-15.30
Electronic Copy Service Desk 11.00-16.00 11.00-16.00 11.00-16.00 11.00-16.00 11.00-16.00 Closed Closed
Copy Desk for External Customers (Separate entrance in Sadovaya str.) 9.00-17.00
break for lunch 12.00-12.30
9.00-17.00
break for lunch 12.00-12.30
9.00-17.00
break for lunch 12.00-12.30
9.00-17.00
break for lunch 12.00-12.30
9.00-17.00
break for lunch 12.00-12.30
Closed Closed

Krylov House (20, Sadovaya Street)

  Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Information Center 10.00-20.00 10.00-20.00 10.00-20.00 10.00-20.00 10.00-20.00 10.00-20.00 Closed
Bookshop 10.00-20.00 10.00-20.00 10.00-20.00 10.00-20.00 10.00-20.00 10.00-20.00 Closed

New Building (165/2, Moskovsky Prospekt)

Reading Rooms Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Electronic Catalogue Terminals,
European Journals,
European Books(1940-),
Internet Class,
Microforms
National Literatures,
Non-literary Collection,
Technical Documentation,
Periodicals,
Philology, Teaching & Art,
Russian Journals(1951-2006),
Study Carrels,
Technics, Medicine & Natural Sciences
9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 11.00-19.00 11.00-19.00
Central Reference Library,
National Literatures,
Russian Books(1957-)
9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 11.00-19.00 Closed
Digital Library 9.30-20.30 9.30-20.30 9.30-20.30 9.30-20.30 9.30-20.30 11.30-19.00 11.30-19.00
Exhibition of Recent Acquisitions 9.00-21.00 15.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 11.00-19.00 11.00-19.00
Economic & Legal Information Center 9.30-20.30 9.30-20.30 9.30-20.30 9.30-20.30 9.30-20.30 11.30-18.30 Closed
Xerocopy Service Counter 10.00-20.00
break for lunch 12.00-12.30, 16.00-16.30
10.00-20.00
break for lunch 12.00-12.30, 16.00-16.30
10.00-20.00
break for lunch 12.00-12.30, 16.00-16.30
10.00-20.00
break for lunch 12.00-12.30, 16.00-16.30
10.00-20.00
break for lunch 12.00-12.30, 16.00-16.30
11.00-17.00 11.00-17.00
Electronic Copy Service Desk 11.00-17.00 11.00-17.00 11.00-17.00 11.00-17.00 11.00-17.00 11.00-15.00 11.00-15.00
Desk for Electronic Copy of Documents from Libraries of Russia 12.00-16.00 12.00-16.00 12.00-16.00 12.00-16.00 12.00-16.00 Closed Closed

The Building on the Fontanka Embankment (36, Fontanka Embankment). Reading Rooms:

Reading Rooms Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Newspapers, Junior,
Internet Class,
Multimedia & Language Lab
9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 9.00-21.00 11.00-19.00 11.00-19.00
Printed Music & Recorded Sound 12.00-21.00 12.00-21.00 12.00-21.00 12.00-21.00 12.00-21.00 11.00-19.00 11.00-19.00
Sound Archive Closed 16.00-20.00 16.00-20.00 16.00-20.00 13.00-17.00 12.00-16.00 12.00-16.00
Xerocopy Service Counter 13.00-20.00,
break for lunch 14.30-15.00, 16.00-16.30
9.30-16.30,
break for lunch 13.00-14.00
13.00-20.00,
break for lunch 14.30-15.00, 16.00-16.30
9.30-16.30,
break for lunch 13.00-14.00
9.30-16.30,
break for lunch 13.00-14.00
Closed Closed
Electronic Copy Service Counter 13.00-20.00,
break for lunch 14.30-15.00, 16.00-16.30
9.30-16.30,
break for lunch 13.00-14.00
13.00-20.00,
break for lunch 14.30-15.00, 16.00-16.30
9.30-16.30,
break for lunch 13.00-14.00
9.30-16.30,
break for lunch 13.00-14.00
Closed Closed
Computer Center 13.00-21.00 13.00-21.00 13.00-21.00 13.00-21.00 13.00-21.00 11.00-19.00 11.00-19.00

Building in Liteyny Prospect (49, Liteyny Prospect)

Reading Rooms Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Asian & African Collection 12.00-20.00 12.00-20.00 12.00-20.00 12.00-20.00 12.00-20.00 11.00-19.00 11.00-19.00

Plekhanov House (1/33, 4th Krasnoarmeyskaya Street)

  Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Reading Rooms 9.00-17.00 9.00-17.00 9.00-17.00 9.00-17.00 9.00-17.00 Closed Closed
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