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Catalogues of Books in Foreign Languages:

Catalogues of Books in Russian:

Catalogues of Journals/Serials in European Languages:

Catalogues of Journals/Serials in Russian, Byelorussian and Ukrainian Languages:

Catalogues of Newspapers in Foreign Languages:

Catalogues of Newspapers in Russian:

Catalogues of Publications in Languages of the Former Soviet Union

Catalogues Covering Some Material Types:

Thematic Databases:

Publications in Foreign Languages (1994-2004)

The electronic catalogue of Publications in Foreign Languages contains details for books, pamphlets, dissertations, and individual serial volumes in foreign European languages (over 20) printed in different countries of the world. The catalogue also includes records for library materials published in a format other than print on paper, including microforms, videorecordings, audiorecordings, and electronic resources.

   The electronic catalogue covers accessions in foreign European languages to the Library from 1994 to 2004.

The catalogue entries include: bibliographic description; name headings, authority and title entries; classification numbers (using the full BBK scheme) for research libraries and NLR subject headings.

The catalogue records are displayed in the RUSMARK format.

Publications in Foreign Languages (2002- )

The electronic catalogue of Publications in Foreign Languages (2002- ) contains details for books, pamphlets, dissertations, and individual serial volumes in foreign European languages (over 20) printed in different countries of the world. The catalogue also includes records for library materials published in a format other than print on paper, including microforms, videorecordings, audiorecordings, and electronic resources.

   The electronic catalogue covers accessions in foreign European languages to the Library from 1994 to date, including publications currently received by the Library.

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European Publications of the 15th Century. /Incunabula/

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The National Library's collection of incunabula held in the Rare Books Department is largest in Russia. It comprises more than 6 000 titles and contains monuments of fifteenth-century European printing in Latin, German, Italian, French, Dutch and other languages. They represent a wide and rather comprehensive range of heritage books printed in Western European countries during the earliest years (infancy) of typography and include Bibles, books connected with Christian worship, theological treatises, works of Fathers of the Church, scientific literature, and fiction.

The Catalogue of 15th-century European Publications /Incunabula/ from the Collections of the National Library of Russia is based on brief descriptions of incunabula from the Short Title Catalogue of the Incunabula Collection (issues no. 1-4, descriptions of incunabula from Abiosus to Lupoldus de Bebenburg inclusive), supplemented with descriptions of incunabula made by the staff of the Rare Books Department for the subsequent issues of the Incunabula Short Title Catalogue. Over 150 records of the catalogue contain indications of distinctive features of copies belonging to the National Library of Russia.

The Catalogue of 15th-century European Publications /Incunabula/ from the Collections of the National Library of Russia includes more than 2 500 records. The Library continues to edit the catalogue entries and add new records to the catalogue.


Publications of the 16th Century in Foreign Languages

The electronic catalogue of Publications of the 16th Century in Foreign Languages describes one of the world's largest collections of sixteenth-century works in foreign European languages. The collection numbers roughly 40 000 items held in the National Library of Russia.

The electronic catalogue contains details for books, pamphlets, and dissertations published in European languages between 1501 and 1600 in various fields of learning: history, theology, philosophy, natural sciences, medicine, social sciences, law, printing, belles-lettres, the arts, technology, and classical philology. Among them are many precious, unique masterpieces by early printers in Italy, France, Germany and the Low Countries.

The Library has created the electronic catalogue of sixteenth-century publications by converting old hand-written catalogues of the Imperial Public Library to machine-readable form . It comprises 36 202 bibliographic records of three kinds: most of these records are brief descriptions, some of them are richer descriptions or full scientific descriptions, displayed in the RUSMARC format.
The quality of the information reflects the cataloguing standards for early printed books.
The catalogue records represent work in progress which may be edited and added.


Publications in Finnish

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The Publications in Finnish catalogue was created by converting records from the similar part of the card General Author/ Title Catalogue. to an electronic format.

The catalogue describes Finnish-language books and other items, held in the National Library of Russia.

   It covers accessions before 2002. Newly-received materials from 2002 onwards are not included in the catalogue. They may be found in the catalogue of Publications in Foreign Languages.

The catalogue lists every Finnish-language book available in our Reading Rooms. It also comprises brief records for journal, periodical and other serial titles, acquired since 1957.

The catalogue records are displayed in the RUSMARK format. The quality of the information reflects the present-day cataloguing standards. The bibliographic details contains personal names and subject headings but exclude collective names. The records for accessions before 1957 include Finnish-Russian translations of titles.

The catalogue is best accessed with browsers Internet Explorer or Netscape Version 4.0 or later.


Publications in Yiddish

The electronic catalogue of Publications in Yiddish from Collections of the Asian & African Literature Department was launched in 2006.

There are approximately 3,380 titles in the current catalogue which covers items produced in Russia from the early nineteenth century onwards. It contains details for books, pamphlets, dissertations, and individual serial volumes, chiefly, in Yiddish, and partly, in Russian and Western European languages.

The catalogue entries include: bibliographic description; name headings, the headings for publishers/printers.
Some details such as authors, titles, titles of series are also given in Russian translation.

The catalogue records represent work in progress which may be edited and added.


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Rossica

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The electronic catalogue of Rossica was created by converting information from the similar part of the card General Foreign Author/ Title Catalogue to an electronic format.

The electronic catalogue contains details for items from the collection of Rossica, including:

  • foreign works relating to Russia;
  • translations of Russian writers into Western European languages.
The catalogue covers foreign-language publications about Russia acquired before 1930 by legal deposit, purchasing, gift or exchange. Excluded from the catalogue are: regulations, periodicals, publications in Greek, as well as some material types.


Western Language Books
Published in Russia between 1701 and 1800

The Western Language Books Published in Russia between 1701 and 1800 is a database created by converting data from of printed Union Catalogue of Foreign Language Books Published in Russia during the 18th Century. L, 1984 - 1986, Vol. 1-3. to an electronic format.

This includes descriptions for documents published both by Russian printers and by publishing firms using foreign printing facilities. The NLR (Rossica collections) holds 60% of the documents represented in the printed catalogues.

Some descriptions were prepared de visu. The database contains 2200 records for books, pamphlets, periodicals, as well as decrees, manifestos and other government publications with title-page or title information. The database includes material in various fields of knowledge and in many European languages: Latin (scholarly writings and belles-lettres, mainly incidental verse or addresses); German (mathematics, philosophy, linguistics, traveling, etc.); French (belles-lettres, natural sciences and history, generally published in the second half of the 18th century), Italian (libretti, presentation verse and incidental orations), Greek and Polish (textbooks, presentation verse and incidental orations), and some others.

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The 1st Cadet Corps Library

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The The 1st Cadet Corps Library database contains bibliographic details for items in a special collection, held in the Rare Book Section of our Library.

The military school's library was founded in 1732, the year of the foundation of the 1st Cadet Corps itself. The library of the 1st Cadet Corps had grown over the years and in 1909 contained 15 thousand books (4,5 thousand titles) and 365 hand-written cadets' notebooks. Later, however, the library' holdings were separated up between some different collections. The National Library of Russia possesses of the greater part of the holdings and now holds a single collection of 7,137 items, of which 6,822 are in foreign languages.

The database lists every books and brochures, periodicals and other serials from this collection of particular importance, held in the National Library of Russia. In addition, it also includes records for thirteen rare book of the 16th century from the 1st Cadet Corps Library, now available in the Rudomino Library for Foreign Literature in Moscow.

The database depicts every item of this remarkable 18th-20th century collection to us in great detail. Database records comprise bibliographic description, author, organisation, title and subject shelfmark sequences. Bibliographic descriptions contain such characteristic features of items like owners' autographs, hand-written notes, ex-librises, stamps, labels etc.

Bibliographic records provide valuable and faithful resources for the study of not only the history of the 1st Cadet Corps Library but also cultural relations of Russia with Baltic and Western European countries during the 18th-20th centuries.

The catalogue records represent work in progress which may be edited and added. Newly-received information on items from the 1st Cadet Corps Library, held in other libraries, helps to expand the coverage of the database.

Please, note that the database search have a Russian setup and the database describes our digital collections only in Russian.

The database is best accessed with browsers Internet Explorer or Netscape Version 4.0 or later.


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Publications in Russian (1708-1926, 1976-), Ukrainian and Byelorussian (1998-), Dissertation Abstracts (1980-)

It covers

  • publications in Russian between 1708 and 1926 as well as accessions from January 1976 to the present day;
  • publications in Ukrainian and Byelorussian from 1998 up to now;
  • dissertation abstracts dating from 1980 to the present, exept dissertation abstracts, acquired between 1993 and 1997, which are still contained in the separate data base Dissertation Abstracts and will be joined to this catalogue very soon.

Records are loaded via Internet complete with bibliographic description, classification index (in the BBK system) and subject headings. Authority control for bibliographic descriptions involves corporate names, personal names and subject headings, using NLR authority files. Weekly updating.

The catalogue covers Russian-language, Ukrainian and Byelorussian publications acquired by legal deposit, purchasing, gift or exchange. Temporarily excluded from the catalogue are: special technical publications, fine prints (published as separate sheets), maps
(see Cartographic Materials) and periodicals.


General Author/ Title Catalogue of
Books in Russian (1725-1998)

(The English language interface is available).

The General Author/ Title Catalogue of Books in Russian is based on the traditional cataloguing of the National Library. The online catalogue was created by scanning the similar card catalogue and represents the database of electronic card images.

It covers accessions from 1725 to 1998.

The catalogue contains bibliographic details of over 7 million books and other items covering prints, collected standart-technical documents, dissertation abstracts and microfilms.
The catalogue includes entries for journal, periodical and other serial titles. Catalogue entries contain full details of the title, the place of publication, and the dates which are held. However, data about specific issues of these titles are not available in all cases.
Records of music scores, maps (see Cartographic Materials) and newspapers are excluded from the database.

The catalogue is searched identically with a card catalogue. It may be searched by entering a keyword - typically an author name or a title word. Search results may then be displayed alphabetically by author or title and you can check for the presence of the required item.


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Russian Eighteenth-century
Secular Printed Book (1708 - 1800)

The Russian Eighteenth-century Secular Printed Book (1708 - 1800) lists almost every book published in Russia between 1708 and 1800. It has been a long process creating the catalogue. In the early stages of the work, the catalogue described our Library's eighteenth-century collections. Later, catalogue records were compiled from a wide range of external sources, including libraries at Museums, Archives, Universities. At present the catalogue contains details for over 14 thousand books, held in the National Library of Russia and in a hundred other major Russian, Ukrainian and Baltic institutions.

The quality of the information reflects the cataloguing standards for early printed books. The catalogue records represent work in progress which may be edited and added. Newly-published material from reference works and bibliographies helps to expand the coverage of the catalogue.

The catalogue does not contain complete data about royal decrees and manifestos. A full list of these official statements is in preparation and will be made available here soon.


International Union Catalogue of Russian Books (1918 - 1926)

The International Union Catalogue of Russian Books (1918 - 1926) includes bibliographic details for books produced by state, cooperative and private publishers in Russia as well as published by the "White Movement" and the Russian diaspore abroad between 1918 and 1926. The catalogue describes not only our Library's collections but also holdings of over 500 libraries from 37 countries. Catalogue records were compiled from a wide range of external sources, including libraries at museums, archives, universities. The compilers made maximum use of bibliographic resources on the Internet.

The material will be made available in both electronic and printed form (about 5 thousand records per volume).
At present the NLR maintains the database containing c. 47 thousand records. The first two volumes of the similar printed catalogue appeared in 2002/2003. Volume three is still in course of preparation and will be published soon.
Today the Library continues to add records to the catalogue. Data on material from collections available in other libraries helps to expand the coverage of the catalogue.


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Union Catalogue of Russian Books (1826 - 1917)

The catalogue contains 530 thousand records for books held in the six largest libraries of Russia, namely the National Library of Russia, the Russian State Library, the State Public Historical Library of Russia, the Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Library of the Moscow State University, the Library of the St Petersburg State University.

The catalogue covers publications in Russian language produced between 1918 and 1926.

The Union Catalogue of Russian Books (1826 - 1917) includes bibliographic details for books and other publications, including rare copies, official papers, and Russian translations of foreign authors.

The catalogue is not available outside the National Library of Russia's reading rooms.


Foreign Journals/Serials

The Foreign Journals/Serials database was established from the NLR's topographic catalogue, covering European journals, periodicals and other serials in the NLR Foreign Journal Room.

The database also includes publications on library, bibliography and book studies. On the other hand, the database omits bibliographies, reference books and abstracts (the Central Reference Library collections). A description includes: library shelfmark, language (except English, German, French, Spanish, Italian or Latin), serial title, date of publication and/or acquisition, and serial volume, part/edition, issue. Where publication and acquisition dates differ, the date field indicates publication, with acquisitions represented in the volume field.

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Yiddish Newspapers

(The English language interface is available).

As part of the creation of e-catalogues describing the Collections of the Asian & African Literature Department, the National Library of Russia made the first attempt to convert records from the card Catalogue of Yiddish Newspapers to an elecronic format. It resulted in a list of the newspapers in the Roman alphabet, provided for the attention of readers.

The list represents the most accurate copy of the card Catalogue of Yiddish Newspapers: even the notes of cataloguers on cards are retained as far as possible. The notes also reflect differences in versions of bibliographic descriptions of various newspapers. If necessary, information from the catalogue is confirmed in the notes by the word "sic". At this stage of the work, reconciliation of the newspaper holdings was done only for selected items.

The list is presented in two versions. The first is an alphabetical index of titles, provided with numbers and notes. For each title it gives the dates and place of its publication and issues available in the NLR. A geographical index is arranged alphabetically by the place of publication, then by title. It is incomplete as compared with the title index, since the place of publication is not always included in the catalogue entry. The geographic list shows only the titles of newspapers and years of publication. If you have any questions about the Yiddish newspapers we have listed or you find mistakes, please email us with corrections and questions at vera.knorring@yandex.ru


Russian Journals/Serials of the First Quarter of the Ninteenth Century. A Description of the Content

The database Russian Journals/Serials of the First Quarter of the Ninteenth Century. A Description of the Content was compiled in 1995-2006 in preparation for the Union Catalogue of Russian Journals/Serials (1801-1825) (vol.1-3).

In the mid-1990s, Senior Research Scientist of the Section of Union Catalogues A.R.Rumiantsev produced a computer programme based on CDS/ISIS/M. Using this programme, the section staff downloaded analytical entries, describing the content of early printed journals/serials, during 11 years. Starting with the fourth volume, the Union Catalogue of Russian Journals/Serials (A Description of the Content) is prepared in the RUSMARC bibliographic format.
There is a need for experts in a variety of fields such as literature, history, bibliology, bibliography to efficietly search for individual works included in journals published during the reign of Alexander I. Seeing that, compilers of the Russian Journals/Serials of the First Quarter of the Ninteenth Century placed the local database, describing the content of 84 journals from this period on the site of the National Library of Russia. The given resource, containing over 29 thosand records, enables users to search by author/editor, by title, year of publication, geographical index. Records correspond to the text of three printed volumes, but a name index is represented in a more simplified form.
All other details about journals (a full bibliographic description of an item, its creation story, its censorship story, list of literature, a location in libraries etc) you can find only in the ptinted catalogue.

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Russian, Byelorussian and Ukrainian Journals/Serials (1728 -)

The electronic catalogue of Russian, Byelorussian and Ukrainian Journals/Serials (1728 -) contains details of journals, periodicals and other serials in Russian, Byelorussian and Ukrainian, held by the National Library of Russia.

The catalogue describes periodical publications, dating from 1728 to the present day. It also includes records for nonprint library materials stored on microforms.

The catalogue was created by converting information from the card General Dictionary Catalogue of Serials to an electronic format. Work, however, is still in progress and there are some gaps. Today the Library continues to add records to the catalogue and edit catalogue entries. You may search the catalogue for a title of a periodical or a title of its specific issue. Periodical publications of an organization or learned society may be searched by the name of the organization. In a while, you will be able to perform a search by a subject.

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Russian Newspapers (1703 - 1917)

The union electronic catalogue of Russian Newspapers (1703 - 1917) was created as a result of co-operative efforts of the three libraries: the National Library of Russia (NLR) in Saint Petersburg, the Russian State Library (RSL) and the State Public Historical Library (SPHL) in Moscow. Descriptions of newspapers from collections of these libraries formed the basis of the catalogue. They enriched by entries for newspapers, held at the Scientific Library of Federal Archives (SL FA), the Sverdlov Regional Universal Scientific Library named after V. Belinsky (SRUSL) in Yekateriburg.

The catalogue includes bibliographic records for union sets of newspapers (compiled from all libraries – participants), published in Russian from 1703 to 1917 inclusive. In geographic scope it covers the territory that was the Russian Empire in 1913. In addition, the catalogue includes newspapers, printed in such important centers of the Russian Diaspora abroud as Lviv, Chernivtsi, Harbin, and also those items that were issuded by sub-units of front-line forces.


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Books in Armenian

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The Author/ Title Catalogue of Books in Armenian (1623-2006) is arranged in Armenian alphabetical order by un-transliterated author name or title word. If necessary, you can use our virtual keyboard to enter search terms in Armenian.
The online catalogue was created by scanning the similar card catalogue and represents the database of electronic card images.

It covers Armenian materials printed from 1623 to the present day.

The catalogue contains records for publications in Armenian language held in the Department of National Literatures in Languages of the Russian Federation and the Former Soviet Union. The catalogue includes entries for books, and serial titles.

The catalogue comprises over 64 thousand cards. Catalogue records, written in Armenian script, contain full bibliographic details of the title. The records include Armenian-Russian translations of titles.


Books in Georgian

(The English language interface is available).

The Author/ Title Catalogue of Books in Georgian (1629-2006) is arranged in Georgian alphabetical order by un-transliterated author name or title word. If necessary, you can use our virtual keyboard to enter search terms in Georgian.
The online catalogue was created by scanning the similar card catalogue and represents the database of electronic card images.

It covers Georgian materials printed from 1629 to the present day.

The catalogue contains records for publications in Georgian language held in the Department of National Literatures in Languages of the Russian Federation and the Former Soviet Union. The catalogue includes entries for books, dissertation abstracts and serial titles.

The catalogue comprises about 105 thousand cards. Catalogue records, written in Georgian script, contain full bibliographic details of the title. The records include Georgian-Russian translations of titles.


Union Catalogue of Publications in Finno-Ugric

(The English language interface is available).

The Union Catalogue of Publications in Finno-Ugric contains bibliographic details for publications in Finno-Ugric languages, covering Ingrian, Lappish, Karelian, Khanty, Komi, Mansi, Mari, Mordvin, Udmurt, Veps.

Catalogue records for pre-revolutionary publications were compiled from a range of external sources including National Libraries of Republics of Karelia, Komi, Mariy-El, Mordovia, Udmurtia, as well as the National Library of Finland (Library of the Helsinki University) and the Library of the Research Institute of Language of Finland.

The catalogue lists every publication in Ingrian, Lappish, Khanty, Mansi or Veps, held in the National Library of Russia.

It also covers accessions in Finno-Ugric languages of the Russian Federation since 2000. The catalogue describes not only our Library's collections but also holdings available in National Libraries of Finno-Ugric Republics. The catalogue records represent work in progress which may be edited and added.

The catalogue is best accessed with browsers Internet Explorer or Netscape Version 4.0 or later.


Publications in Languages of the Russian Federation (2000-)

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The electronic catalogue of Publications in Languages of the Russian Federation contains bibliographic records for items in all languages of the Russian Federation other than Russian.

   The catalogue lists every publication in Palaeosiberian languages (Chukchi, Koryak, Eskimo etc), Samoyedic languages (Nenets, Nganasan, Selkup etc), and Manchu-Tungus languages (Evenki, Oroqen etc), held in the National Library of Russia.

It also covers accessions in other languages of the Russian Federation since 2000.

Editions with parallel Russian language texts are included in the Current Books in Russian (1980-).
Publications in Finno-Ugric languages, covering Ingrian, Lappish, Karelian, Khanty, Komi, Mansi, Mari, Mordvin, Udmurt, Veps, are listed in the Union Catalogue of Publications in Finno-Ugric.

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Dissertation Abstracts (1993-1997)

The Dissertation Abstracts Catalogue was created in 1996. It comprises dissertation abstracts dating from 1993 to 1997. Records for all theses held since 2000 are included in the Books in Russian Catalogue.


The Author/Title Catalogue of Printed Music (1518- )

The The Author/Title Catalogue of Printed Music (1518- ) provides access to information about music scores housed in the Printed Music and Recorded Sound Department.

(The English language interface is available).

The online catalogue was created by scanning the similar card catalogue and represents the database of electronic card images.

It covers materials dating from 1518 up to the present day.

The catalogue is arranged alphabetically by composer name or title word.

The catalogue is searched identically with a card catalogue.

The Library is working on a conversion of the card catalogue to machine-readable form. The Library continues to add new records to the catalogue. We apologize for the inconvenience.

In case of any problems, contact us by email at .


Cartographic Materials (1994-)

The Cartographic Materials database provides access to information about maps and atlases acquired by the Cartographic Department since 1994.


Foreign Printed Maps and Atlases (1600-2004)

(The English language interface is available).

The Catalogue of Foreign Printed Maps and Atlases (1600-2004) is arranged alphabetically by geographic heading.
The online catalogue was created by scanning the similar card catalogue and represents the database of electronic card images.

It covers cartographic materials printed from 1600 to 2004.

The catalogue contains records for printed maps and atlases held in the Cartographic Department. The catalogue includes over 48 thousand cards. Catalogue records contain full bibliographic details representing a cartographic item and added entries. The catalogue has guide cards, reference cards and cross-reference cards.

The catalogue is searched by entering a keyword - a geographic name in Russian. If necessary, you can use our virtual keyboard to enter search terms in Russian.

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The catalogue consists of some sections. A typical section comprises about 50 cards, each one numbered sequentially. The Catalogue Search identifies only the guide card, which is at the beginning of each section. To see the contents of a section, press the guide card.

The catalogue is in two parts, it consists of two separate catalogues one for maps and the other for atlases which are searched separately.

The catalogue is divided into two separate catalogues:

The Catalogue of Foreign Printed Maps (1700-2004)
The Catalogue of Foreign Printed Atlases (1700-2004)


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Russian Printed Maps and Atlases (1700-2004)

(The English language interface is available).

The Catalogue of Russian Printed Maps and Atlases (1700-2004) is arranged alphabetically by geographic heading.
The online catalogue was created by scanning the similar card catalogue and represents the database of electronic card images. The Library maintains the catalogue in Russian.

It covers cartographic materials printed from 1700 to 2004.

The catalogue contains records for printed maps and atlases held in the Cartographic Department. The catalogue includes over 60 thousand cards. Catalogue records contain full bibliographic details representing a cartographic item and added entries.
The catalogue has guide cards, reference cards and cross-reference cards.

The catalogue is searched by entering a keyword - a geographic name in Russian. If necessary, you can use our virtual keyboard to enter search terms in Russian.

Please note!
The catalogue consists of some sections. A typical section comprises about 50 cards, each one numbered sequentially. The Catalogue Search identifies only the guide card, which is at the beginning of each section. To see the contents of a section, press the guide card.

The catalogue is in two parts, it consists of two separate catalogues one for maps and the other for atlases which are searched separately.

The catalogue is divided into two separate catalogues:

The Catalogue of Russian Printed Maps (1700-2004)
The Catalogue of Russian Printed Atlases (1700-2004)


Union Catalogue of Eighteenth-century Russian Printed Maps

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The Union Catalogue of Eighteenth-century Russian Printed Maps covers maps and plans in Russian, Latin, German and French printed in Russia during the 18th century.

The catalogue describes collections of the two largest libraries of Russia, namely the National Library of Russia and the Russian State Library, and also holdings of the largest archives and museums: the Russian State Historical Archive, the Russian State Archive of the Navy, the St Petersburg Branch of the Archive of the Academy of Sciences, the State Hermitage, the State Russian Museum, the State Museum of Fine Arts after A.S. Pushkin, the Central Naval Museum, the State Memorial Museum after A.V. Suvorov.

Please note!
The union catalogue excludes plans of St Petersburg (see Electronic Copies from NLR Collections).


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Foreign Historical Maps and Atlases (1501 - 2004)

(The English language interface is available).

The online Catalogue of Foreign Historical Maps and Atlases (1501 - 2004) was created by scanning the similar card catalogue and represents the database of electronic card images.

The catalogue contains records for historical printed maps and atlases (maps, reflecting historical periods or events irrespective of the year of publication), held in the Cartographic Department.

The Catalogue of Foreign Historical Maps and Atlases (1700-2004) is a part of the systematic catalogue maintained by the Cartographic Department, but records found in the historical catalogue are not, generally, duplicated in the Geographical Catalogue arranged alphabetically by geographic heading.

The catalogue includes about 5 thousand cards. Catalogue records contain full bibliographic details representing a cartographic item and added entries under the names of historical events.

Please note! The catalogue has guide cards arranged in chronological order. All guide cards are provided for the user in Russian.


Russian Historical Maps and Atlases (1700 - 2004)

(The English language interface is available).

The online Catalogue of Russian Historical Maps and Atlases (1700-2004) was created by scanning the similar card catalogue and represents the database of electronic card images.

The catalogue contains records for historical printed maps and atlases (maps, reflecting historical periods or events irrespective of the year of publication), held in the Cartographic Department.

The Catalogue of Russian Historical Maps and Atlases (1700-2004) is a part of the systematic catalogue maintained by the Cartographic Department, but records found in the historical catalogue are not, generally, duplicated in the Geographical Catalogue arranged alphabetically by geographic heading.

The catalogue includes about 5 thousand cards. Catalogue records contain full bibliographic details representing a cartographic item and added entries under the names of historical events.

Please note! The catalogue has guide cards arranged in chronological order. All guide cards are provided for the user in Russian.


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Electronic copies from NLR collections

The Electronic copies from NLR collections database contains bibliographic details for digitised items in all areas of the Library's collections.

The Library has many unique and important materials, mainly, in the following collection areas: Graphic Arts, Photographies, Maps, Music, Rare and Early Printed Books, Manuscripts. A number of our treasures has been reproduced in electronic form and made available in the reading rooms. Remote users can get access to the electronic copies through our digital services.

Our Digitisation Project will expand to include more rare items from Library's collections in the future. Therefore, the database records represent work in progress which may be edited and added.

Please, note that the database search have a Russian setup and the database describes our digital collections only in Russian.

The database is best accessed with browsers Internet Explorer or Netscape Version 4.0 or later.


Russia's First Printed Newspaper Vedomosti (1703-1727)

The Russia's First Printed Newspaper Vedomosti database is a selection from the Library materials reproduced in electronic form. The database contains not only details but the full text of the first printed news publications.

This official gazette of the Crown was established by Tsar Peter the Great on 16 December 1702. The single column text newspaper was produced on several sheets of small size. The first editions of the Vedomosti was printed in Early Cyrillic. In 1708 the Old Church Slavonic alphabet was modernized into a simplified secular script.
The gazette came out irregularly, thus, 46 issues appeared in 1705, and only one appeared in 1718. Till 1711 the Vedomosti was published in the Moscow printing house, then it was printed sometimes in Moscow, sometimes in St. Petersburg, in turn.
Neither the National Library of Russia nor the Russian State Library holds all printed copies of the gazette, so both libraries have compiled a union complete set of the digitised newspaper from 1703 to 1727.

The data base contains 727 records.

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Petersburg Readings (1992 - 1999)

The Petersburg Readings database provides listing of all articles of annual conference proceedings on Petersburg studies published by Association of Saint-Petersburg Explorers in collaboration with other key institutions and organizations of the city between 1992 and 1999.

Taken together, the conference proceedings represent current state of the art in Petersburg studies. The database builders intended detailed document description both from title information and, above all, from content analyses, providing for searching by aspects like author, person, topic, subject, place or time.

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Virtual Keyboard

In the case of a catalogue, which contains entries in non-Roman scripts, problems may arise when you need to enter some words in Russian. If you do not set a Cyrillic keyboard driver, however, your browser displays the Cyrillic (Russian) text correctly , you can use our virtual keyboard to type Russian letters. It might prove especially helpful for a catalogue search (GAC and other, that have a Russian setup).
The virtual keyboard can be obtained during a search by clicking on a  Russian keyboard  link. You can see the 'Russian Keyboard' button on some search forms. In order to input Russian text (for example, an author name or title word) press the appropriate letters at the virtual keyboard.
If you do not view properly the Cyrillic, then you may set your browser to read the Russian text. To view the Cyrillic in this site, your computer needs platform-specific Cyrillic fonts (Mac, Windows, or UNIX, depending on your machine).
You can find several platform universal Cyrillic fonts and installation instructions on Language Support page.

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