National Library of Russia, St. Petersburg

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The National Library of Russia in Saint Petersburg (known as the Imperial Public Library from 1795 to 1917; Russian Public Library from 1917 to 1925; State Public Library from 1925 to 1992 (since 1932 named after M.Saltykov-Shchedrin); NLR), is not only the oldest public library in the nation, but also the first national library in the country. The NLR is currently ranked among the world’s major libraries. It has the second richest library collection in the Russian Federation, a treasury of national heritage, and is the All-Russian Information, Research and Cultural Center. Over the course of its history, the Library has aimed for comprehensive acquisition of the national printed output and has provided free access to its collections. It should not be confused with the Russian State Library, located in Moscow.
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  • Great architectural style of this building clearly marks the importance which was once placed in the field of written word. Near the Nevsky prospekt and easy to locate.  more »
  • We like national libraries and worked hard to try to see this one. As you face the building from Nevsky, the entrance is at the left rear. We walked around the building three times, and spoke to...  more »
  • I've visited it without any particular expectation but surprisingly it was probably one from the strongest impressions of all my visits in St.Petersburg. The walls, the furniture, the books - you...  more »
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  • Perfect place for study and work.
  • very much variety of books most of them is in Russian literature
  • Great place to concentrate on your work or study. Wifi, power sockets, diverse selection of books, magazines and studies on a range of subjects (mostly in Russian, literature in other languages is available upon request), nice atmosphere, quite reading rooms, buffet (not pricey), nice location right in the city centre, beautiful building and its surroundings.
  • The diamond of Saint-Petersburg. A great atmosphere, the highest level of service, and a huge storage (37 millions, 6th in the world, the biggest for literature in Russian).
  • I couldn't find a single book on Hillary Clinton but found loads in Big Donald

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