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“Time machine experience”

Russian State Library
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

I am not a library person but at a certain point in my life i needed to spend quite a while in this library to work on my thesis and i have the lovelies memories of those times.
You need to have your id and pay a registration fee to get inside. Then there is a security check and the cloakroom with lockers where you have to leave your camera and any books you have on you. That's the easiest part. It's very confusing even for a Russian, let alone a foreigner! But to my surprise, the old ladies working there are quite helpful and even friendly, not typical for Moscow! But again, i am not sure they speak English.
The thing i loved about the library is that i actually felt like back in the USSR.. in a good sense! The glorious main reading hall took my breath away, i didn't expect anything of this kind. It's a time machine! Finding my way to the art department through the labyrinth of corridors was another challenge well worth it. The room has an awesome view of the Christ the Saviour Cathedral and a vast collection of books on art.
By the way, they have a decent cafeteria!

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Reviewed April 2, 2012

That place even if its wonderful it is always so busy so avoid visiting on fridays and saaturdays

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Reviewed November 18, 2011

Let's face it - selecting one of the world's largest research libraries as a tourist attraction is an acquired taste, unlikely to appeal to the average visitor. If, however, you are among the chosen bibliophile few, the RSL might just be your cup of tea. The main building itself is not architecturally memorable, but the major reading rooms are interesting. In them and at other points in the RSL, you will notice portraits, busts, and other portrayals of V.I. Lenin. Until the fall of Communism, the library was named for Lenin and it is still commonly called the Lenina. The name remains chiseled in stone on the building, and the closest Metro stop is the Biblioteka Imeni Lenina.

The RSL houses a unique collection of Russian and foreign documents in 247 languages. It contains over 43 million items, second in size only to the US Library of Congress. It is also renowned for its specialized collections of maps, sheet music, audio records, dissertations, newspapers, and other categories.

If maps, atlases, and other cartographica are your thing, the map collection has foreign works from the 17th century forward and Russian works from the 18th century on, one of the largest holdings in Russia. The Map Division is housed in the Pashkov Dom, a beautiful 18th century mansion located adjacent to the rather soulless main building. It is not normally accessible to the public, but perhaps a serious query to the Map Division can gain you access to both the house and whatever specific maps you wish to see.

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