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Three Million Books, Unique Editions and Rich History

The University Fundamental Library is the oldest and largest university library in Russia. Established together with the University, the Library has over the years made a major contribution to University research and education activities. It dates back to the time when Empress consort Maria Feodorovna became the High Patron of the Orphanage, so it is basically as old as the University. In 2002 the Fundamental Library was named after Empress consort Maria Feodorovna.

Library printed matter collection numbers over three million copies and is comprised of both this year’s publications and tens of thousands unique editions with only a few books surviving globally, including a number of notable rare editions. This overwhelming collection was gathered and preserved despite all the troubles of the 20th century. The sources for the most valuable items include the collections of the Emperor’s Orphanage, Nikolaevsky Orphan College, All-Girls Pedagogical Institute, First Cadet Corps, Froebel Society, Raev’s Higher Female History, Literature and Law Courses and Lokhvitskaya-Skalon’s Higher Female Natural Sciences Courses, as well as rich private collections of Pavel Keppen (1846-1911), Nikolay Karinsky (1873-1935) and Fedor Vitberg (1846-1919).

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Tens of millions of books, articles and dissertations on your screens.

Currently, a major part of the library collection is represented by electronic editions accessible on publisher and aggregator platforms. These do not only include over two hundred thousand textbooks, millions of academic papers and about a million of dissertations in Russian, but also a few dozen million books and papers in English, Chinese and other languages. The University is subscribed to the largest aggregator platform EBSCO Publishing, two largest citation indexes and research intelligence platforms Web of Science and Scopus, as well as the publisher resources: Elsevier (ScienceDirect), Springer, Taylor&Francis, Wiley, Sage, China Academic Journals Full-text Database, Nature, Science; American Psychological Association, American Physical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry journals, global collection of dissertations and theses ProQuest Dissertations&Theses, largest chemical structural search resource Reaxys, video education resource Education in Video Series, etc.

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Comfortable environment for your education and leisure.

Today, the Fundamental Library incorporates both modern facilities for individual research and consulting with specialists and the library website that hosts a set of services and tools for remote information retrieval and efficient remote library services. The Library includes the central facility and ten departmental libraries. The central facility offers over 80 computers for individual research and areas with charger and Wi-Fi access where visitors can work on their own devices. These areas are a perfect venue for working with publications taken from the library or other materials. There are also recreation areas, areas for group work, quiet spaces and areas where conversations are allowed. Ten departmental University libraries are located in various University buildings and offer educational literature. The libraries operate via an RFID system, using an electronic library card and RFID book tags. There is a 24-hour self-service book check-in station at the University campus.

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The Library is where you are: services and information support.

Library website allows users to search within the library e-catalogue, request printed materials, access user account to communicate with library staff and browse information and navigation tools. The Fundamental Library constantly stays in touch with its readers through VK, Facebook and Instagram social networks and advises readers by email or instant messengers.

Library Education Programmes offer classes for all education levels. The library hosts education seminars with the best Russian and global experts in education and academic research.

Library premises have been made accessible for individuals with accessibility challenges. The library offers a braille display computer and Non Visual Desktop Access applications. Electronic collections also include accessible publications.

Contact Details:

URL: http://lib.herzen.spb.ru

E-mail: libinfo@herzen.spb.ru

В Контакте: https://vk.com/libherzen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/libherzen

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/libherzen

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Frequently asked questions

How to apply for degree/non-degree programmes?

➤ To apply a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD programme at Herzen University you need:

  • to choose a program
  • to prepare necessary documents (the list of documents is available here)
  • to pass entrance exams

More information about the admission procedure for a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD program is available here

➤ To apply for the Foundation programme or the Russian as Foreign Language courses you need:

  • to fill out application form here

➤ To apply for a non-degree programme or a teacher-training programme you need to make an enquiry via e-mail: international@herzen.edu.ru

What is the language of instruction at Herzen University?
How can I apply if I do not speak Russian?

The language of instruction at Herzen University is Russian.

If you do not speak Russian, you may take the Foundation programme – a Preparatory Course for Those Who Are Planning to Apply for a University Degree Programme.

Course duration – 10 months.

The Foundation programme starts every Monday throughout September - October.

Upon completion of the Foundation Programme you may apply for a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD program.

More detailed information about the Foundation Programme is available here

How to get a student visa?

➤ To get a student visa to study on Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD programme you have to get an official invitation letter from Herzen University.

To get an official invitation letter you need to submit the following documents:

  • A copy of national passport (your passport has to be valid for at least 18 months from the date of your application).
  • A filled in application form
  • A copy of the last Russian visa (if applicable)

Upon receiving the original invitation letter, you have to contact the nearest consulate of the Russian Federation to obtain the visa.

➤ To get the Russian entry visa to study at the Foundation programme (10 months) or other Russian as Foreign language non-degree programmes you have to do the following:

  • to get an official invitation letter from Herzen University

To obtain the official invitation letter you need to submit the following documents:

  • A copy of national passport passport (your passport has to be valid for at least 18 months from the date of your application).
  • A filled in application form

Upon receiving the original invitation letter, you have to contact the nearest consulate of the Russian Federation to obtain the visa.

What am I required to do upon arrival?

Upon arrival to St. Petersburg, you have to get the residence registration within the period of 7 days. The registration is required by the Russian migration law.

➤ If you stay at a Herzen University’s dormitory your residence registration is issued by the dormitory’s administrative staff.

➤ If you rent an apartment you have to address the landlord (property owner) in order to be registered at the place of your residence.

More detailed information about the residence registration procedure is available here