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The University

Fundamental Library

  • 3 million
    Library printed matter collection
  • 10+ millions
    books, articles and dissertations in electronic editions
  • 200К+
    textbooks, academic papers
  • Few millions
    books and papers in English, Chinese and other languages
The University Fundamental Library one of 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
  • 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
  • Lokhvitskaya-Skalon’s Higher Female Natural Sciences Courses
  • rich private collection of Pavel Keppen (1846-1911)
  • rich private collection of Nikolay Karinsky (1873-1935)
  • rich private collection of Fedor Vitberg (1846-1919)
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:
  • the largest aggregator platform EBSCO Publishing
  • two largest citation indexes and research intelligence platforms Web of Science and Scopus
  • 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.

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.

There are also recreation areas, areas for group work, quiet spaces and areas where conversations are allowed.

The Library includes the central facility and ten departmental libraries. 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.
  • 80
    computers for individual research
  • Wi-Fi
    visitors can work on their own devices
  • 24-hour
    self-service book check-in station
  • 10
    departmental University libraries

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.