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Russian State Library

#183 of 2,391 things to do in Moscow
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Address: Vozdvizhenka, 3/5, Moscow, Russia
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One huge temple of the knowledge in Moscow !

Here, in the Vozdvizhenka street, near the Kremlin area, is located this grand state library in Moscow. That is a national library of Russia by its importance, which it has... read more

Reviewed 3 June 2016
Oleg Y
Belgrade, Serbia
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Belgrade, Serbia
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Reviewed 3 June 2016

Here, in the Vozdvizhenka street, near the Kremlin area, is located this grand state library in Moscow. That is a national library of Russia by its importance, which it has within the boundaries of the country. The entrance is free, we got the visitors badge and really enjoyed,walking in the long corridors and passing from one room to another. That... More 

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Reviewed 22 January 2016

One of the best places I've been to in Moscow. You can visit it for free, at the entrance you will get visitors badge and then you can wander around freely on your own! It is very impressive to see old reading auditoriums, academics and students sitting with the piles of books. Some steam-punk-like machinery :) And city panorama views... More 

2 Thank Laurynas B
Sydney Olympic Park, Australia
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Reviewed 12 August 2015

A nice diversion from the crowded Kremlin triangle can be found in Moskva's huge public library (nicknamed 'Leninski' due to its previous name VI Lenin Library). Blast from the past to see its rows & rows of card catalogues, a system still apparently in use on the main floor (RSL does have a digital catalogue as well!) I was a... More 

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Reviewed 31 July 2015 via mobile

Great place for walking around and taking a break from the busy city. I would recommend bringing a book and read it in one of the many beautiful reading rooms. Entrance is free. You just pick up a guest card in the office to the right of the main office.

2 Thank Katrine M
Hyderabad, India
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Reviewed 25 July 2015

So this is the worlds second largest library after the one in Washington DC. It is literally huge. There is no entrance fee, you just need to say you are a tourist are interested in visiting the interior of the library they would be more than happy to give you a visiting card to enter in. Though most of the... More 

1 Thank Abhinav gupta S
San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 29 May 2015

The Russian State Library (previously Lenin library) is the main library in Moscow and is housed in an impressive building close to the Kremlin. Even though it is still in use today, tourists can purchase a single entry (note that you will need some passport or identification document) and we found it more than worthwhile visiting - it is one... More 

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Nacogdoches, Texas
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Reviewed 24 March 2015

If I read Russian, I could live here. There's so much more inside than you think when you see the building. It's sometimes maze-like. As we noticed throughout Russia, this public building was a gathering place for locals. We had lunch sitting around Dostoyevsky's monument, just people watching.

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Slough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 March 2015

Old tall building,with a statue outside of Dostoevsky outside,could not go in,but stood for ages looking at it,was quite an imposing building.

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Newcastle, Australia
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Reviewed 24 December 2013

Went to the State Library expecting to find a large room or room/s filled with rows of books as far as the eye could see. Upon my arrival however was pleasantly surprised to find that the place was a maze filled with treasures and interesting oddities around every corner (and given its soviet styled set up, there are lots of... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

The Library was high on my list of places to visit after it being one of the main locations in the game, Metro 2033. The outside of the building is stunning and a great opportunity for pictures. However when we tried to get inside we were left disappointed. We were told we would need to purchase a ticket, which was... More 

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