Universal Collection

Stock: 92 557 items
Last updated: July 2013

The Universal Collection contains editions published after 1830 in Russian, in the languages of the peoples of the present Russian Federation and in foreign languages. The works cover all the spheres of human activities. Reader can get acquainted with such parts of Russian and European culture and history as:

  • life editions of classics of literature of 19th — 20th centuries;
  • encyclopaedias and reference books;
  • other unique editions.

The Universal Collection represents a result of the cooperation of the RSL and the RNPLST in digitization of works of Russian classical literature (18th — 20th centuries) which were acknowledged as national heritage. These works include:

  • poetry and prose;
  • publicism, memoirs and epistolary heritage of Russian writers;
  • editions of literary criticism;
  • pieces of old Russian literature;
  • Russian legends, fairy tales, bylinas, proverbs, songs, pieces of hagiography, etc.

There are also accessible works of modern authors who signed an official contract with the library. Thus the latter satisfied the demands of the RF legislation concerning the mechanism of transferring intellectual property rights.
The collection is a large repertoire of documents on history and culture of Russia and the boarding territories. It offers an opportunity to get acquainted with best oeuvres of scientific thought and also to trace forming of the Russian nation in all aspects during several centuries.

Here reader can find books digitized within the framework of the following projects:

The Universal Collection includes a representative Collection of Editions on Library Work.

The Universal Collection contains thousands of books in leading European languages — in French, English and German. There are also editions in Polish, Italian, Swedish, Spanish, Norwegian, Dutch, Portuguese and other languages.

The collection is intended for a broad circle of readers, beginning from school children and students and up to scientists and researchers.



Recent Acquisitions

Животовский, С. В. (1869—1936) На Север с отцом Иоанном Кронштадтским: Очерки и ил. С. В. Животовского.

Zhivotovsky, S. V. (1869—1936). Accompanying Fr Ioann of Cronshtadt to the North: essays and illustrations by S.V. Zhivotovsky. — Spb.: A.K. Veyerman Artistic lithographic printers, 1903. — [2], 76 p., 1 s. portr. ill., М 109/21

Ioann of Cronshtadt — Ivan Ilyich Sergiev (1829—1908), a preacher, clerical writer, protopriest and senior priest at the Andreevsky Cathedral in Kronshtadt was immensely famous in Russia on the verge of the 19th—20th centuries. While alive he was reverently regarded a ’people’s saint’, miracle-worker and holy man.

The reports tell of Fr. Ioann’s experiences during the travel, conducting services and meeting people. There are also accounts of several miraculous events evidenced by the author, such as the rain that, after Fr Ioann’s prayer, poured over a region which had been suffering from the dry weather and the risk of forest fires.

The book contains remarkable descriptions of the natural beauty of Russian North, its waterways, lakes, villages and towns passed by the party.