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

Русские портреты XVIII и XIX столетий. Т. 2, вып. 4. — СПб., 1906. — Л. 126—205, [25] л. портр.

Russian Portraits of 18th and 19th centuries. V.2, issue 4. — Spb, 1906. — L. 126–205, [25] s.

This is a book from the series devoted to remarkable Russians of the 18th and 19th centuries. Issue 4 of volume 2 contains 79 portraits of state leaders along with less known people who left their imprint on the Russian history.

Each ’portrait’ consists of a a brief biographic essay and an image of a person. The essays are bilingual, in Russian and French. They provide less known details of lives of public persons: e. g. account of the decease of the empress Elizaveta Alexeevna, the spouse of Alexander I; details of private life of the Great Princess Anna Fedorovna, the spouse of the Crown Prince Konstantin Pavlovitch. Brief as they are these essays portray bright and vivid characters and draw a surprisingly poetic image of the epoch long gone.