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

Цветаев Д. В. «Избрание Михаила Феодоровича Романова на царство». — М., 1913.

Read the bookTsvetaev D. V. «Election of Michail Feodorovich Romanov as the crowned Tzar» — Moscow, 1913.

This is a book written by professor Dmitry Vladimirovitch Tsvetaev, the governor of the Moscow Archive of the Ministry of Justice early in the 20th century (with the Russian monarchy yet unchallenged). It is devoted to one of the major benchmarks in the history of Russian statehood — election of the first Romanov Tzar Michail Fedorovitch by Zemsky Council (the council of territorial representatives) and foundation of the Romanov dynasty.

The work was published in 1813, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Romanov House. Particular chapters are devoted to zemsky (territorial) councils of the period; the represetnative membership in the historic zemsky council of 1613; Romanovs' genealogy. The author refers to the wide range of archive and historical sources. The appendix provides copies of archive sources used, including the earliest known document mentioning Michail Romanov as a state service man with the tzar Vasiliy Nikolaevitch Shuisky.