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Russian State Library

(RSL), Russia's national library, located in Moscow; one of the world's largest libraries. Moscow's first public library, the RSL was founded in 1862 as the library portion of the Moscow Public Museum and Rumyantsev Museum. In 1925 it was renamed for V. I. LeninLenin, Vladimir Ilyich
, 1870–1924, Russian revolutionary, the founder of Bolshevism and the major force behind the Revolution of Oct., 1917. Early Life
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, who, after the Russian Revolution, played an important role in its reorganization, supplementing its original collection with the contents of many confiscated private collections. The following year it became the country's national library. Renamed the Russian State Library in 1992, it has its main headquarters in a grand collonaded building constructed from the 1930s through the 50s. Russia's national book depository, the RSL now has a collection of more than 42 million items in Russian and 247 other languages. It includes some 17 million books and serials, 13 million journals, and 650,000 newspapers. Among its specialized collections are maps, printed music and recordings, manuscripts, rare and precious books, and art publications. Among its other buildings is Pashkov House, a reconstructed and restored late-18th-century neo-Palladian mansion that originally housed the museum and library and now contains the manuscript and map collections as well as exhibition space.
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SOVIET'S SEARCH FOR SPIKE: When a Russian researcher in the old Soviet Union requested a rare book for the Lenin State Library in May 1984, the British Library tracked the elusive book down to Cleveland's reference library.
One of the most notable purges of Lenin's name came in 1992 when the Lenin State Library of the USSR changed its name to the Russian State Library.
It isn't cheap, but for those impossible-to-find documents it is comforting to know that Information On Demand has established a working rapport with the Lenin State Library, the Japan Information Center of Science & Technology, and other libraries that your own ILL department may be reluctant to contact.
In brief, agencies such as the American Library Association (ALA), the Library of Congress (LC), the New York Public Library, the Lenin State Library of the U.
Among other organizations, the American Library Association, the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Lenin State Library of the USSR, and the Library Directorate of the USSR Ministry of Culture participate in this initiative.
Kartashov Co-Chair on the Soviet side for CLC, Director of Lenin State Library and president of the U.