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The library contains over 1,000,000 items in Russian and foreign languages. The history of the RANEPA Research Library dates back to the twentieth century. The library's collection originate from the library of A.L.Shanyavsky Moscow City People’s University (1908–1918). After 1918, the library received book collections from Soviet research and academic institutions and organizations, such as the Institute of Red Professors, Communist International (Comintern), Communist Party schools, the Academy of Social Sciences etc.

The library keeps books in key fields of knowledge as well as dissertations defended at  RANEPA.



At the core of the RANEPA Rare Books Collection is the library from A.L. Shanyavsky Moscow City People’s University. The collection was built by outstanding figures of the time. Among the first contributors were outstanding scientists and public figures such as V. Amphiteatrov, A. Chuprov, A. Reformatsky, V. Rot, publishers M. Sabashnikov, S. Muromtsev, L.Shanyavskaya, and others.

5 корпус библиотекаOf special value was E. Yakushkin’s (son of I. Yakushkin, one of the Decembrists) library, donated by his son, V. Yakushkin.

The library possesses an archive of historic texts – Russian books published before 1830, periodicals, and other historic writings. The Collection was established so that these texts would be available to researchers, as well as to preserve them safely in the RANEPA library.

The Rare Books Collection currently has more than 1,100 items. The Collection comprises a set of books published between 1831 and 1917 and that show ownership details such, as ex libris, presentations, and owners’ inscriptions.

Books from the Collection are available only at the Reading Hall.


  Building Hours
1 Building 1

Circulation Department


09.30 to 19.00

Reading Hall


10.00 to 19.00

2 Building 2


09.00 to 19.00

3 Building 5


09.00 to 19.00

4 Building 6

Monday and Friday

13.00 to 15.00


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