General information

Combining the past and the future 



The Presidential Library was opened on May 27, 2009.  It is a federal electronic storage of digital copies of the most important documents on the history, theory and practice of Russian statehood, Russian language, as well as a multimedia multifunctional (cultural, educational, research, information and analytical) status of the national library of Russia.



Located in the center of St. Petersburg in the historical building of the Synod, the Presidential Library has its structural units in Moscow (reserve center) and Tyumen (the branch in the Tyumen region) and has a developed infrastructure that includes electronic reading and exhibition halls, a conference hall, meeting rooms, a transformable multimedia complex, operating in the format of high definition television (HDTV), a television complex, digitization and storage centers for digital data, its own publishing and printing complex. The library, bibliographic, information-analytical, scientific research, scientific-information, methodical, cultural, educational activities of the institution are carried out on this technological basis. 

The important tasks of the institution are information support of state authorities, as well as information, technological and organizational support for international, federal and regional socio-political and scientific-practical events.

Organizational, legal and information technology practice of the Presidential Library allowed it to become one of the leading federal centers for coordination of work in the field of creation, storage and use of electronic resources. The Presidential Library's collections contain over a million depository items - electronic copies of books and periodicals, archival documents, audio and video recordings, photographs, educational films, abstracts of thesis and other materials. About 1,000 organizations and citizens involved in the activities of the Presidential Library contribute to the creation of the national electronic resource.


The functioning of the Presidential Library presents the effectiveness of modern electronic libraries that provide access to information resources remotely on the basis of telecommunication technologies. The accumulated experience in the formation of a methodology for creating and maintaining electronic catalogs, digitizing and storing electronic resources can be used as a reference model for the development of library networks.

The results of the activities of the Presidential Library are reflected in annual public reports and are regularly covered in central and regional mass media.

For 2009-2023 the Presidential Library portal was visited by several million remote users. The availability of the resource is also provided through the centers of remote access, opened in federal and regional cultural and educational institutions, as well as outside the Russian Federation. So far the Presidential Library has opened over 1700 remote access centers on the territory of the Russian Federation. There are 63 centers of remote access of the Presidential Library in 35 foreign countries.



January 31, 2007 an order № 34-gp of the President of the Russian Federation "On the Establishment of the Library of the President of the Russian Federation" was issued.


April 26, 2007 in his message to the Federal Assembly, the head of state suggested that the library should be named after the first President of Russia Boris Nikolaevich Yeltsin (1931-2007). According to V. Putin's plan, the new library "should become an information and connecting link for the entire library network of the country".


June 18, 2007 an order by the President of the Russian Federation "On the Establishment of the Presidential Library" was issued and an organizational committee was set up under the chairmanship of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation V. I. Kozhin.


October 27, 2008 he President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev signed the law "On Amending Article 18 of the Federal Law "On Librarianship", which gives the Presidential Library the status of a national library.


November 5, 2008 by the decree of the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation V. V. Putin, the jurisdiction, objectives of activities and other issues related to the establishment of the federal state budget institution "The Presidential Library" were determined.


April 8, 2009 Prime Minister Vladimir Putin approved the Charter of the Presidential Library.


May 27, 2009 at the All-Russian Day of Libraries and the City Day, President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev inaugurated the Presidential Library in St. Petersburg. The solemn ceremony was attended by statesmen, judges of the Constitutional Court, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill, representatives of the Office of the President of the Russian Federation, VTB Bank, design and construction organizations that restored the building of the Synod, the library and archives community, the city administration and the public of St. Petersburg, journalists.


December 28, 2011 a new version of the Charter of the Presidential Library is approved.