Margarita Rudomino All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature

All-Russian state library for foreign literature named after M. I. Rudomino, library for foreign literature, "Foreigner" is a Moscow library, specializing in literature in foreign languages.

Margarita Rudomino All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature
Location109189, Russia, Moscow, Nikoloyamskaya ul., 1, tel. +7 (495) 915-36-21
Branchesliterature in foreign languages
Sizeabout 4.4 million copies in more than 140 languages.
Other information
DirectorVadim Duda


The library was started by Margarita Ivanovna Rudomino in 1921 in an old building in central Moscow.[1] It started with a collection of 100 books in German, French and English.[2] State library for foreign literature has existed since 1924; before — Neophilologica library, library Neuphilologische Institute.

The library moved four times and did not have its current home until 1967. The library was still under the control of its founder and it grew to contain four million books. Most of the books are from Western countries and the library contains languages facilities so that readers can learn the language of the books.[1] The books are catalogued according to the system used in the culture that the books come from. The libraries founder studied library science in Denmark. She retired in 1973[1] when the library had four million publications in 128 languages.[3] Since 1975, the profile of the library includes fiction, foreign literature on the Humanities, arts, foreign countries and reference publications.

The main library building is located in Moscow at the Yauza Bank, opposite the high-rise building on Kotelnicheskaya embankment.

Unlike other Central Moscow scientific libraries, the library is arranged for readers from sixteen years old. For younger readers (from 5 to 16 years), there is a children's room.

Nicknamed "the Foreigner", the library has an extensive stock of humanities literature. Compared to Moscow's other main libraries, such as the Russian State Library and the State Public Historical Library of Russia, the library offers relative quick access to books from its depository, just 15–20 minutes. It is said that it is one of the world's most important libraries.[1]



  1. American Library Association (1993). World Encyclopedia of Library and Information Services. American Library Association. pp. 726–727. ISBN 978-0-8389-0609-5.
  2. "Margarita Rudomino All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature (LFL)" (PDF). 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 August 2013.
  3. F William Summers Professor Emeritus School of Library and Information Studies Wayne A Wiegand; Wayne A. Wiegand; Donald G. Davis (1994). Encyclopedia of Library History. Taylor & Francis. p. 230. ISBN 978-0-8240-5787-9.
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