Library and Reading Room named after I.S. Turgenev is the first publicly available free municipal public library in Moscow. It was founded in 1885 on the initiative and at the expense of Varvara Morozova (1848-1917) to perpetuate the memory of the great Russian writer Ivan Turgenev, who died in 1883.
The reading hall is located in a building constructed in 1895 by the architect A.N . Knabe.
Library and Reading Room by I.S. Turgenev is a complex of 7 specialized rooms equipped with latest electronic equipment, three rooms for cultural and educational programs, exhibition hall, 4 depositories and a number of premises.
The electronic catalog of the Library has about 130 thousand entries.
There is no card catalog. The main types of library and information services — free of charge. We have mortgage loan and the AB-subscribe.
The library fund has more than 100 thousand copies of documents including book editions on universal themes in Russian, German, French and English, periodicals in Russian, German and French, reference books of universal nature, special reference books, dictionaries, electronic publications, audio-visual documents («talking books», music CDs, movies on DVD and video-tape, electronic sheet music).
On a gratuitous basis we hold art exhibitions, performances, meetings, literary evenings, concerts as well.
Museum dedicated to the history of city lighting
Great Moscow planetarium opened on June 13th, 2001
The National Museum of the History of Science and Technology
Scientific and entertainment center for learning science and natural phenomena