Russian State Library

Russian State Library

Public Library · Russia

"Pashkov Dom" Publishing House

Program Overview

In 1998, Pashkov Dom Publishing was established on the basis of the Department of Printed Publications of the Russian State Library. Over the past years, the publishing house has issued more than 600 publications on current library and book research topics and has taken a leading place among libraries’ publishing houses in Russia and the CIS.
  • Publishing activities began: 1998
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
    Being, as the leading figure of Russian bookishness N.A. Rubakin put it, “a book reflection of the universe”, the library sets a clear vector for publishing activities — that is to introduce into scientific circulation and popularize unique monuments of writing and book culture stored in the Russian State Library. Major scientists and specialists working in all departments of the library are involved in producing monographs, catalogues, and reference, informational and methodological materials. Over two decades, the publishing house’s repertoire has developed. Professionals have got accustomed to books on the history, theory and practice of librarianship, bibliographies and literature indexes by Pashkov Dom. For bibliophiles, there are publications on the history of books, bibliology, the art of publishing and ex-libris design, facsimiles, and reprints of manuscript and book monuments. For a wide audience, there are scientific and popular, subject matter and universal indexes, encyclopedic publications, stories about books by Russian writers. There is a special place occupied by the materials of All-Russian and international conferences, catalogues of exhibitions held in the library. The publishing house’s flagship projects are book series that introduce readers to the works of recognized library scientists, bibliologists, bibliographers, historians, philologists. They include “Book Monuments of the Russian State Library”, “Collections of the Russian State Library”, “The Great Librarian”. Libraries of the country need the Schedules of Library-Bibliographical Classification published in large numbers by today’s standards, proceedings of All-Russian and international scientific conferences. There are such noticeable multi-volume publications as the “Union Catalog of Russian Books. 1801—1825”, “Owner’s Book Marks in the Rare Books Department of the Russian State Library”, “Bibliophilism and Personal Collections”, “Book Universe”. The main element of the publishing house is its close-knit team of like-minded people who always follow the motto of N.P. Rumyantsev: “For the Benefit of the Fatherland and the Good Enlightenment”.
  • Open access focus: Not central
  • Portion of Open Access publications: Some
  • Publishing Languages: Russian, with abstracts and metadata in English

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Services distributed across library units/departments
  • Advisory/editorial board: Yes
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 30
  • Funding sources: Library operating budget; sales revenue

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Educational resources
  • Journals
  • Monographs

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 5
  • Peer-reviewed: 2
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 20
  • Peer-reviewed: 20


Top Publications:
  • Bibliotekovedenie [Russian Journal of Library Science] (journal)
  • Bibliotechno-bibliograficheskaya klassifikatsiya: Srednie tablitsy [Library-Bibliographic Classification: Medium Schedules] (journal)
  • Bibliotechnoe fondovedenie [Library Fund Science] (book)
  • Dary Imperatorskogo Doma Moskovskomu publichnomu muzeumu i Rumyantsevskomu muzeumu: al’bom-katalog [Donations of the Imperial House to the Moscow Public Museum and Rumyantsev Museum: album catalog] (catalog)
  • “Beauty of the Very First Civil Font Came from Round, Measured and Clarity”: Book Culture in the Epoch of Peter the Great. Proceedings of the International Scientific Conference (conference proceedings)
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • Library science
  • Cultural studies
  • Bibliographical catalogues
  • History of books
  • Russian literature


  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: No
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Consider external partners but only if in our disciplinary specialty
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): Yes

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • images
  • text
Software & Platforms:
  • locally developed software
  • OJS

Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • In-house