Digitization of the MSN library

We are working on the restoration and digitaziation of the Moscow Naturalist Society library. This will allow to avoid readers’ direct contact. This will allow to avoid readers’ direct contact with the most valuable and fragile exemplars in order to preserve them as well as to make the library’s resources accessible worldwide. The books will be available on the Society’s new website.

The MNS library is one of Russia’s largest and contains about half a million books. The history of the library starts from the book collection of Fischer von Waldheim, the Society’s first director. The collection itself included several thousand volumes. D. Shelaputin, a merchant and the Society’s member, handed over more than 2,500 rare books to the library in 1831. Princess Z. Volkonskay also donated a large number of books.

Other projects


Snows of Kilimanjaro

The expedition is dedicated to the 210th anniversary of the MNS and the 80th anniversary of E. Hemingway’s The Snows of Kilimanjaro. In October 2015, the Society’s members,…


Public Lecture Hall

In the course of science popularization program MOIP shall set up a project called “Public Lecture Hall”. In the course of the project holding we shall have meetings to be held …