The library is open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 10 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm.
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The academic year 2021 commenced in a new environment that requires everyone in the School’s community to take care of one another. In order to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus and retain the possibility to attend classes and communicate offline, we kindly ask you to:

  • wear a mask
  • keep a physical distance of 1,5 – 2 meters (5 – 6,5 feet)
  • wash your hands frequently and use a hand sanitiser provided in campus lavatories
  • dispose of masks and gloves using a special container in campus lavatories
  • eat your meals in a specially designated place within the recreational area or in the cafe on the first floor of the campus

We keep the campus clean and ventilate the rooms regularly. We have installed an air recirculator in the library, organised workplaces with a sufficient distance between one another, and arranged a designated eating area outside the library’s study hall. Also, a contactless infrared thermometer and an automatic hand sanitiser were installed across from the reception area. Please measure your body temperature when entering the library.

In order to minimise the risks, we encourage all Shaninka residents to shorten their stay in the library whenever possible and take books home. To make a book reservation, send your request to In your request, specify the title and author of the book. Please check the electronic catalogue to see if the book is currently available. Remember that you can take no more than three books at a time. You need to pick up your reservation within 24 hours. When the time expires, we put the books back on the shelves. You can return books contactlessly. Just write your full name on a piece of paper, put it in the book, and place the book inside a transparent container at the front desk.
The library is open for MSSES students, teachers, staff members, and alumni. The library collection compiles the best books on social sciences as well as humanities in general – both in English and Russian. The collection is regularly updated: faculty deans and programme managers select the books for the library based on the teachers’ and students’ requests as well as current trends. Also, the library is subscribed to a number of printed and electronic periodicals.
The library is a cosy space suitable for both intensive individual studies and live interaction with peers. It is equipped with everything one might need for work: computers, printers, Wi-Fi, comfortable and movable tables and chairs, and, naturally, a multitude of sockets.

The front desk separates the study hall from the recreational area, where you can take your meals, talk on the phone, or chat with your friends. The library staff is always willing to help, answer your questions, and hear your suggestions.
Our mission is to create and preserve a comfortable working environment, to act as a navigator in the information flow, and to maintain academic processes by, inter alia, initiating discussions on issues of concern to contemporary academics. 

Three pillars of our philosophy:
  1. Invisible librarian
    MSSES students, staff members, teachers, and alumni can use library books and journals freely without intermediaries or any bureaucratic procedures. You can find any book in the library on your own, without any help from our librarians.
  2. Significance of the community
    The MSSES library is a space for like-minded people, paving their own ways in the world of academic research. We strive to maintain a comfortable working environment for our readers and therefore reserve the right to regulate visits to the library undertaken by students from other institutions.
  3. Value of feedback
    The library exists thanks to our readers and for them. We are here for you and we are always willing to hear your questions, requests, and recommendations:
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Article 13 of Federal Law No. 114-FZ, dated 25.07.2002, “On Combating Extremist Activity”, paragraph 7 of the Regulation on the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, approved by the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No.1313, dated 13.10.2004, the Ministry of Justice of Russia is charged with the responsibility to maintain, publish, and upload the Federal List of Extremist Materials to the Internet. Information materials are recognised as extremist by the Federal Court at the place of their discovery, distribution, or location of the organisation that produced such materials upon the prosecutor’s presentation or in the course of proceedings on the relevant case of an administrative offense, civil or criminal case. The Federal List of Extremist Materials is formed based on copies of court decisions, received by the Ministry of Justice, that have entered into force, recognising information materials as extremist. Names and individualising features of information materials are included in the Federal List of Extremist Materials in strict accordance with the operative part of the court decision. Appeals against court decisions recognising information materials as extremist are carried out in the manner specified by the law of the Russian Federation. The law of the Russian Federation establishes responsibility for the mass distribution of extremist materials included in the published Federal List of Extremist Materials as well as their production or possession for the purpose of mass distribution. Federal List of Extremist MaterialsФедеральный список экстремистских материалов