Moscow region, Sergiev Posad, Lavra, Academy


The library of the Moscow Theological Academy, one of the leading educational institutions of the Russian Orthodox Church, is one of the largest repositories of theological and church-historical literature in Russia and the former Soviet states. More than 350 thousand books, graduate qualification works, magazines, newspapers, maps, art objects, photographs, electronic copies of books and manuscripts, as well as media resources are collected and stored in the Library's collections.


  • 1300 manuscripts;
  • 10,000 books published before 1826;
  • more than 350,000 books in 130 languages.

In accordance with the Academy's principles of educational and research activities, the main acquisitions of the Library focus on theology, biblical studies, philology, church history, philosophy, church art and applied church disciplines. In addition, the Library's collections include publications, archives, and documents that meet the needs of current educational programs, as well as contribute to the comprehensive development and education of MThA students and the professional development of members of the teaching and learning corps.

Digital Catalogue and Digital Library

The library has created and continues to develop three electronic catalogues: ABIS "IRBIS64" and ABIS "OPAC-Global".

Most of the library's collection shows up on IRBIS64, including MThA graduation works, video and audio materials. Work on cataloguing foreign literature, archives and maps into the electronic catalogue is in progress. Catalogues are also being created for some of the manuscript collections of the Russian State Library Manuscript Collection, Russian State Archive of Ancient Acts and Central Historical Archive of Moscow, which are related to the MThA, Trinity-Sergius Lavra and individual church personas.

Work continues on expanding the Digital Library. Access to the Electronic Catalogue and the Digital Library is provided only within the Moscow Theological Academy. The main book catalogue and 5000 electronic copies of the books of the electronic library are also available on the website of the MThA Library at

Outside digital resources

The MThA library has subscriptions to the following electronic databases:

  • An electronic library system "University Library Online", Access is provided from any point of the local MThA network without registration; and if authorized - from anywhere in Russia.
  • The Presidential Library, Access is provided from the computers in the Reading Room.
  • National Digital Library, https://нэб.рф/. Access is provided from the computers in the Reading Room.

Work Space

The library has a modern Reading Room with 36 workstations, including 8 workstations equipped with computers with access to the Electronic Catalogue, electronic databases and Internet access.

In the subscription department there is a collection of all necessary texbooks and literature, which may be requested without prior order. There are 8 workstations in the Subscription hall.

In the Subscription hall there is a systematic and alphabetical card catalogue, a catalogue of foreign literature, a catalogue of journals and a systematic card catalogues of articles.

Literature from the main book collection may be ordered in the Reading Room and the Subscription hall. Materials are issuedin the Reading Room.

The rules of use, categories of readers, the list of services provided by the Library and the visiting hours are available on the Library's website in the "Sevices" section.

Residential students, teachers and staff of the Moscow Theological Academy, students of the School of Iconography and the Choir Director's School have free access to all the literature available in the collections and to all the resources provided by the MThA Library.

External users engaged in research activities can also gain access. A request form for access can be found at here.

Visiting hours

The Administration Office and Subscription Office

Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Reading Hall

Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday and the days preceding Great Church Feast: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sundays and big church holidays: 12 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Selection of ordered literature from the main book collection:

Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

More information about the Library's schedule can be found at in the "Services, Visiting Hours" seciton.


141300, Moscow region, Sergiev Posad

Trinity-Sergius Lavra, Moscow Theological Academy, Library


Telephone:                +7 (985) 743-4489


Head of the MThA Library

Since March, 2010 - Hegumen Dionysius (Shlenov), professor of the Moscow Theological Academy, Candidate of Theology.

Fr. Dionysius graduated from the Moscow Theological Seminary in 1994, was tonsured a monk on March 27, 1998, ordained a hierodeacon on April 11, 1998, ordained a hieromonk on November 21, 1998. In 1998, Fr. Dionysius graduated from the Moscow Theological Academy with a degree in theology, defending his thesis on "St. Nicetas Stethatus and his theological works". Since 1998, he has been a lecturer at the MThA and Chair of the Greek-Latin section at the MThA. Since 2003 - Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal the "Theological Herald". In 2006 he was raised to the rank of hegumen. Since 2012, he has been the head of the "Greek Christian Literature" specialization, opened as part of the Department of Philology.

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