The Presidential Library was opened on May 27, 2009. It is a federal electronic storage of digital copies of the most important documents on the history, theory and practice of Russian statehood, Russian language, as well as a multimedia multifunctional (cultural, educational, research, information and analytical) status of the national library of Russia.
Located in the center of St. Petersburg in the historical building of the Synod, the Presidential Library has its structural units in Moscow (reserve center) and Tyumen (the branch in the Tyumen region) and has a developed infrastructure that includes electronic reading and exhibition halls, a conference hall, meeting rooms, a transformable multimedia complex, operating in the format of high definition television (HDTV), a television complex, digitization and storage centers for digital data, its own publishing and printing complex. The library, bibliographic, information-analytical, scientific research, scientific-information, methodical, cultural, educational activities of the institution are carried out on this technological basis.
The important tasks of the institution are information support of state authorities, as well as information, technological and organizational support for international, federal and regional socio-political and scientific-practical events.
Organizational, legal and information technology practice of the Presidential Library allowed it to become one of the leading federal centers for coordination of work in the field of creation, storage and use of electronic resources. The Presidential Library's collections contain over a million depository items - electronic copies of books and periodicals, archival documents, audio and video recordings, photographs, educational films, abstracts of thesis and other materials. About 1,000 organizations and citizens involved in the activities of the Presidential Library contribute to the creation of the national electronic resource.
The functioning of the Presidential Library presents the effectiveness of modern electronic libraries that provide access to information resources remotely on the basis of telecommunication technologies. The accumulated experience in the formation of a methodology for creating and maintaining electronic catalogs, digitizing and storing electronic resources can be used as a reference model for the development of library networks.
The results of the activities of the Presidential Library are reflected in annual public reports and are regularly covered in central and regional mass media.
For 2009-2021 the Presidential Library portal was visited by several million remote users. The availability of the resource is also provided through the centers of remote access, opened in federal and regional cultural and educational institutions, as well as outside the Russian Federation. So far the Presidential Library has opened over 1400 remote access centers in all 85 regions of the Russian Federation. There are 48 centers of remote access of the Presidential Library in 33 foreign countries.