Several hundred thousand books were found by the Rector quite accidentally in 2008, when he was inspecting the University premises in Petrodvorets District. Book collections from the so-called special libraries, which were supplementary to the main University collections and included many rare pre-revolutionary editions, were kept in the warehouses not suitable for storing books, located at 6 Astronomicheskaya Street, building 1.

In 2011, the director of the Maxim Gorky Research Library N. Matsneva prepared an internal memorandum concerning the condition of the University library holdings. Currently, systematic work is carried out aimed at sorting and structuring of the collections and optimization of their storage.