SPbU is the first university in Russia, an actively developing world-class centre of research and education. The recent history of the University has seen a number of important events that have determined its future.

In this section you will find information on how these new developments help SPbU to constantly evolve, to develop the facilities and the infrastructure, to improve the quality of education and maintain the University’s high standing in the academic community and with the leading employers both in Russia and abroad.  

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.

The University possesses thousands of pieces of equipment which are not part of the SPbU Research Park resource centres. Even seeing all of this equipment would be a difficult task: the equipment is scattered over numerous premises; it is not always listed on the inventory register; it is not used to its full capacity and often employed inefficiently... The task set is as follows: to create a register of such equipment and regulations for its use that would be convenient for everyone.