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SPbU 1724 — 2022

Appointment of Ekaterina Dashkova as Director of the Academy of Sciences

1783

January

Ekaterina Dashkova was appointed Director of the Academy of Sciences and became the first woman in the world to hold such a position.

The main fund of the Library dates back to the same year – 1783, when Empress Catherine the Great donated 1,100 volumes from the collection of books of the Russian bibliophile of the 18th century Petr Zhukov to the first in Russia Teacher's Seminary in Russia. Throughout the history of the library, its collection has been enriched by private donations. It contains over 200 personal libraries of University professors and prominent figures of Russian science and culture.

Today, the M Gorky Scientific Library is the best university library in Russia, with 6.7 million items.