In 2008, the Rector stumbled upon several hundred thousand books when he was inspecting University premises in the Petrodvorets District. Book collections were being kept in warehouses located at 6 Astronomicheskaya Street, building 1. These warehouses were not suitable for storing books. Books found included volumes from special libraries that were supplementary to the main University collections. Many of these books were rare, pre-revolutionary editions.

In 2011, the director of the M. Gorky Scientific Library, N. Matsneva, prepared an internal memorandum concerning the condition of University library holdings. Currently, systematic work is being carried out to sort and structure the collections and optimise their storage.