Founded in 1930, the year the Institute was established, the Library holds more than 600,000 editions published both in Russia and abroad including:
academic books, study materials and fiction in Russian, European and Asian Languages, in print and digital formats;
books on Linguistics, Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages, History of Languages, Translation and Interpreting;
general and specialised encyclopedias, dictionaries, and reference books published in Russia and elsewhere;
a unique collection of the 19th century encyclopedias, dictionaries, and books in French, English, Latin, and Ancient Greek;
3000 doctoral theses defended in MSLU;
4000 doctoral theses abstracts from Russian universities.MSLU also has an Online Resource Centre to provide students and lecturers with free-of-charge, ready-to-use teaching and learning resources developed within the University and beyond.