Open Living Room is a space in the library of Lermontov at the city center, on Liteiny Avenue. Open Living Room is a part of the library, but it is a separate project. I worked there for 1.5 years, now I come here as a regular visitor.
The Lermontov Library is located in the building of the Musin-Pushkin mansion (relatives of the one Pushkin). The building is of historical value: the restorers tried to preserve the historical appearance of interiors. I recommend walking through the halls, it’s very beautiful there.
The Open Living Room is very different from the rest of the library. Its interior is made with a hint of the historical past, while still being stylish & modern: mirrors on the ceiling, pseudo-crystal chandelier, chairs in different styles, as if bought from a flea market and restored…
I come here to work with my laptop. To access the WiFi, it’s necessary to submit documents to the librarians. Here you can cheaply print texts or illustrations, work for free at local computers. In the evenings, there are lectures, concerts, performances.
In the lobby there’s a suitcase for exchanging books. The Librarians are polite and friendly.
There is no complete silence, as is habitual in libraries. People talk in a low voice, soft music plays–more like a cafe or coworking than a library.
In the lobby, there’s a simple coffee machine. Good coffee, business lunch or a nourishing snack can be found in the bakery around the corner or in bakery Tsekh 85.