The Slavonic Library
Collection materials in format
The Slavonic Library is a continuously accumulating collection serving research related to Russia and Eastern Europe.
Collection linksThe National Library of Finland Search Service (opens a new tab) Finna.fi – a search service for cultural and scientific material in Finland (opens a new tab) Research Guide – library resources related to Russian and Eastern European Stud… (opens a new tab) Subject Catalogue: Publications before 1917 (opens a new tab) Subject Catalogue: Folklore and Literature Studies (opens a new tab) Subject Catalogue: Polonica (opens a new tab) Rare publications. Prints. Old Polonica (opens a new tab) Newspapers of the Slavonic Library (opens a new tab) The Glasnost Collection of the Slavonic Library: Short-lived periodicals of the… (opens a new tab) Russian émigré literature published in Harbin and Shanghai in the collections o… (opens a new tab)
The Slavonic Library is a continuously accumulating collection serving research related to Russia and Eastern Europe. The Legal Deposit Collection that was accrued in 1828–1917 includes deposit copies of printed matters in all subjects published within the borders of the Russian Empire. From the Soviet period, the collection contains literature mainly from the fields of humanities and social sciences from the Soviet Union and other countries within the Slavic language area. The collection also includes emigrant literature. Acquisition of new materials is focused on the fields of humanities and social sciences within Russian and Eastern European studies.
Temporal coverage of the collectionbeginning of the modern age modern age (turn of the 18th and 19th century to the 20th century) modern times (1900-)
Spatial coverage of the collectionAsia Europe Eastern Europe Russia
Main collectionThe Slavonic Library
SubcollectionsPeriodicals in the Slavonic Library Music Library of the Slavonic Library Books in the Slavonic Library Fenno-Ugrica Image Collection of the Slavonic Library Map Collection of the Slavonic Library Newspapers in the Slavonic Library
Restrictions of useOnly for Special Collections Reading Room Only for reading rooms In the open collection Digitised on legal deposit terminals as e-material for remote access On the University of Helsinki’s Intranet In the reference collection As a microfilm on reading stations Available for home loan Kept in closed stack collection, use requires ordering the publication
The description retains the character set and orthography of the publication whenever possible. Cyrillic characters may also be retrieved as transliterated according to the ISO-9 standard (see the transliteration guidelines).
More information about cataloguing
Most of the collection can be retrieved through the National Library’s search service and the Helka search service. However, the information for some newspapers and periodicals is available exclusively through the card catalogue.
Separate catalogues have been created for newspapers, rare books, the image collection and the Glasnost collection.
There are three card catalogues, categorised by topic: Publications in the Cyrillic alphabet published before 1917, categorised according to the Russian BBK system; publications in the Cyrillic alphabet published after 1917; and publications in the Polonica collection, categorised according to the Universal Decimal Classification.
Publication linksEkonen, K.: Mies maailmanluokan kirjaston takana. / Kansalliskirjasto 54 (2012:… (opens a new tab) Ekonen, K.: Slaavilainen kirjasto, ystävyyden ele vai venäläistämisen väline. /… (opens a new tab) Ekonen, K.: История России и Финляндии в зеркале Славянской библиотеки Хельсинк… (opens a new tab) Ekonen, K.: Русская библиотека Императорского Александровского университета Фин… (opens a new tab) Ekonen, K.: Славянская библиотека Хельсинки в 1809–1924 гг. История организации… (opens a new tab) Ekonen, K.: Яков Грот – основатель Славянской библиотеки Хельсинки. / Философск… (opens a new tab) Engman, M.: Böcker i kristid. Biblioteken i relationerna mellan Finland och Råd… (opens a new tab) Knapas, R.: Tiedon valtakunnassa: Helsingin yliopiston kirjasto – Kansalliskirj… (opens a new tab) Knapas, R.: The Helsinki University Library – The National Library of Finland 1… (opens a new tab) Suonsyrjä, J.: Славянская библиотека. / Studia Slavica Finlandensia 1 (opens a new tab) Muistiin painettua: Kansalliskirjaston kulttuuriaarteita (opens a new tab) Printed in the memory: literary treasures in the National Library of Finland (opens a new tab) Tryckt i minnet: kulturskatter i Finlands nationalbibliotek (opens a new tab)
Parallel collectionsThe legal deposit collections from the period of Russian rule
- Russian and Eastern European Studies Subject Guide
- National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg
- Russian State Library in Moscow
Research literature on Russia and Eastern Europe is acquired for the Slavonic Library, along with reference works in cultural and social studies. The primary fields are history, literature, culture, art, society, philosophy and religion. Fiction is only added to the collection if it is in one of the Slavic languages. Newspapers and periodicals are primarily acquired in electronic formats, but printed versions may be included if online editions are not available.