The Slavonic Library
Collection materials in format
The Slavonic Library is a continuously accumulating collection serving research related to Russia and Eastern Europe.
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.
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.
- 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.