Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Division

Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies is the descriptor frequently used for the area covered by our Division in the library.  We collect materials from and/or about Eastern Europe, Mongolia, Modern Greece, Russia and all the Soviet successor states including those in Transcaucasia and Central Asia, in languages used by those countries.  The Division selects, orders, catalogs and maintains these materials.  We also select materials in West European languages about countries in our area of coverage, and they are cataloged elsewhere in the library. 

Ours is one of the country's largest such collections, one that is especially strong in languages, literatures, history, social sciences, art and bibliography.  The best-represented countries are Russia, Poland, the Yugoslav successor states (especially Bosnia and Hercegovina), and the Czech Republic/Slovakia.  Notable holdings include, in all formats, the Greek American experience, Russian revolutionary movements, Russian and East European dissident writings, modern Armenian history and literature, the Silver Age of Russian Literature, Southeast European travel literature, and serial publications of the East European academies.  A current priority is development of our Central Asian, Armenian and Modern Greek holdings.  Our acquisitions are mostly purchased, but we also receive books as gifts or on exchange with peer institutions in the U.S. and abroad.  The Slavic Division also participates in consortia and federal programs for resource creation, preservation, and acquisition.  

Information concerning our staff can be found on the Area Programs home page

Collection Size

Approximately 500,000 monographs and serials in the vernacular,

50,000 titles in Western languages and 16,500 items in nonprint media, including microforms and electronic resources.

Among the 86 different languages represented in the collection, the majority of holdings is in: East Slavic- 302,000 items, South Slavic- 76,000 items, West Slavic- 100,000 items, Central Asian, South Russian and Caucasian  languages- 21,000.  All these figures are approximate .

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