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Slavic & East European Collections: Welcome!

Collection Overview

Welcome to the Slavic and East European Collections at University Libraries!

I am delighted that you have chosen to explore our collections and I am thrilled that you are interested in Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies! Whether you are deep into your research project, or just getting started; whether you are a language student, or a native speaker; whether you are a Tar Heel, or a visitor to Carolina, I am certain that you will find information and inspiration among our vast holdings. 

We offer: 

  • Partnership with Duke University Libraries to extend coverage of Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian publications. 
  • Russian publications from all countries where Russian is spoken and Russian publishing thrives, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Israel, Ukraine, and the United States, and, through our partnership with Duke, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. 

Please do not hesitate to get in touch for research consultations, reading suggestions, help with Russian grammar, or just to say hello. I look forward to hearing from you!


Kirill Tolpygo | Толпыго Кирилл Сергеевич | Толпиго Кирило Сергійович
Librarian for Slavic & East European Studies, Global Studies and Linguistics

Cooperative Collections

Our library enjoys a decades-long partnership with Duke University Library for building Slavic and East European collections within the Triangle Research Libraries Network, the nation's oldest library consortium.

All UNC affiliates may borrow materials from Duke University Libraries. Materials can be requested via our joint catalog and will be delivered to UNC.

The division of collection responsibilities between the two campuses enables UNC and Duke to combine their budgets and extend the coverage of the region in ways that would not be sustainable for either library to undertake alone. Below is a summary of major collection responsibilities and their distribution.

Shared Responsibility

  • Russian Federation*

* UNC additionally collects Russian language materials from the Baltic States, Transcaucasia, Ukraine, and Moldova, and diaspora materials from Western Europe, Israel and the Americas.


  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia

UNC small collection programs, legacy collections, and exchanges: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia.


  • Belarus*
  • Kazakhstan*
  • Kyrgyzstan*
  • Poland
  • Tajikistan*
  • Ukraine**
  • Uzbekistan*

*Primarily Russian and English language materials.

**UNC collects Russian language materials from Ukraine.

Featured Collection: The André Savine Collection

A picture of the Kremlin painted on the wall of the Alekseevskoe Military Academy in the White Army refugee camp in Gallipoli, Turkey.

The André Savine Collection

The André Savine Collection consists of books, periodicals, and archival materials documenting the three waves of Russian emigration of the 20th century and the lives of Russian exiles abroad. In addition to materials produced by émigrés, the collection includes scarce early Soviet publications and pre-revolutionary editions.

The Library has digitized over 900 items from the Savine Collection that can be accessed freely via the Internet Archive at The André Savine Digital Collection.

With over 30,000 items in its holdings, the Savine Collection is still being processed. Please get in touch with any questions about these materials!

Image: A picture of the Kremlin painted on the wall of the Alekseevskoe Military Academy in the White Army refugee camp in Gallipoli, Turkey. A group of soldiers (and a couple bulls) look on. 

Image Source: 1-й Армейский корпус в фотографиях. [Gallipoli, ca. 1921].

Featured Collection: The Czechoslovak Legion Collection

Czechoslovak Legion train drawing

The Czechoslovak Legion Collection

The Czechoslovak Legion Collection consists primarily of books and periodicals produced by the Legion during its entanglement in the Russian Civil War, 1918-1920. The materials were printed on trains, in towns along the Trans-Siberian railroad, and aboard Allied ships following the Legion's evacuation from Vladivostok. Materials include official newspapers and journals, published Legion documents, political pamphlets, handbooks, works on history, literature, and culture, humor and satire publications, autobiographical materials, reprints of classic literature and original poetry and prose.

Related collection: The Russian Civil War and American Expeditionary Forces in Siberia, 1918-20.

Image source: Švec, Václav. Schema historických momentů československ. vojenských operací na Sibiři 1918-1919. Irkutsk, 1919.

Slavic & East European Resources for the Community

Library Borrower's Card

We welcome all visitors! Our guest wi-fi provides access to most of our electronic resources. North Carolina residents may obtain a Borrower's Card in order to check out materials. Visiting or resident unaffiliated scholars interested in full access to library collections, including electronic resources, may wish to apply for the CSEEES Fellows Program.

Acquisition Highlights

BiblioRossica logo

We are excited to provide you access to BiblioRossica, containing over 20,000 Russian language ebooks from leading academic presses, as well as the catalog of Academic Studies Press, a Boston-based publisher specializing in Slavic and Jewish studies.

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