The 2024 Summer Research Laboratory Orientation Guide coming in early June 2024.

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is home to the Slavic and East European Collection, the largest Slavic collection in the Midwest and at any state-supported University in the United States. The Collection comprises documents in Slavic languages, Non-Slavic East European language and non-Slavic languages of the Soviet Union. The specialized University Library unit Slavic Reference Service and the librarians of Russian and Slavic studies are readily available to provide bibliographical and research assistance to the scientists conducting research related to Slavic, East European and Eurasian studies. This combination of resources and personnel creates a setting that many users have called the most efficient place in the world in which to do research in this field.

Library Information and Services During the Summer Research Laboratory:

  • Research support for general and specialized queries throughout the Summer and beyond. SRL Associates may also request a personalized bibliographic session* with the Slavic Reference Service in-person or through Zoom.

  • Onsite access to digital and database collections of Library.

  • A free of charge duplication service for University of Illinois Library materials. Restricted to 20 pages per request and subject to copyright restrictions.

SRL Associates will receive full library privileges to conduct research in the University Library. The privileges include free access to the stacks, use of a carrel, and the right to check out books and bound periodicals.

Associates are also encouraged to request assistance from Slavic Reference Service ahead of their visit so the materials be prepared by their arrival to campus.

*Personalized bibliographic session:

Applicants may also apply for a consultation with a Slavic Reference Service librarian for a personalized bibliographic session. SRS staff will develop a personalized, project-based program for each participant covering electronic tools and software, print and electronic bibliographic resources and databases, archival sources, vernacular-language search techniques, vernacular keyboard options, vernacular full-text resources, and as needed, online consultations with information specialists located in Eurasia and Eastern Europe.

If participating in a practicumwe encourage you to contact the SRS before the session date and make them aware of the research you have already accomplished, the sources with which you are familiar, plans to travel to your research country, and other other information regarding the progress of your research project.

Hours and Contact Information

International and Area Studies Library working hours: 

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Friday - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday - Sunday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

Slavic Reference Service information:

**Please note that the SRS and the University Library will be closed June 19 and July 4 for University-wide observed holidays.