Library Privileges & Hours

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently not able to host researchers in-person this summer. We invite you to participate in our Virtual Summer Research Laboratory (VSRL) this year: June 14 – August 8.

The 2021 Virtual Summer Research Laboratory Orientation Guide is now available at

Library Information and Services During the Virtual Summer Research Laboratory:

  • Virtual research support for general and specialized queries throughout the Summer and beyond. VSRL Associates may also request a personalized bibliographic session with the Slavic Reference Service through Zoom.
  • Access to digital and database collections of our Library for an extended period.
  • A free of charge duplication service for University of Illinois Library materials. Restricted to 15 pages per request and subject to copyright restrictions.

When it is safe to resume an in-person Research Lab in future years, 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.



The librarians of Russian and Slavic studies and the Slavic Reference Service are readily available to provide reference and bibliographic service to researchers. 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. Visit the Slavic, East European and Eurasian collections and services page or Slavic Reference Service web page for additional information.

SRS Individualized Research Practicum:

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 practicum 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.