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About Us

Slavic Reference Service

Slavic Collections, Acquisitions and Cataloging



To help support scholars with comfortable and accessible services during the COVID-19 global pandemic, we are offering additional virtual bibliographic support, research consultations, and reference services. Join our research consultation virtual room at go.library.illinois.edu/SRS.

The Slavic Reference Service responds to queries in the areas of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies. Our queries originate from the University of Illinois, other U.S. institutions, and scholars and researchers around the world. We provide a range of services including:

  • Assistance with identifying, locating and using print, digital and other Slavic, East European, and Eurasian resources.
  • Course related instruction in locating and using library resources
  • Assistance with finding specific books, articles, dissertations and other materials held by U of I and other libraries.
  • Provision of factual information such as biographical information and statistical data
  • Assistance with the use of microform resources including the use of microfilm and fiche readers and scanners.
  • Consultation in formulating research strategies



Physical Setting

Slavic, East European and Eurasian Collections and Services are located in the International Area Studies Library on the third floor, on the south side of the main library building, Room 321. This area houses reference materials, current periodicals and newspapers, photocopiers, microform readers and scanners, library catalog terminals, an extensive collection of microform materials in addition to the Slavic Reference Service.  The General Information page includes more history and background about the library and its many collections.


Loan Policies

In order to check out IAS Library materials, all faculty, staff, and students must present a University of Illinois i-card to the circulation staff. All others must present a barcoded courtesy card, affiliated staff card, or ILCSO school ID card. Loan periods vary according to patron status:

  • Graduate Students and Faculty–16 weeks
  • Undergraduate Students–4 weeks
  • Courtesy Card Patrons–4 weeks
  • Unbound Journals and Newspapers do not circulate
  • Reference Materials do not circulate

There are no reserve materials shelved in the IAS Library. Materials may be renewed by calling the Library’s Central Access Services at 333-8400, or by following instructions on the My Account page.