COVID-19 and the Harvard Library resources
Dear visitors! Please note that because of the COVID-19 outbreak Harvard library's services have changed. Please see the following updates:
COVID-19 Open Access Resources (available to Harvard users during the outbreak)
Of special note to researchers in Post-Soviet and East European studies:
National Electronic Library of Russia (Национальная электронная библиотека) created a stay-at-home portal with access to many books, periodicals, images and historical collections for free or with an online payment option (for current editions). In some cases a user needs to register on the government services portal for access.
East View Publishing has made the library's print subscriptions available online until they are able to resume shipping the print copies.
For more online research options please see:
Smetana, Sprzedana narzeczona. Teatr Wielki / juis [Fragment]. Poster for an opera performance at Teatr Wielki in Warsaw. Part of Slavic poster collection : Opera performances at Teatr Wielki in Warsaw.
This guide provides a starting point for research for students, faculty, and visiting researchers in Slavic and Eurasian studies at Harvard University. It includes selective lists of reference resources, both online and in print. For the up to date information on our newest resources and projects please visit Harvard Library's Slavic Blog.
For requests for new materials and inquiries about the Slavic collections please contact bibliographic specialists at the Americas, Europe and Oceania Division (AEOD) at Widener Library:
Russian/Belarusian/Former Soviet Union collection: Anna Rakityanskaya (617) 495-4797
Ukrainian collection: Olha Aleksic (also Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute) (617) 998-5367
Slavic Central and South European collection: Lev Chaban (617) 998-5368
Serials librarian: Kristin Kulash (617) 998-5369
For general Slavic reference inquiries and research assistance please contact:
Svetlana Rukhelman, Research Associate, Department of Comparative Literature and Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies (617) 496-8241
For technical issues concerning this guide:
Anna Rakityanskaya (617) 495-4797
Harvard Library catalog and tips on searching Cyrillic titles
To render Cyrillic words using Roman characters, HOLLIS uses the Library of Congress system of transliteration. (Please note that most other U.S. library catalogs and databases use the same system, while several other systems are in use in Europe, the former Soviet Union, and in other contexts.)
The ALA-LA Romanization tables page on the Library of Congress website provides transliteration tables for various non-Roman languages, including Slavic and non-Slavic languages that use Cyrillic alphabet:
In addition to this, one can also use the automatic online transliteration tool.