Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

More than 500,000 volumes of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian titles cover countries and regions in which more than 50 languages are spoken.

Highlights of the collection include exceptional works by and about Vladimir Nabokov, Boris Pasternak, Joseph Brodsky, and Isaak Babel. It further boasts an Ardis publishing house archive, satirical graphic art created by Sarajevans under siege in the 1990s, a robust Armenian studies collection, and much more.

We keep pace with U-M courses offered about contemporary Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Mongolia, and the former Soviet Republics and regions. 

As course curriculums evolve, with more emphasis on the inherent cultures, religious faiths, and languages characteristic of the independent former Soviet countries, and their political significance, our collecting reflects those changes. We’ve enriched coverage of Armenian Studies and Central Asian Studies, and developed collections of Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian arts and scholarship.

History of the collection

The library has been actively acquiring materials in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian languages and topics for at least 100 years. The Cold War brought enhanced support for the collection in the form of federal grants targeting advanced study of critical languages and cultures.

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the geographic region covered by this collection jumped from roughly 12 countries and regions to about 52.

Stari Most, the bridge over the Neretva River, connects the two halves of the city of Mostar in Bosnia-Hercegovina.


Brendan James Nieubuurt

Librarian for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies


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