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Russian and Slavic Studies resources

A guide to resources for all aspects of Russian and Slavic studies in English, Russian and other Slavic languages.

NYU'S Library Catalog

Start with the NYU catalog, BobCat. 

It allows you to search materials in all formats owned by the NYU libraries: print, electronic and archival. The easiest way is to start with the "Books and More" tab above the search line and then filter by format, year of publication, subjects and other facets. It also offers Advanced Search feature.

In case the catalog is not available (under maintenance, or other technical issues), please refer to one of the earlier versions of the library catalog, BobCat Standard,  which is still operational and useful for browsing.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and E-ZBorrow

If you cannot find a title in the online catalog, or the NYU Libraries' copy is checked out for the semester, you can request materials from other libraries via the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and E-ZBorrow delivery services. 


If a book or a magazine is not listed in the BobCat and therefore is not available in NYU libraries or other consortium institutions, your next step is to  be check the OCLC union catalog. It comes in two iterations: OCLC First Search, a subscription database; or a slightly simpler, open-source version of the same product, WorldCat.

Finding books outside of WorldCat

If a title appears in WorldCat, it means it is available in one of the OCLC member institutions. Major libraries in Russia and other Eastern European or Eurasian countries may not have listed their holdings in OCLC WorldCat. It does not mean that they are unaccessible.

Suggest a Purchase

If the book or journal is relatively new, you can suggest the purchase.

InterLibrary Loan

If the book is not available commercially, our Interlibrary Loan service will do everything to get a copy, most likely digitally.

Search National and Major Academic Library Catalogs

You can search national and major academic library catalogs to find out what's available outside of the OCLC collections:


Czech Republic



Online libraries