Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies
The UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries hold an excellent collection of materials in Slavic literature and linguistics, Soviet and Russian history, economics, and political science. Limited acquisitions are made in Russian and East European art, music, history of education, library science, math/physics and other sciences. Soviet and Russian studies of China, Latin America, United States, and Africa are also acquired. The geographic coverage of imprint areas includes the territories of the former Soviet Union, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, former Yugoslavia, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, and Hungary. Currently the Slavic and East European holdings at UNC-Chapel Hill are approximately 500,000 volumes (monographs, serials and microforms).
Duke University Libraries contains one of the oldest and most extensive Slavic collections of all the academic libraries in the Southeastern United States. Of the 6 million volumes currently held by Duke University Library, 453,547 (or 3.5%) are part of Duke's Slavic collection. Of that number 329,434 volumes are in Slavic languages and 124,113 in Western European languages. The bulk of the collection relates to the former Soviet Union and its successor states in Eurasia and Eastern Europe, that is, to the territories that share either a common Slavic linguistic heritage or a political history with the lands and cultures of Slavic Eurasia. By the terms of the existing cooperative collection development agreement between the members of the Triangle Research Library Network
(TRLN), Duke is responsible for acquiring and providing access to Polish imprints while the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) develops a comprehensive collection in Czech, Slovak and Hungarian. In the case of Russian-language materials, UNC-CH is primarily responsible for Russian history and literature (particularly of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries), while Duke collects comprehensively in Soviet and contemporary Russian/Eurasian history, economics, and linguistics. Together, the combined library holdings of TRLN libraries represent a major national asset for scholars and students of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.