East European Collections

The Taylor's Slavonic & Modern Greek Collections

The East European collections (ca. 100,000 volumes) focus on the languages, literatures and, to a lesser degree, history and culture of Eastern Europe. They are housed in the Taylor's Slavonic Reading Room, the Teaching Collection (Modern Greek periodicals and reference material only) and the Basement.

Holdings are represented in SOLO (opens in new window), the Bodleian Libraries' online catalogue.

Research Collection

Most of the materials focusing on languages and literatures are housed in the Basement and are on open access and are available for loan to registered readers.

The majority of the library's non-literary holdings are housed offsite at the Bodleian Libraries' Book Storage Facility.

Please note that there is a small open shelf reference collection on the history of the region that is shelved in the Gladstone Link, which can be accessed via the Bodleian Library and the Radcliffe Camera.

Undergraduate Collection

The collection's ca. 8,000 volumes are intended primarily for the use of undergraduates studying Russian language and literature at the University. They are shelved in the North Basement, which is reached via the staircase opposite the Slavonic Reading Room. Students of other East European languages and literatures may also access material in the research collections.  

Special Collections

Special collections include the library of the philologist and literary historian W.R. Morfill (1834-1909), the University's first Professor of Russian. The library of the first Professor of Byzantine and Modern Greek, R.M. Dawkins (1871-1955), which includes many pre-1800 and early 20th-century items, is of considerable research significance.

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