The UC Berkeley Library contains one of the largest Slavic collections among US academic libraries. Materials are collected from all the countries of the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe in all vernacular languages. Substantial material in English and other European languages is also collected to support Slavic Studies.
The largest part of the collection supports the study of Russia, its history and culture. Strong research collections exist for Polish, Czech and Hungarian Studies. Curriculum supporting collections cover the remainder of the East European countries. Through strong exchange agreements with academies and national libraries in the Caucasus and Central Asia, the Library has built solid collections for these regions and continues to do so to support increased campus interest in these subject areas.
Related Campus Organizations
Listings of relevant library collections (including links to their catalogs). Libraries and collections at Berkeley may also be listed under "Related Pages."
Contains extensive materials about Slavic groups in the Western United States including many publications of the Russian-American Company and of the Russian settlement at Fort Ross, California. All Slavic imprints prior to 1850 are housed there along with rare literary editions. The Bancroft Library Manuscripts collection also houses the Kniazeff Collection (Russian emigre materials, documents of various Russian Scout organizations, and documents from various Russian Cossack groups).
Masaryk-Beneš Collection (PDF)
The library of Masaryk’s personal secretary, Arne Laurin, containing materials relating to the First and Second Czech Republics.
Media Resources Center
Has an extensive collection of East European videos to support research and the campus curriculum.
Miliukov Collection (PDF)
The personal library of the famous Russian educator and politician.
Pacific Film Archive
Contains one of the most extensive collections of Russian and East European films in the United States.
Regional Oral History Office
Contains interviews with prominent Russians who settled in California.
A rather unique feature of the Slavic collection at Berkeley is strong coverage in Mathematics, Engineering, and the Physical and Biological Sciences (PDF).
Siberian Photos - collection of photos owned by the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, here presented on the web.
The Library welcomes gifts in all forms. Many private donors have made contributions toward the acquisition of research materials for the use of Berkeley faculty and students. This support is very important in sustaining the excellence of our collections and services.
The following types of gifts are available:
Gifts of scholarly materials and the results of research have historically represented a significant element in the development of our outstanding research collections. We welcome individual gifts, but due to space and staff limitations, we must be judicious in accepting large contributions. Contact Liladhar R. Pendse, Librarian for Slavic & East European Collections about the materials you wish to donate.
Donations of recently published books are welcomed. New book purchases will be checked to ensure titles aren’t already on order.
Memorial and Honorific Gifts
Contributions given in memory or in honor of a person are welcomed. For a gift of $1,000 or more, a named memorial book fund can be established. A special book plate will be created and placed in each book.
Endowment funds may be established with a gift of $50,000 or more. These funds provide the library with an annual income in perpetuity and have a lasting impact on maintaining a world class collection in Slavic & East European Studies. The University invests its endowments carefully to achieve a healthy rate of return that provides for both current needs and long-term growth. A special book plate will be created and placed in each book.
Cash Gifts for Book Purchases
Cash contributions of any amount are welcomed and can be made directly to the Library using the online form. In the Special instructions or designations for this gift section, specify which collection it is for.
If you prefer to send a check, make it payable to the UC Regents (indicate which collection it is for) and mail it to:
Liladhar R. Pendse
Librarian for Slavic & East European Collections
Doe Library, rm. 438
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000