Slavic Languages and Literatures

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The Slavic Languages and Literatures Library is part of the Unitobler Library

The Slavic Languages and Literatures Library is primarily intended for members of the university, students and other specialists. Other interested persons are requested to register beforehand.

For general information about infrastructure, borrowing and returning, courier, information and research assistance please visit the website of the Unitobler Libraries.


  • 24 long-term work spaces which can be rented for one semester; 13 of them come with additional carcasses.
    Further information on renting work spaces and corpuses can be found here.
    Requests for work spaces and carcasses can be made using the following form.
  • 3 day work spaces for free use
  • 2 online catalog terminals (in the institute, B 343)
  • 1 self-lending terminal
  • 1 collaborative work space (in the institute, B 347)

Library introductions

A library introduction is provided for all new students at the start of each fall semester, open to other interested individuals. Dates are published via the Slav List. Registration: Institute of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Bibliothek Slavistik

The holdings of the Slavic Studies Library correspond to the research specialisations of the Institute for Slavic Languages and Literatures. You can search for media from our collection via swisscovery University and PH Bern.
Around 50,000 volumes are organised by subject groups/call numbers in the open access area. A small part of the Slavic Studies Library is stored in the compactus, but most of it can also be borrowed via swisscovery University and PH Bern catalog.

In addition to monographs, the holdings of the Slavic Studies Library include around 350 closed journals (located in the vonRoll stacks) and 39 current journals that can be borrowed. A smaller collection of non-books (approx. 30 DVDs with feature films in Russian and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, microfiches) completes the collection.

The Slavic Studies Library collects literature in the fields of:

  • literature on Old Church Slavonic
  • Literature in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Polish, Russian and Czech. Study literature and reference works are also available in the other Slavic languages as well as Lithuanian and Latvian.
  • Slavic linguistics in all Slavic languages with a focus on Russian and South Slavic linguistics
  • dictionaries in all Slavic languages
  • primary literature in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Polish, Russian, and Czech
  • We are also happy to receive your acquisition suggestions by e-mail.

We use the scientific Slavic transliteration in which each Cyrillic letter is replaced by a Roman character. Diacritical signs can be omitted when searching the catalog.


Subject librarian