2. Resources in the UK
We cannot list all the libraries in the UK holding Russian resources. Always search the catalogues of your University library first, and those which are in your neighbourhood. University libraries tend to have different specialismsdepending on the research interests of the lecturers and researchers associated with the institution, so collections may vary considerably. Be creative when doing your research and use COPAC to locate your materials.
British Library Russian Collection covers the 17th to 20th centuries.
The Scott Polar Research Institute library contains over 25,000 records, dating from 1671, concerning northern Russia and Siberia. The collection is searchable online. The Institute is the oldest international centre for Polar Research within a university, founded as a memorial to Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his four colleagues, who died returning from the South Pole in 1912.
University College London's School of Slavonic and East European Studies library holds 357,000 volumes of books, pamphlets and periodicals, an extensive collection of newspapers from Central and Eastern Europe and Russia and a continually updated audio-visual collection of documentaries, feature films and news. The Russian collections contains over 100,000 books and over 160 periodicals, of which 25 are current newspapers. Special collections include over 100 early Church Slavonic and Russian books as well as a large travel writing collection. Some access restrictions apply.