The Foundation of Russian History Library holds over 45,000 cataloged volumes. Materials in its collection date back to the 16th century. The library has particularly strong holdings in doctrinal theology, Russian religious thought, liturgical works, and church history, as well as works on Russian history, philosophy, and literature. Hundreds of rare and unique titles on genealogy were added when the Russian Nobility Association transferred its library and archives to the Foundation of Russian History in 2011. A distinguishing feature of the collection is the large number of rare Russian émigré print material, both from the interwar period and later publications.

The library collection also includes approximately 750 periodical titles, mostly in Russian, including secular and religious pre-revolutionary and émigré publications, many of which are rare or unique.

The library’s collection continues to grow owing to a regular influx of the latest publications in all areas of Slavic and Orthodox studies, particularly in Russian and Russian Orthodox studies. The Foundation enjoys a longstanding collaboration with the Library of Foreign Literature in Moscow through which it receives the latest Russian publications within its collection focus.

The library, located in the lower level of the Seminary building, is open to the general public for educational and research purposes. External researchers may submit an interlibrary loan (ILL) request for books in the library’s regularly circulating collection.

Application for access to the library collection should be made to:

Academic Year
Monday-Thursday 1 PM to 7 PM
Friday and Saturday 1 PM to 5 PM

Summer and Winter Break
Wednesday-Friday 2 PM to 5 PM
Saturday 1 PM to 4 PM

Closed on Major Holidays