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Courses and webinars | © BSB/M. McKee

The new training program for the first half of 2024 is now available! Whether you are a curious beginner or an experienced researcher, we have the right course for you.

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East European, Oriental and Asian Reading Room | © BSB/H.-R. Schulz

After you have logged in on the web page of our booking system, you can now view and manage your bookings in a newly designed overview.

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#standwithukraine | © BSB

On account of the war of aggression waged by the Russian Federation against Ukraine and the immeasurable suffering that the Russian government is bringing to a peaceful, democratic country, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies and the Berlin State Library – Prussian Cultural Heritage suspend their cooperation with the Russian Presidential Library as from today.

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© Markus Bormann –

The "Universitetskaja Biblioteka Online" is an online repository offering access to around 70,000 Russian-language e-books and e-journals. Its focus is on humanities, with the majority of publications being about Russia.

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Socialism on Film: The Cold War and International Propaganda (detail of the flyer) | © Adam Matthew Digital

The film collection "Socialism on Film" comprises documentary films and motion pictures, weekly newsreels and feature films created in the states of the Eastern Bloc, but also in Spain, China, Vietnam or Cuba. It is important for studies of East and South-East Europe, since it gives insights into all aspects of life behind the Iron Curtain, thus documenting audio-visually the period from the Russian Revolution up to the end of the Cold War.

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The newsletter of the Specialised Information Service for East, Central and Southeast European Studies enables you to stay up to date in the field of East-European studies. It contains information about interesting digital or printed source and material collections, newly licensed databases and research tools, freshly published research data, "thematic dossiers" as a "first point of access" to selected areas of content, courses, events and other relevant dates, the further development of services of the "Specialised Information Service for East, Central and Southeast European Studies" and much more.

For further information and registration for the newsletter please go to the research portal osmikon. The earlier issues of the Eastern Europe newsletter continue to be available in the archive.

All numbers of the current newsletter of the Specialised Information Service for East, Central and Southeast European Studies  (in German)

Archive of the former Eastern Europe newsletter of the Department of Eastern Europe  (in German)


Since May 2020, the Specialised Information Service for East, Central and Southeast European Studies has been posting news about their services on Twitter – in particular about books, newly licensed databases, odd finds, new services, etc. – and about everything worth knowing from the field of the relevant international book and information sciences. Follow us!

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