The Slavic Collections of the University of Kansas Libraries are a significant resource for both the University and for patrons across the nation and worldwide, who come regularly to use the more than 300,000 bound volumes, 3,000 periodical titles, and other documents spread among the various units of the Libraries system.
The extent of the Slavic Collections is symbiotically related to the strength of the University's academic programs in the Russian and East European area, of which KU is justifiably proud. An outstanding library collection contributes directly to the preeminence of KU's academic programs by facilitating learning, intellectual development, and research. More than 45 KU faculty members in 14 different departments and schools and their 250 students are presently engaged in advanced work in different areas of Slavic studies; they rely on the University Libraries to provide them with materials vital to their scholarship. Each year the Libraries welcome more than 50 visiting professors and scholars from the region, the nation, and the world who come to use the Libraries' special collections in Renaissance Polonica, late medieval Slavic imprints, World War II documents, pre-revolutionary Russian pamphlets, and early 20th century materials on Yugoslavia and the Balkans, among others. The Slavic Collections has also acquired many volumes in Turkic and Persian languages.