Electronic Libraries

This is a collection of links to electronic libraries and online books. It is a work in progress, and any suggestions for content will be gratefully received by the editors. Contact them here.

Anyone searching for specific topics or texts should also consider approaching their local Slavic librarian. For a list of specialist librarians in our field, see the International Directory of Librarians and Library Specialists in the Slavic and East European Field.

Individual Online Sources

Electronic Libraries

Electronic Manuscript Libraries


Collections of Historical Sources


Individual Online Projects

The Russian Primary Chronicle (Laurentian text), translated and edited by Samuel Hazzard Cross and Olgerd P. Sherbowitz-Wetzor. Fully digitized OCR edition.

Polnoe Sobranie Russkikh Letopisey (PSRL) - A complete collection of Old Russian chronicles, in pdf and djvu digital document formats

Pskov 3rd Chronicle, in English translation by David Savignac.

"Russia in the Reign of Aleksei Mikhailovich" - english translation of Grigorii Karpovich Kotoshikhin's text, edited by Marshall Poe. Open access.

Fedorov Primer (Azbuka, L’viv: Ivan Fedorov, 1574). Go to http://catalogue.bl.uk, search for Fedorov Primer, click the first entry, and in the section ‘I want this’ click Digital Item Go.

Church Slavonic Books in Sweden: Gothenburg and Skara A catalogue of the Church Slavonic works held in Sweden

Sourcebook on Russian palaeography 11th–18th cc. (TOC in Russian only)

Book of watermarks 17th–20th cc. (text in Russian only)

Electronic Libraries

This section contains links to collections of digitized versions of both modern books and manuscripts.

Electronic Library of Ukraine

Polish National Library

Pushkinskii Dom

Russian State Library

Russian National Library

Rukopisnye pamyatniki Drevney Rusi - East Slavic letopisi and other sources of Kievan Rus'

Runivers.ru - A huge online collection of pre-revolutionary books on Russian history

H-Russia's OCR Bookshelf - digitised, searcheable editions of major publications of sources on Russian history, such as the Complete Collection of Laws of the Russian Empire

Electronic Manuscript Libraries

This section contains links to collections of digitized manuscripts.

Titus - Database on Historical Slavonic Texts.

Manuscript - Slavonic Written Heritage - early Slavonic texts, including Glagolitic texts.

Litopisi - Slavonic Chronicles.

Biblioteka Frontistesa - Early Slavonic Texts from across South Eastern and Eastern Europe, in particular religious texts.

The Slavonic Antiquity

Obshtezhitie - Web Portal for the Study of Cyrillic and Glagolitic Manuscripts and Early Printed Books.

Kodeks - Old Church Slavonic, Old Russian, Slavic Scripts and Fonts for Slavists; Cultural History of Slavic Countries and Peoples, Southeastern Europe and the Balkans (University of Bamberg).

Versiones Slavonicae - Catalogue of medieval Slavonic translations and their Greek sources

Zograf Electronic Research Library - pre-modern Bulgarian manuscripts


Parallel Corpus of the Tale of Igor’s Campaign

Corpus of Old Slavic Texts from the XIth Century

Corpus Cyrillo-Methodianum Helsingiense - An Electronic Corpus of Old Church Slavonic Texts

RRuDi – A Russian Diachronic Online Corpus

Parallel Text Bible in Old Church Slavonic, Greek, Hebrew, Latin and Modern Russian

Parallel Text Bible in Old Church Slavonic and Other Languages

SKAT - St. Petersburg corpus of hagiographic texts

TITUS - Corpora in Old Church Slavonic and other pre-Modern Slavic languages

Collections of Historical Sources

This section contains links to collections of historical texts.

History Faculty of Moscow State University - This page collects together sources on Russian History pre-1700.

Vostochnaia Literatura - A huge collection of medieval sources.

Drevnerusskie berestianye gramoty - Scans and transcriptions of Medieval Russian birchbark documents.