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Belarusian Language and Literature: Finding books

National Library of Belarus

Searching in Cyrillic

if you wish to search the catalogue of a Belarusian library such as:

Belarusian national library  The portal is in three languages: Belarusian, Russian and English.

You will need to be able to type in Cyrillic.  It is quite easy to instal a Cyrillic keyboard onto a computer these days.  However, if you do not have access to a Cyrillic keyboard, the Russian search engine Yandex offers a virtual keyboard which you can use when necessary as it has a Belarusian keyboard option.

Other Belarusian search-engines include Akavita and Google Belarus


How to locate books

Works of Belarusian literature and books about Belarusian language and literature are to be found in the Research Collection of the Taylor Institution Library.  This library also has a good selection of Belarusian Language and Literature periodicals and reference material.

In order to locate books on the shelves you will need to find out the shelfmark by looking your title up on SOLO.  You will need to transliterate according to the Library of Congress (LC) Transliteration Scheme if you are looking for a Belarusian title on SOLO (although more and more titles are appearing on the catalogue in Cyrillic). When you have looked up your title you can take the copy from the shelves

There are two classification schemes at the Taylor Institution Library.  New books in the Research collection and  the undergraduate collection are classified according to a standard version of the LC classification scheme used across the Bodleian libraries.  Older books in both collections are classified according to inhouse adaptations of LC.  LC Slavonic  shelfmarks  begine with  the letters PG. They are then numerically subdivided by language and literature.  The Belarusian  sequence begins PG2830.

If you come across a shelfmark beginning TNR or REP. SLAV (or no shelf-mark at all), this means that the book is kept out at the Bodleian Storage Facility (BSF) and you will have to do a stack request.

If you cannot find the book on SOLO, you could try looking for it on Library Hub Discover which is a union online catalogue of UK national, academic and specialist libraries.  WorldCat covers libraries throughout the world and includes millions of records representing 400 languages. KVK (Karlsruher virtueller Katalog) is another union catalogue covering academic and national libraries throughout Europe and beyond.

The National Library of Belarus is an indispensable resource.

There is a library specialising in Belarusian materials in London the Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library and Museum.

If you cannot find a particular text in Oxford you may sometimes be able to find it on an electronic library such as Belaruskaia Palichka.  See also section on Finding Ebooks in this guide on electronic libraries.



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