Library and archive holdings

Libraries and archives in the UK where significant holdings of Ukraine-related material can be found:

British Library

The largest collection of Ukraine-related books and periodicals in the UK is held in the British Library, whose main site is in London. The BL website contains an overview of the library’s Ukrainian Collections. You can search for books and periodicals in the Integrated Catalogue. Information on registering for a reader pass can be found here.

University libraries

Significant collections of UK-related books and periodicals can be found in various UK university libraries, notably those at Oxford, Cambridge and the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies. The Copac library catalogue gives free access to the merged online catalogues of many major university, specialist, and national libraries in the UK and Ireland.

Shevchenko Library and Archive

The Shevchenko Library and Archive of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain is the largest library maintained by the Ukrainian community in the UK. Its holdings of books, periodicals and archive materials are predominantly in Ukrainian.

National Archives

The National Archives (NA) at Kew in South West London contain a wealth of research material relating to Ukraine. Guidance on using the archives and a searchable online catalogue are available on the NA website. Information on a large number of Ukraine-related documents held in the NA can be found in British Foreign Office Files on Ukraine and Ukrainians 1917-1948, compiled by J. V. Koshiw (details).

Other archives

Material relating to Ukraine is held in a variety of other archives in the UK. Many of these are listed in Documentary Sources Relating to Ukraine in Repositories in the United Kingdom: A Preliminary Check-list (Kyiv; London, 1993) compiled by Janet M. Hartley – available here.