The majority of the print collection on Central Europe is kept on the open shelves at UCL SSEES Library. Most is located on the First Floor of the Library, with the exception of printed periodicals, which are located on the Lower Ground Floor.
To find the physical location of a particular collection, please check our self-guided tour of UCL SSEES Library.
Pamphlets and rare items are held in the onsite local store and are available on request. Low-use material is relegated to UCL Library Services off-site store. For information on how to find and request store items, please see our stores service page.
There is an increasing number of e-books, particularly English language materials. Almost all of our books and e-books can be found in Explore, our library catalogue.
The book collections are very comprehensive and include rare books, such as historically important rare travel books capturing accounts of travel through the Austrian Empire before 1860, digitised as part of the EU’s Europeana Travel project.
The collection also has an extensive selection of classics from the CE countries, represented by authors such as Imre Madách, Margit Kaffka, Karel Čapek, Bohumil Hrabal, Margita Figuli and modern writers, such as Krisztina Toth, Michal Viewegh, Pavel Vilikovský, etc.
There are writings on and by political leaders including T G Masaryk, Václav Havel, contemporary political figures,such as György Schöpflin, Viktor Orban, Miloš Zeman, modern political writers or investigative journalists.
The Art collection includes works on such prominent artists as Alfons Mucha, Toyen, László Moholy-Nagy. The Cinema collection covers mainly the communist period cinematography in Hungary and the Czechoslovak New Wave.
Recent political events such as the EU enlargement, parliamentary elections in CE, CE migration crisis are all reflected in Library holdings.
To take an example, a book on Hungarian history would be found in a sequence of other books relating to various aspects of Hungarian studies. The first element of the classification is an alphabetical mnemonic for the country – for Hungary this is the letter “H”. This is followed by Roman numerals – the classification for history is “IX” and will be followed by further subdivisions to describe different historical periods. The pattern is similar for other countries: Cz.IX is the section for Czech history, Cs.IX for Czechoslovak history, Sk.IX for Slovak history and so on. See our classification scheme:
A brief guide to finding and accessing e-books via UCL Explore.
ReadingLists @UCL is an online service that gives students easy access to materials on their reading lists wherever they are, and allows academic staff to create and update their own reading lists.
On UCL Explore, you can look at the results of your search to quickly discover if a book is available in print or/and online: View Online means that the book is available electronically, while Available means that the book is available in print. In some cases a book is available both in print and online.
UCL Libraries' off-site store is a closed access collection which houses important research material not currently in high demand. The material at this site will have 'Store' as its location on Explore. Users can request store material for delivery to the Science Library. Users should complete a Store Request Form in order to request material from this location.