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Summer Research Laboratory Orientation

A guide to the UIUC Library, Federated Searching, SFX, Ref Works, and Current Awareness, created for visiting scholars during the Summer Research Lab.


Welcome to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and to the Summer Research Lab! The Summer Lab will be held this year from June 11th to August 3rd, 2018.

The history of the Summer Research Lab dates back to the founding of the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center in 1958. At the time, the University of Illinois was not known as a center for Slavic area studies. It was the arrival of Dr. Ralph Fisher that spearheaded the initiative to grow the center into a nationally - and later internationally - renowned area studies center. In the following year, he hired Larry Miller to take charge of the Slavic collection at the university library, and by 1964, in less than six years, it was already the largest Slavic library collection in the Midwest. The year 1970 greeted another milestone for Russian, East European, and Eurasian area studies on campus when the Slavic Division at the library moved to its own separate reading room, where all the library staff and scholars from various departments could come together. The first session of the Summer Research Lab was in 1973, not only marking a turning point for campus area studies, but setting a nationwide precedent for research pertaining to this region. Within the next two years, the Slavic Reference Service was officially established, thereby enabling the Slavic librarians to remotely share their reference knowledge with scholars worldwide throughout the year.

Nowadays, thanks to the visionary work of Ralph Fisher, Larry Miller, and many other Slavic librarians and scholars, the collection on campus is routinely ranked as the second or third largest Slavic collection in the country. Furthermore, the strong ties between the Slavic Reference Service and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center has served as a model for how the other area centers interact with and draw from the International Reference Services in the library. Both the institutional strength of the center and the vastness of the library collection have drawn some of the best scholars in myriad fields such as literature, cinema, history, musicology, and anthropology to call the University of Illinois their home, marking it as an intellectual landmark for Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies in many disciplines. (For more information on the history of the center and the library's Slavic collection, check out this blog post.)

During your time here as an SRL Associate, you will have full library privileges to conduct research. These privileges include free access to the stacks, use of a carrel, and the right to check out books and bound periodicals. This guide will serve to orient visiting scholars on the multitude of research technologies available at the University of Illinois Library. 

The Slavic Reference Service staff will be available to assist you with technology related issues. Do not hesitate to contact us at:

For more information about our library, please visit the Learn website for an Insider's guide to the library

Other information:

Slavic Reference Service

In August of 2011, the Slavic, Asian, Africana, and the Latin American and Caribbean departmental libraries were consolidated into the International and Area Studies (IAS) Library. But aside from that, the Slavic Reference Service, Acquisitions, and Cataloging staff continue to work, collaborate, and communicate with each other to create an ideal research space for SRL participants. All of the services associated with the Summer Research Laboratory for the last forty years are still in place. Throughout your stay, the Slavic Reference Staff are ready to assist you with research inquiries, to verify citations, to locate materials and holding institutions, to use research technologies, library access and policies, and with bibliographic sources.  

Contact Information


Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

International and Area Studies Library Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9:00 am-6:00 pm; Friday: 9-5pm Saturday-Sunday: 1:00 pm -5:00 pm

Phone: 217-333-1349


319A, Main Library (Inside the IAS Library)
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61801

Main Library 

Summer Hours: Monday- Friday: 8:30am-6pm; Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 pm -5:00 pm (Phonecenter M-F 8:30-5pm)



Main Library
1408 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61801

Note: Other library divisions of interest and their summer session library hours.

History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library 

Summer Hours: Monday-Friday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm; closed Saturday & Sunday

Phone: (217) 333-1509


246 Main Library
1408 W. Gregory Drive 
Urbana, IL 61801


Undergraduate Library

Summer Hours: Monday -Thursday: 8:30 am-6:00 pm; Friday: 8:30 am-5:00 pm; closed Saturday & Sunday

Phone: 217.333.3477


1402 West Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL, 61801



Grainger Engineering Library

Summer Hours: Monday-Thursday: 8:30 am - 3 am; Friday: 8:30 am-6:00 pm; Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 pm -8:00 pm



1301 W. Springfield Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801

Libraries will be closed on July 4.

Wireless Access at U of I

Here you'll find some information on Internet Access on and off Campus (Note: These annotations were composed by Technology Services at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

IllinoisNet is the primary wireless network on campus. It is a WPA2 secure wireless network that will allow you to access online campus resources. In most cases, once you properly configure your laptop, tablet, or phone to connect to IllinoisNet, you will be able to automatically connect to IllinoisNet anywhere on campus without having to log in again.

IllinoisNet_Start is a network that you can use to easily configure your laptop, tablet, or phone to connect to IllinoisNet. You only need to use IllinoisNet_Start once. After successfully completing the configuration process, you will be able to connect immediately to IllinoisNet, and you will no longer have to use IllinoisNet_Start.

IllinoisNet_Start can also be used by visitors to campus to gain limited, temporary access to our wireless network.

UIUCnet is a less-secure on campus wireless network for students, faculty, and staff. UIUCnet will require you to log in with your University credentials every time that you connect to wireless. If you are frustrated by the constant need to log in every time you want to use wireless, we recommend connecting to IllinoisNet instead of UIUCnet.

This less-secure network can be used by the public to connect to wireless. Students, faculty, and staff should not use UIPublicWifi. In addition, visitors to campus should use the IllinoisNet_Start visitor connection instead of UIPublicWifi.

More information can be found at:

Connecting to the internet

Information for long-term guests

Guests and visitors guide

Contact Information

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Slavic Reference Service
International & Area Studies Library
319a Main Library
University of Illinois
1408 West Gregory Drive
Urbana, Illinois 61801