The Research Library supports the educational, informational, and research programs of the Marshall Center with a collection of graduate-level research materials spanning the spectrum of political, economic, social, and military issues in Europe and Eurasia with in-depth holdings on crisis and conflict management, national and regional security, democracy, terrorism, and disarmament. This important and unique collection includes over 65,000 books in Russian, English, and German, 300 current periodical subscriptions, 1200 periodical titles in paper and microform formats, and holdings of specialized documents and reports. In addition, the library provides access to a variety of online services and electronic resources, such as databases, journals, and e-books via the online catalog, Marshall Center intranet, and GlobalNet.
Research Library staff provide professional research and reference assistance to faculty, staff, and course participants in Russian, German, and English. They also produce current awareness tools, such as Information Alerts, Info Dienst, and Инфосервис, provide library orientation tours, and offer in-depth instruction in research techniques and library databases.
When the Marshall Center was established in 1993, resources from the former United States Army Russian Institute (USARI), which was founded in 1947 to support advanced research in Soviet and East European studies, formed the basis of the Research Library, becoming its "legacy" collection. These materials included some rare books, items very difficult to find outside the former Soviet Union, and a collection of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty documents.
In 2010 library staff began digitizing legacy materials with the goal of giving public visibility to the special collections housed within our facility. We are pleased to provide access to these digital collections from our online catalog. Digital items are fully searchable within the catalog, but you can also browse them as a complete collection.
Research Library and MERLN
The Research Library is part of the Military Education Research Library Network (MERLN), which is based at the National Defense University in Washington D.C. MERLN was developed to provide gateway access to the combined resources of many of the largest and most comprehensive collections of military information in the world.